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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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I'd really like to see another Canadian club, or 2 or 3.

I wish the NHL was so supportive of Quebec and Winnipeg as they are with the American clubs that are in trouble presently.

Balsillie's problem is that he's a maverick that wants to do it his way, but the NHL will always be an old boy's club the same as every other big league sport in North America. Good luck Jim, or should I say suck up Jim... cause that'll be the only way you get in.

If the bankruptcy hearing goes the NHL's way, then it is game over for you Jim.

As for Bettman - he must have pictures - because I can't understand how he's been allowed to continue with the failures of the CBA and teams with $$$ issues.

Oh yeah. Jason, Montreal and it's surrounding areas has always voted AGAINST separation and this is why it hasn't happened. Check it out. Montreal is also the multicultural capital of Quebec and this pisses off the radicals.

As for Habhater; give me your Mom's address - I have to slap her for bringing you into this world.

Andy V., 2009-05-13 19:05:36

Bettman needs to put his ego aside and the exclusive 30 owner's club should focus on what's best for the league. Too many reports already smearing Balsillie's name. This is bigger than just Phoenix....
marvmur, 2009-05-13 18:52:44

Look at it this way,

The Phoenix Coyotes used to be the "Winnipeg Jets."

Why the hell would you want to move a team to Southern Ontario when they already have Toronto and Ottawa. Winnipeg hasn't had a team since 1996. I was one when the left. So, I am glad that the NHL does not let Jim Balsillie get hold' of the Coyotes if all he wants to do is move the team. So, you be the friggen' judge. Should Jim Balsillie own the Coyotes and move them to Southern Ontario or move them back to where they used to play; Winnipeg Manitoba. So, Congrats Bettman, Do not let him move unless its back to Winnipeg Manitoba. Just a comment on the "Habhater" stuff. Im sure there are proud hab fans but look at it this way, MONTREAL, QUEBEC did not want to be a part of CANADA anymore so, I'm with this "Habhater."

MONTREAL did not want to be a part of CANADA.
Jason, 2009-05-13 17:17:00

lets say hamilton can support a team. So now Buffalo goes bankrupt. So how has Bettman improved the situation for the league. It just changes the bankruptcy name from Coyotes to Sabres.

How do you think the Sabre owner feels about this. Is balsille going to bribe them with $100M more than the asking price too?

Balsille isn't a saviour hear, he's worked a deal to pay $100M more than its worth to save (screw) pheonix tax payers out of $700M. The real price of buying pheonix and moving it to hamilton is $$800M plus and the current owners only get cents on the dollar as opposed to the profit the get on the $200M plus offer.

Bettman is doing whats best and apperently Gretzky (part owner who would make millions of Balsille) supports Bettman too.

Interesting isn't it.
wayne, 2009-05-13 13:15:27

As long as the diminutive anti-Canadian Bettman pulls the strings, the NHL will not have another team in Canada. He must continue to try to expand to other markets in the US of A to make the NHL one of the "big four". Typically American, he cannot understand the simplest of concepts, hockey in Canada = $$$$$$$$$ hockey in the US = .

Voice of Reason, 2009-05-13 13:15:23

Well, they don't have a problem letting Canadian-based teams leave. If the Coyotes continue to have problems then the NHL should find another market that can support the team.

However, in my opinion, this is not as much about the Coyotes as it is about Gary Bettman saving face. Bettman once said that the only way the NHL would be able to get a major US-based TV deal would be to expand to 30 teams, coast to coast. Well, he's at 30 teams and he still has no deal. He doesn't want to have the Coyotes fold, because that would give him one less US team (and the owners who were told hockey in Phoenix would fly, would be furious). And he doesn't want another Canadian-based team because it takes away from the number of teams in the USA.

Make no mistake; the American hockey fan is every bit as passionate as their Canadian counterpart. What Bettman failed to take into consideration is that the American hockey fan is a minority in US sports behind football, baseball, basketball and in some instances, women's varsity volleyball (see Anaheim).

Sure, move the Coyotes, but also make sure that it goes to a viable market. And if there are no viable US markets left, move it to Canada.
RickL, 2009-05-13 13:07:15

If there are teams that are bleeding that much cash in the US what is wrong with moving not only one team to Southern Ontario but also Manitoba Quebec and possibly Nova Scotia.A team in Halifax would draw from three provences.Winnipeg could support a team again and is hungry for it.Quebec could probably put more people in the seats than Atlanta.This is a bigger issue than just moving a team to Southern Ontario.If you were running a business how long would you allow it to bleed money.

We should support Ballsillie in his efforts and we should go beyond seven and make it ten
Dave, 2009-05-13 11:40:57

The coyotes aren't going anywhere,sit back and relax folks,everything will come to a head in the 2009-2010 season, that's when you will see huge losses from a number of teams in the US and the coffers will be empty from the NHL trying to infuse dollars into teams that are no longer viable, and then guess where Mr Bettman will come calling....
Ed, 2009-05-13 11:31:22

Someone should put an NHL team in Brantford.If a team is going to be moved Brantford is the perfect Southern Ontario location
Dave, 2009-05-13 11:26:14

TheCoyotes should do everything in their power to keep their team. If they can't, then don't expect to get a team ever again. Other Cities can and will thrive on hockey. I say give Hamilton their due. I believe they can sustain a team indefinitely.
gerry, 2009-05-13 10:23:20

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