What you will see here next are items reported by us and verified by various people in other media reports.
- Original Story - The CMSB reported the Portland Pirates had reached "an agreement in principal" with The Albany Times Union Center "if the i's are dotted and the t's get crossed", a formal announcement could be made by the end of this week or next".This quote is from the WCSH Channel 6 web post that quoted Albany Times Union Center General Manager Bob Belber, "Belber says he agreed to all of the Pirates demands and handed Petrovek a contract to sign. But in the end he says it was clear Petrovek was using the negotiations with Albany to get a better deal in Portland." Here is the audio of that exchange, WCSH Reporter Chris Rose reporting.
- Owner Brian Petrovek on with Jeff Schools from The CMSB and Joe Palmeiri from The Morning Jab on 96.3 The Big Jab Thursday Morning. Brian Petrovek stated unequivocally "I had to complete the process of a negotiation in order to figure out and find out what was really there for us"
These facts are verified by the people actually involved in the negotiations. Please know that while we are an entity born out of being fans of sports and the sports media connection, we are 100% committed to following time honored traditions of the written media. Using "unnamed" sources, while in some circles is not allowed, it has become a regular way from media to get stories. We can also tell you with 100% of certainty that at the time of each report, we verified the story with MULTIPLE sources.
In the end did we live up to the headline "SOURCES: Pirates have a deal in principal with Times Union Center"? Duhaime.org is a legal site that has acclaim all over the net as a great place to get legal questions and definitions boiled down to understandable term.
Duhaime.org defining "Agreement in Principal"
Mr. Dougherty seems to be distancing himself from our reports, even though on March 2nd he said "At worst the (CMSB) report was premature". He also stated later that same day that the Pirates had legitimate interest in Albany. Mr. Dougherty stated in response to a commenter, and I quote:
I can assure you that no one is playing games here. Portland is serious in its interest in Albany, and I don’t believe the building here is being used as leverage against the Cumberland County Civic Center.
We here find it laughable someone would call our reporting "flat out wrong" when it's been verified by many involved in the negotiations as "dead-on", and to be told we're wrong when comparing scorecards is rather comical. This is our very last word on the subject.
Editor Matt Boutwell and Associate Editor Jeff Schools both contributed to this report