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Author: Andrew Conte
ISBN: 1935628100
Subcategory: Americas
Pages 256 pages
Publisher Blue River Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
Language English
Category: History
Rating: 4.7
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eBook Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Rebirth download

by Andrew Conte


Andrew Conte in Breakaway, explains how and why we are so lucky to be one of the best hockey cities in the .

Andrew Conte in Breakaway, explains how and why we are so lucky to be one of the best hockey cities in the world.

Andrew Conte's new book, Breakway, tells the dramatic story of the Penguins'. Discover the best Hockey in Best Sellers.

Andrew Conte, author of the fascinating new book, BREAKAWAY: The Inside Story of The Pittsburgh Penguins’ .

Andrew Conte, author of the fascinating new book, BREAKAWAY: The Inside Story of The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Rebirth, says the project was an eye-opener for hi. And as for the drawn-out process on deciding who would receive the Pittsburgh casino license and directly impact the future of the team and the city, the author has that nailed. No less an authority than national hockey writer Craig Custance, now with espn. com, says, Breakaway has the perfect blend of dogged reporting and colorful story-telling. The detail Andrew Conte provides while lifting the curtain on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh is remarkable.

Good look at the decline and rise of the Pittsburgh Penguins, from 2004 through the beginning of the 2010 season when the new arena opened

Good look at the decline and rise of the Pittsburgh Penguins, from 2004 through the beginning of the 2010 season when the new arena opened. I started reading this shortly before GM Ray Shero was fired and finished it the day before Coach Dan Bylsma was fired (although after Shero was fired, I assumed Bylsma would go, too).

Breakaway : The Insisde Story of the Pittsburg Penuin's Rebirth. No one can lift hockey's Stanley Cup on his own. Winning a championship takes talented athletes, committed owners, creative executives and enthusiastic fans. For the Pittsburgh Penguins, it also meant breaking away from tradition and the way things had always been done. With team owners desperate to replace the league's oldest rink and leakiest arena, the Penguins win the rights to draft the hottest player in a generation.

Already the Pittsburgh Penguins were unconventional Breakaway brings the hockey fan into the action of the behind the scenes intrigue and high stakes action in the front office of a major league sports franchise.

Already the Pittsburgh Penguins were unconventional. One former owner, a Hollywood producer, used the team as backdrop for a blockbuster movie with terrorists attacking during a championship game. Then after the Penguins won two real championships, its star forward Mario Lemieux took ownership of the team when it could not afford to pay the 3. million he was owed. Breakaway brings the hockey fan into the action of the behind the scenes intrigue and high stakes action in the front office of a major league sports franchise. Caractéristiques détailléesBreakaway.

Breakaway transcends Americans passions for sports and casino gambling as it follows two professional hockey team owners who run the table from bankruptcy to a lucrative new arena and the most-storied trophy in all of sports. Already the Pittsburgh Penguins were unconventional.

Andrew Conte, a School of Communication part-time professor and director of the Point Park News Service, goes behind the scenes in his book Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Rebirth. The book details the Penguins' journey from bankruptcy and losing seasons to its 2009 Stanley Cup win and the opening of its new arena in the summer of 2010. After its release on Oct.

Bibliographic Details. Main Author: Conte, Andrew. Pittsburgh Penguins (Hockey team) History. Breakaway : From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL-The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes. by: Pinchevsky, Tal. Published: (2012). by: Starkey, Ted. Killer B's : The Boston Bruins Capture Their First Stanley Cup in 39 Years. by: Globe, The Boston.

Breakaway transcends Americans passions for sports and casino gambling as it follows two professional hockey team owners who run the table from bankruptcy to a lucrative new arena and the most-storied trophy in all of sports.

Already the Pittsburgh Penguins were unconventional. One former owner, a Hollywood producer, used the team as backdrop for a blockbuster movie with terrorists attacking during a championship game. Then after the Penguins won two real championships, its star forward Mario Lemieux took ownership of the team when it could not afford to pay the $32.5 million he was owed. Rather than skating off to a richer market, he stayed in Pittsburgh, a city going through its own transformation from gritty steel to clean, high-tech industries. To make payroll, Lemieux partnered with California billionaire Ron Burkle, a Page Six celebrity and pal of President Bill Clinton.

None of that changed the fact that no one wins without cash. To make that money, a team needs a modern arena with luxury boxes, club seats and concession stands serving quality cuts of beef and micro-brewed beers. Defying conventional wisdom about sports and gambling, Lemieux rolled the dice on slot machines. When that idea became an uncertain prospect, Lemieux threatened to unload the team, nearly selling it to the Canadian business mogul who makes BlackBerry wireless devices. Finally, Lemieux forced politicians into doing what he wanted all along: They came up with money for an arena that would keep the team in Pittsburgh. In a meeting so secret that it took place in the back room of a New Jersey roadside hotel, Pennsylvania s Gov. Ed Rendell worked out a deal for using the state s slots proceeds to pay for the building. The moment brought together two old friends from Democratic circles: the governor and Burkle, a major party benefactor.

Then Lemieux and Burkle hit a hockey lottery jackpot, winning rights to draft the hottest phenomenon in a generation, Sidney Crosby, 17, who, like basketball s LeBron James, had been marked for greatness since grade school. The owners already had picked up another hot prospect: Evgeni Malkin, a Russian who played for the Steelers of the Ural Mountains, snuck away from his old team s owners in a late-night escape with the drama of a Cold War spy novel.

Breakaway brings the hockey fan into the action of the behind the scenes intrigue and high stakes action in the front office of a major league sports franchise.

Lavivan
This is a book about the Penguins, the city it's legion of loyal hockey fans and the endless amount of work needed to save a hockey team.
Joony
If you want to know the history of how Pittsburgh,PA almost lost their hockey team- a must read
Purestone
Conte has written a remarkable story of how Pittsburgh almost lost their hockey team and the inner workings of the dealings that not only saved the team, but launched a resurgence of the Pittsburgh Penguins and their brand. The Penguins have now become one of the most marketable and successful teams in professional sports. Not only is it a story about a hockey team, but also a great business story.
Lesesshe
Great book for any Penguins fan
Nahn
Great book. Well researched and well written. I recommend it for any Pittsburgh Penguins fan!
Tenius
Gift for husband, was very pleased
Fordredor
As a passionate longtime Pens fan, I thought I knew the history of the tea during the Lemieux years. This book told so much more! From the number of times the team was for sale, to how Pa Casinos impacted the course of a new arena, to how Evgeni Malkin finally made it to the team. I could not put it down. Highly recommended for die hard Pens fans.
I do enjoy the inner workings of sports franchises but this book is more a book on the business of saving a team than the actual players and play on the ice. The Pittsburgh Penguins' story in the '00s when the franchise fell on hard times is one worthy of telling given the Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin era that hauled it out of its malaise and got the Pens another Stanley Cup in 2009. The fact that the face of the franchise, one of the greatest players ever, Mario Lemieux literally became the "face" of the franchise when he helped lead an ownership group to both save the team from moving to Kansas City...or Vegas and also got the new arena off the ground and built.

The author really digs deep to get into all the wheeling and dealing it took to save the team and get that new arena built. The problem is the whole on/off again Isle of Capri casino tie-in after yet another chapter on the machinations of all this and Pennsylvania's awarding of casino licenses, my eyes glazed over and I skipped ahead to the much more interesting stuff about players, coaches, trades, free agent signings and the new arena deal.

So, if you're looking for a "hockey" book, this is not it. It is a good look into sports business in the modern age and there's still plenty in here for the hockey fan to chew on. Just don't expect a sports book out of this.