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Youngstown Phantoms will stay with Covelli Centre

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Covelli Centre's keeping the Youngstown Phantoms Hockey team for the upcoming season.

The company that runs the facility, JAC Management, received a contract extension from the city today, allowing it to make the decision on the Phantoms future for next year.

There was a termination clause allowing the city to drop the Phantoms before the end of its contract, if the city was losing money on hockey.

Executive Director Eric Ryan says the Phantoms paid $18,000 in penalties for low attendance last year, so the city still made money on hockey.

"At the end of the day, we want to make as much money as we can but we also want the facility to be used as much as possible. So if we were to terminate this contract, it would have really left us 30 less dates this year than we would otherwise have," Ryan says.

The upcoming season will be the last of the Phantoms current five year contract.

Ryan says they will be reevaluating after the start of the season.

There's also no deal to bring more YSU basketball games to the facility, which a city commissioned study recommended as an alternative to hockey.

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