In 1995, Jerry Reinsdorf said, "a savvy negotiator creates leverage."
In 2010, Peter Gammons said, MLB teams "need to be able to blackmail" cities.
In 2014, Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said, the Sacramento Kings were helped to a new arena "by the drama with it all.”
And now, I've discovered this gem from Penguins legend/owner Mario Lemieux in 2008:
"We had to do a few things to put pressure on the city and the state, but our goal was to remain here in Pittsburgh all the way. Those trips to Kansas City and Vegas and other cities was just to go, and have a nice dinner and come back."
"(Pressure) was felt, and that was the important thing. A lot of things happened throughout the negotiations. Ups and downs. That was just a way for us to put more pressure, and we knew it would work at the end of the day," Lemieux said.Fans should take note of the 100:1 ratio of owner threats to owner relocations.