BY BUDDY NEVINS
Try this one on: Fort Lauderdale Panthers.
Fort Lauderdale City Hall is cool to the idea of taking the bed tax money from their tourist industry and give it to a team on the edge of the Everglades.
So part of the deal being talked about at the Government Center is to buy off pols by changing the name of Broward’s hockey team from the Florida Panthers to the Fort Lauderdale Panthers.
“That would be millions of dollars of promotion for Fort Lauderdale,” one person working on the deal said. “Every time that team was mentioned, Fort Lauderdale would be mentioned to. Talk about tourist promotion.”
One sticking point is that all mention of Sunrise be eliminated in promoting the team, something that city would not appreciate.
This one is a long way from happening but it is actively being talked about in the corridors of the Government Center and City Hall.
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