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Your reaction to Coyotes court ruling?
Thu, October 1, 2009

Billionaire Jim Balsillie is now 0-for-3 in his attempts to be a National Hockey League owner and Hamilton is oh-for-two decades in its attempts to house an NHL franchise.

And who knows now when any of that is going to change?

That was the sombre reality of the non-decision decision made by U.S. bankruptcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum, who rejected Balsillie's very public bid for the Phoenix Coyotes without prejudice yesterday and also rejected the NHL's bid, leaving it a back-door entrance should it choose to tie up the loose ends of its bid, with which the judge was clearly uncomfortable.

Baum gave the NHL some hope -- and at least control of this situation -- while at the same time striking Balsillie out of the game as a potential purchaser of the bankrupt Coyotes.

U.S. judge blocks Balsillie bid



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Sorry, Wayne. I don't buy that Buffalo will fail arguement. Even if the 2500 or so Niagara residents that travel to the games were to taper off for Buffalo, it would still be a better market than Phoenix.

I think you may have misunderstood my make Hamilton a west conference team. Seeing all the NHL teams pass through the Golden Horseshoe on a regular basis would be great, even though the the two east conference teams have little interaction... It would be sort of an anomaly, but the envy of every Hockey loving fan...

Just think of all the family members who could now attend the games without flying! Hahhaa!

Joking aside Buffalo would not fold. That territorial issue is long since passed....if anything it may force Toronto to DROP it's flippin ticket prices which would be a good thing for hockey fans...if anything, a team in Hamilton would cannibalize TO before it would Buffalo. In all likelihood, hamilton's ticket prices would still be more expensive than Buffalo, so the Niagara market would still head across the bridge for their fix...
Millzie, 2009-05-21 00:46:53

The NHL and "greater than thou" Bettman need to get their face out of their asses & see that the "highly paid" uber players won't get the million dollar contracts if people don't go see them play... Coyotes were doomed even before they moved; you call a town that has about 200 peoples per game a hockey town?? give me a break...

Bettman should not only shut the hell up but also be fired; he has no other interest but his own at heart; he definitely doesn't want to see another team in Canada and doesn't want to be pegged as the "loser" when the dust settles...

In any case, considering the current economic recession, I'd rather think that the players with the big salaries would be the ones wanting to have a rink to play in that has a lot more peoples attending their games...clearly not whats happening in Pheonix...
Mark, 2009-05-20 17:17:13

Jerry

By your logic then Toronto is not a sports town because they don't care about the Argos. It is a totally different sport and audience. If Hamilton had a team, there would be enough fans from Toronto willing to make the trip to fill the arena every game. Way more available fan base than Winnipeg, hands down.
Rick W., 2009-05-20 17:08:16

I think clearly Moyes still owns the team. Re-location is the issue. As for someone mentioning Hamilton not supporting the CFL team...considering they have the worst winning percentage in all of pro sports the last 5 years...except for last season it's been over 25,000 per game.thats impressive .Also the Winnipeg area isnt big enough...isnt it time to stop speculating about a team in Winnipeg it isnt going to happen.
brian, 2009-05-20 16:20:24

Weren't we going through this exact same arguement a few years ago only then it was pittsburgh. Funny thing is, new owners and 2 years later they are making money and winning.

Guess Bettman seems to know his job better than all the arm chair fans out there.
wayne, 2009-05-20 15:47:54

Let the team fail in Phoenix. The NHL is the joke of pro sports at the moment. They can't fill the seats so they change the rules, name one other sport that has seen as many changes to the rules as we've seen in NHL hockey.
Jon, 2009-05-20 14:34:31

If Gary Bettman was such a good commisioner, he never would have let Jerry Moyes sign such a poor deal to move the team to the new arena. Bettman has to go and if it takes moving the team to Hamilton to get it done then so be it. The NHL needs to get it's head out of the sand and realize that Bettman has his own agenda and does not have the best interests of the league at heart.
Betty, 2009-05-20 13:48:39

Sorry, but Hamilton is not a hockey city - and really not a sports city at all. They can not even support the CFL franchise they have. While Winnipeg did a lousy job of supporting the Jets franchise in the early 90's, this is a new era with a new rink. Looking at the attendence of their support for the AHL Moose, I think they could support a team. Look at Minny - they lost a team and that franchise is now thriving. Winnipeg is a hockey town, I say give those Peggers another shot.
Jerry, 2009-05-20 11:53:06

great dream Millzie

But two thirds of that scenario has existed for over 30 years and the fans haven't taken advantage of it with buffalo struggling the entire time so why would it thrive more with three teams in that area and why do you think buffalo would even remain. It would go benkrupt for sure in one year following this change. So we would be back to the original scenario of two teams just 40 miles closer now.
wayne, 2009-05-20 11:37:09

Jim Balsillie should be given the opportunity to buy the Coyotes, but he should of kept his mouth shut about moving them or any team until he has the team's purchase finalized. For we all know how Gary "the Idiot" Bettman feels about Jim buying any team. I still think showing Bettman the door would do wonders for the NHL and it's growth in places where people want hockey to be played and watched by true fans.
Michael Schwerdtfeger, 2009-05-20 11:36:01

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