The marketing campaign asks “Do you bleed blue?”. If you really like them and you also bleed a lot of green, they could be yours.
The St. Louis Blues and the arena where their games are played are up for sale. Citing sources close to owners Bill and Nancy Laurie, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the couple has lost in the neighborhood of $60 million over the last two seasons. It can only be assumed that the bulk of those losses have been the direct result of the loss of the 2004-2005 season due to player lockout.
The Lauries, who live in Columbia, Mo., bought the team in 1999 and are no strangers to sports. Bill Laurie was a point guard on the Memphis St. team that lost to UCLA in the 1973 championship game. They are also heavily involved in MU basketball. Their $25-million donation to help build the Mizzou Arena was the largest private gift the University of Missouri ever received.
In related news, the Savvis Center will have to find a new name. Savvis has paid $5.5 million to get out of their 20-year contract to have the company’s name associated with the arena.