By Ryan McGreal
Published August 03, 2010
Yesterday, Hamilton Mountain News ran a story by Kevin Werner titled, "Hamilton luring 'Cats to west harbour", which begins:
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said city officials are expected to offer a last-minute deal to convince the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to accept a stadium at the west harbour site.
"Without getting into specifics, I would say yes," said Eisenberger. "Discussions are ongoing, and have been for some time."
Then, today's Spectator ran an article by Jenni Dunning titled, "Talks ongoing, but cats still shun west harbour", which reads in part:
Eisenberger said: "There have been meetings and discussions all the way through. We've been in an ongoing facilitation process."
He did not confirm what areas of discussion the city and the Ticats are focusing on in their talks.
Their latest discussions have not been about a last-minute offer from the city, added Eisenberger, after media reports last night suggested otherwise.
Did Werner reporter overstate the story or is Eisenberger now backtracking to save face?
On the one side, the Mayor's office replied to an email request for clarification by stating, "the city is not planning such an offer. The Hamilton Spectator's report is accurate."
On the other, the Mountain News stands behind the story. Eisenberger "was asked the question and that was his answer."
It should be interesting (that word again) to see how this - yet another wrinkle in the Story That Never Ends (Until August 10) - unfolds.