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12/20/2006 11:55:42 AM


The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins was thrown into further doubt after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awarded a casino license to Majestic Star Casino.

St. Louis-based Isle of Capri, who had their casino license application rejected, had promised to build a new $290-million arena for the Penguins.

Majestic Star, which is led by Detroit businessman Don Barden, has offered to help pay for an arena by contributing $7.5-million a year for the next 30 years. However, the state and the team would have to contribute money as well under their proposal.

Isle of Capri and Forest City Enterprises, another failed applicant, have 30 days to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court.

Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato have said they are willing to sit down with the Penguins as soon as Thursday to hash out an agreement that would build an arena and keep the team in Pittsburgh, according to Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

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