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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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Now for some truth about this issue . In all of Jim Balsillie's 3 attempts to buy NHL teams he has ben upfront and honest about his intention to move each team to southern Ontario and Bettman and the owners committee led by Jacobs have rejected his bid . Maybe if he had been dishonest like Greene when he moved the Northstars to Dallas or the move of the Colorado Rockies to New Jersey (the owners name escapes me , some garbage truck company owner who is now in prison like several of the upstanding owners the NHL has approved of) Balsillie might have been successfull . So all you anti Balsillie and anti Hamilton morons keep twisting your facts to satify your hatred but you can not change the truth. Aas much as Gary and his cohorts try.
Bob, 2009-09-12 21:06:16

Fred ,

Toronto has never been able to support the several OHL teams and the AHL team they still have but they support the Laffs . Put your thinkin' cap on and figure it out .....duh.


Bob, 2009-09-12 20:51:57

Who will get the bid?

Whomever the little dictator chooses.

Who can take the NHL seriously as long as Bettman is in charge.

When he over ruled Malkin's suspension in the playoffs, it was the final straw.

He should be fired.
Probert, 2009-09-12 08:09:33

hamilton couldn't support several major junior franchises and barely supports its' ahl team.why in the world would the nhl let hamilton have a team?
fred, 2009-09-11 01:25:47

Let Basillie move the team to Hamilton, then Bettman can open a new franchise in Phoenix, win,win situation.
Ray Larder, 2009-09-10 20:32:41

I'm hoping Bettman wins. WHY?

Because if Balsillie wins he'll move it to Hamilton and then Toronto will want a real NHL team too.
chipper13101, 2009-09-09 19:10:28

Hey Betman pick another one of your owners like the one from the Predators, he was top shelf I will bet in your mind yeah!!!
R Maxwell, 2009-09-09 16:32:35

Jim Balsillie be as good or better owner than several other owners in the league (past and present). The problem lies with Gary Bettman...he is a petty vindictive little man, and he has made this his personal battle. The NHL has long been in need of a new commissioner and this has become even more clear in the Phoenix situation. Hamilton and Winnipeg are both logical viable locations....Mr. Bettman just needs to get out of the way and allow it to happen.
J. Gebert, 2009-09-09 13:18:41

Well IF the bankruptcy court DOES what the bankruptcy court is there to do which is to recover monies for creitors its no contest Jim Balisillie should walk away with it... But if they get into other avenues then Jim doesnt have a chance
Edward, 2009-09-09 12:35:39

If the NHL and other owners try to "Cold Shoulder" Jim and not trade with him, Jim can simply offer players insane amounts of money that the other owners can't match (or don't want to). This will only increase the hate for Jim, but has anyone heard of the Yankees?
Mr. Byrnes, 2009-09-09 11:35:32

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