Katz: Sorry About Seattle


In a move that I thought I’d never see, Daryl Katz has apologized for the charade that he helped orchestrate in Seattle this past Monday.  In order to save face, he kind of had to.

In case you’re just joining us, Oilers owner Daryl Katz rounded up Patrick LaForge, Kevin Lowe and some guy named Wayne Gretzky this past week and took them to see the Seattle Seahawks game on Monday night.  This might not be such a big deal, except that the Katz group released a statement saying that exploring arena options was “prudent” as the Oilers hadn’t reached a new arena deal in four years.

Yeah, horse crap.  The Oilers are very profitable in Edmonton.   And, almost everyone called the Katz group on their bluff.


Daryl Katz issued an apology today, telling us everything we already knew.  Katz tells us that he was “upset” when his “integrity was called into question”, and responded by “trying to send a message to City leaders that they should not take my support for a new arena for granted”.

(If you’re interested, you can see the full apology letter here).

Okay, fine.  I’m ready to move on from the whole ugly scenario.  But let this be a lesson for everybody.  You’ve got a good thing going here, Daryl.  Rabid fans line up to buy tickets to a team that’s been bad for years, and they’ve been excited to do so.  They do it all in an ugly barn, too.

Let’s all come to an agreement that everyone can live with.  Maybe that involves you pitching in a couple of quarters to the cost of this roast.

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