Published: September 23, 2009 at 11:12 AMPretty sure those objections would be overcome when we're talking about billions of dollars.
Published: September 23, 2009 at 11:30 AMThat is a major conflict in interest there. Taking Shamu from SeaWorld is like slicing your wrists, and that's what Merlin would be doing if they did take the whales and dolphins away. I'm now hoping someone else will step in to save Busch. I really enjoy the parks a lot and I really don't want to see them disappear.
Published: September 23, 2009 at 11:56 AMit looks like that would just have to change the show to be what the were in the past. Teach people with entertainment and not just the shows they do now
Published: September 23, 2009 at 1:39 PMYou mean, gasp, LEARN????
oooooh no. School ended for me, I don't want to go back!! Yuk, lol!
Published: September 23, 2009 at 1:57 PMCould it be that Merlin has this policy because they're based in UK/Europe which is home to more fanatical animal rights activists than in teh USA?
Published: September 23, 2009 at 2:08 PMHave you mentioned before the non-compete that Blackstone signed with Universal in conjunction with the financing documents (S-4 filed with SEC) for parks in the State of Florida in February 2008? I believe the basic gist was that Vivendi, Blackstone, and Universal had to seek permission from the other parties if they decided to invest in theme parks inside of Florida.
Here's the language from the S-4
During the term of the Partnership none of the Partners nor any of their affiliates (while such Partner or any
affiliate shall be a Partner) shall, without the consent of the other Partners engage, directly or indirectly, in a Similar
Theme Park within the State of Florida. During the term of the Partnership, none of the Blackstone Partners nor any of
their respective affiliates (while any of the Blackstone Partners or any of their respective affiliates shall be a Partner) shall
without the consent of UniCo engage, directly or indirectly, in a Similar Theme Park anywhere else in the world. None of
the Blackstone Partners nor UniCo nor any of their respective affiliates shall be restricted in the ownership or, operation of
facilities similar to the Studio anywhere in the world. UniCo and its affiliates shall be free to engage in Similar Theme
Parks anywhere in the world outside the State of Florida. The provisions of this Subsection 31(b) are subject to the
exceptions and qualifications hereinafter provided in this Section 31.
Published: September 23, 2009 at 4:53 PMMerlin is a subsidiary of Blackstone as will be Busch Entertainment Corp. Problem solved.
Published: September 24, 2009 at 4:48 AMWouldn't that be like being interested in buying Disney, but having a corporate policy about the use of rodent mammals?