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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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Ah, nice. more bureaucratic crap. So, looks like the team will be in limbo land for a millenia. Stupid. bottom line is if an American city cannot a team (they always have cash), then it's time to pull the plug.
gerry, 2009-05-20 10:45:30

Let Jim B take the team.

Let him bring it to Hamilton.

Keep the team in the west Conference...stretching the boundary from Detroit to Hamilton isn't really all that big a deal.

Now imagine, while there would not be frequent QEW series games around the Horseshoe between Hamilton and Buff & TO, you will bring all the Western Conference Teams into the Golden Horseshoe market on a regular basis, giving Hockey Fans tremendous exposure to ALL the NHL teams within reasonable drive time. Imagine the talent exposure fans would have, seeing all the league's best on a much more regular basis.

Even if I was a Leaf fan, but wanted to see Sundin play with Van, I could do it right here in the Golden Horseshoe more often than once a season. Apply that principle to any similar situation and you will realize what a great thing that would be for hockey fans in it's core market area...
Millzie, 2009-05-20 09:59:15

Jeff

Well even better if it is up to NHL standards. Bettman could save face by moving the team there and selling an expansion team to Balsillie. That way everyone's happy.
Rick W., 2009-05-20 09:29:31

its easy..let the meat buy the team and force him to keep it in Feenix...

lets bleed him dry of money..he gets a team..but an unprofitable one
powell, 2009-05-19 21:27:04

Rick,

Winnipeg has a brand new sate of the art Arena with Luxury boxes. We don't need to build one.
Jeff, 2009-05-19 17:44:51

I think we need more teams in places where there are no real fans. It is cheaper for me to go to Florida and spend a week and attend panthers games (attended 4 games for a total cost of 28 dollars) then go to toronto and watch the leafs (attended 3 games total cost 950 dollars). We have to face facts bettman hates canada and will never allow another team here so we might as well enjoy the cheap tickets elsewhere
Brian Wilkins, 2009-05-19 17:05:25

Balsillie is not going through NHL rules to buy this team and relocate.His arrogance knows no bounds and should not be tolerated by the NHL.He is a Canadian Mark Cuban.

Why should he dictate where a franchise will go.


Micheal, 2009-05-19 15:00:58

If Balsillie buys the team and moves them to Ontario doing his own thing , the NHL does not need to put the team on the play list as he just purchased liquidated assets and not guaranteed to stay in the league?
Ron, 2009-05-19 14:32:19

Bettman brought this all on himself. His number one priority should be keeping viable franchises afloat. His second should be getting new viable franchises. Third, he might want to get franchises into markets that will grow the game, probably in the southern US. He's fixated on not admitting the Coyotes are a mistake, but they show no signs of being viable going forward and frankly have failed to grow the game in the region.

So he should move them, plain and simple. If he doesn't want to admit defeat he could move the Coyotes to Winnipeg and sell a new franchise to Balsillie, to be created wherever he wants. In this way he can save face, the Winnipeg deal won't go through for several years until they can build an arena, which keeps them in Phoenix until then and Balsillie gets what he wants, the war is over. And the league can get even more money.

The whole concept of the league "owning" the territory is ludicrous. Owners put teams where they are located themselves for the most part, the league doesn't tell some guy in Minnesota that he gets the team, but only if he puts it in Portland. That's just nuts. What the league needs more than anything are secure and stable owners so to be turning one away is insane.
Rick W., 2009-05-19 13:51:19

Jason,

I can only guess that the reason Montrealers were "ignorant" was because you were standing in front of them. I work in Montreal every day and have never had a problem. And if Habs fans are "stupid", then I can again only guess that by your definition, stupid means that they don't agree with you. From the sound of things, that probably means the vast majority of Canadians in or outside of Quebec. So get over it.

Montreal is a great city, the people are wonderful for the most part and very accepting. They just don't tolerate idiots very well, but that's true of a lot of places. If that offends you, then so be it. I'll keep cheering for the Habs, thank you.
Rick W., 2009-05-19 13:42:17

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