The guys start the show talking about the use of public money for arena projects - a topic that Jeff & Jason LOVE talking about, especially as they're both so strongly against it.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Calgary yesterday (Jeff thought he felt a disturbance in the Force) to talk to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce members about a potential new sports complex, CalgaryNEXT would include a hockey arena to serve as home for the NHL's Calgary Flames, the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, the NLL's Calgary Roughnecks as well as a football stadium that would be home to the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.
The issue? The Calgary Flames ownership wants approximately $200 million from the city of Calgary to cover the cost of a "Field House" that would be part of the complex.
As Jason so aptly puts it, "The road to hell is paved with money used for publicly funded arenas..."
And speaking of rich douchebags, this guy...
They call him "Mr. Wonderful", ironically of course. He's Kevin O'Leary. He's one of the Sharks on the hit US TV show, 'Shark Tank'. Before that, he was one of the Dragons on Canada's 'Dragon's Den'. He's also incredibly wealthy and never shy about sharing his opinion.
While appearing on a radio talk show in Toronto yesterday, O'Leary said he'd invest $1 Million into the energy sector if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley resigned from her post. Jeff admitted that, as an Albertan, he's no fan of Notley however O'Leary just ends up looking like an ass in this situation.
In the end, it was Notley who won the war of words during a press conference late Tuesday afternoon when she responded to O'Leary's offer with the following:
"You know, the last time a group of wealthy businessmen tried to tell Alberta how to vote, I ended up becoming Premier."
The guys followed this up with discussion about Canada's new "Pick And Pay" system of selecting TV channels that will come into effect in 2016. Essentially, Canadians will now be able to select and pay for only the channels they want to watch. This will replace the current "bundles" that people have to select, which usually results in having to pay for 4 different channels when all you really want is one.
A majority of Canadians think this is a great idea. The minority that don't like it say that it will result in over 15,000 jobs being lost, an erosion of Canadian Content on TV and a reduction in economic output of over $1.4 Billion by 2020.
Also, Jeff came up with a great idea for a new specialty TV channel: It's called "The Hot Chicks Blow Stuff Up While Wearing Bikinis" Channel. (Copyright Jeff Show with Jason Bryant 2016)