Discomfort between Luc Lavoie and Pierre-Carl Péladeau.
TVA employee, Lavoie throws the idea of a Nordic comeback under the bus.
The political and sports scene in Quebec is characterized by an interesting, and above all uncomfortable, dilemma involving two influential figures: Luc Lavoie, the famous TVA political analyst, and its boss Pierre-Carl Péladeau, the media “mogul” who has sworn to bring the country back. (Nordics in Quebec).
Luc Lavoie, known for his harsh analyzes and strong positions, was categorical in his rejection of the idea of the Nordiques returning.
As a political analyst, he expressed reservations about the economic and political ramifications of such a project. For him, this is a “unicorn” project and it is absolutely impossible to achieve.
“Quebecor is a very well-run company, it is a profitable company, it provides good returns to its shareholders, including the depository fund and others, but Quebecor is not able to wake up one morning and say: I'm going to put 1.1 billion on the table to get a license to pay for “Hockey team. They'll close down, they'll go bankrupt.” says Luc Lavoie on TVA.
“There is no one who is able to prove that the Quebec community, in the urban sense of the matter, has enough money circulating there to buy hockey boxes for $150,000 or $200,000 a year.”
For his part, Pierre-Carl Péladeau made the revival of the Nordic countries one of his priority goals. As the future owner of the team (if he returns), his commitment to the Nordiques' return is unambiguous. He promised to mobilize all the necessary resources to make this sporting dream dear to the hearts of Quebecers a reality.
“We have a world-class amphitheater and a real enthusiastic audience following the Nordics, the economic environment with Minister Eric Girard going to New York, the economy in full swing, and the unemployment rate is low.” (Credit: TVA Sports)
“I cannot fail to mention Quebecor, which has great financial resources, but also has the ability to promote this event.”
“I'm willing to have partners: We're seeing this more and more given the value of franchises across all professional sports.”
“It is certainly too early to say who could be part of a consortium, we can have a little idea after all, but on this point, I will remain conservative. But there are also important companies whose headquarters are in Quebec.”
“Of course we want to bring back the Nordiques and we want to participate in this dream. Being a major broadcaster: TVA and its entire organization is the leading broadcaster in Quebec. There are some who are trying to come and get us, but as someone else says, they better wake up early!”
This difference of opinion between Luc Lavoie and Pierre-Carl Péladeau creates an unease that can be felt miles away, especially within the TVA group, where both men hold influential positions.
While Beladoux promises to do everything in his power to bring an NHL hockey team to Quebec, Lavoie remains skeptical about the feasibility and real benefits of such a project.
This confrontation raises questions about the tense dynamics at Quebecor and TVA, on the eve of a lockdown that will affect many parents. Let's say talk of a Nordic comeback upsets many TVA staffers.
While Péladeau doggedly pursues his goal, Lavoie continues to analyze the situation with a critical eye, highlighting the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the return of Nordiques to Quebec.
Ultimately, this tension between two influential figures in the Quebec scene reflects broader debates about the role of sports in society, public investment in sports infrastructure, and the province's economic and political priorities.
After all, the Videotron Center was built with taxpayer money… for absolutely nothing…
We can understand Lavoie's caustic attitude towards the project, especially in the context of the economic crisis. Sometimes Pierre Carl Péladeau doesn't live in the same world as us…
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