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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 think Bettman and a few of the more loud mouth of the ownership are affraid of change and the possiblities of a stronger Canadian market team to try and sell to there already partially empty buildings .they probably already sense the power of change and its Bettmans job to halt the changes needed .you wait and see ,there probably already scripting jokes to air on the family guy about the demon Basille and a hockey puck
john, 2009-05-06 17:02:55

This is not a fight between Bettman and Balsillie....this is between the MLSE and Balsillie. The MLSE wants to hang onto its marketshare and does not want another team so close. Bettman is the not-so-silent pawn that's blocking the deal.

I can see a deal where the Coyotes are bought by the MLSE, moves it to Toronto and their home will be the soon to be renovated Maple Leaf Gardens...
Ron Wheeler, 2009-05-06 16:45:34

Why does the NHL continue to protect Toronto's market? There are how many million people in the GTA? The Leafs haven't tried putting a winning product on the ice in about 20 years. They only care about the sold out arena.

Hamilton and Toronto could peacefully co-exist , and both be profitable.

Oh, and Buffalo and Detroit are not in sothern Ontario, they are in the USA. As for Halifax , it barely supported an AHL franchise, the NHL is a non-starter here.
MickeyNS, 2009-05-06 15:49:56

I certainly don't like hearing people putting down Basille,he's the only one that has stepped up to bring a bankrupt team to Canada, if expansion is so critical to the US where are the potential buyers?

Canada deserves the right for another NHL team, a lot of Canadian money goes into producing players for the NHL and Canada should be first on the list for new or re-locating franchises,we can guarantee success, not one other city in the US can compete with what Basille brings to the table.....
Ed, 2009-05-06 14:55:35

So Bettman doesn't "run out of cities".....say that to the people of Winnepeg, Quebec City, Hartford and Minnisota.
John, 2009-05-06 14:33:48

The real reason Bettman doesnt want Basille to own a NHL team is that Bettman is afaid of Basille, who is a smarter business man then Bettman will ever be, Bettman doesnt want Some other person to ruin his little dictatorship with the handful of other owners who thinks Bettman is the second coming. Basille just might threaten his little world were Bettman would have to start answering more questions why the league isnt more successful
Jim Prior, 2009-05-06 13:54:42

Southern Ontario already has three teams, if you count Buffalo and Detroit. Other cities like Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Halifax deserve a chance.
Ron, 2009-05-06 13:19:58

This dance all over again. When is this guy going to learn that the league is never going to let this happen for all the right reasons. First of there is already 4 teams that are accessible to the southern ontario market(detroit, buffalo, ottawa, toronto) the league is not going to allow another team to move into that market no matter how many hockey fans are there. Any business owner would know not to put all your eggs in one basket and by moving another team into that market, that is what would be happening. Not to mention if they did move a team into southern ontario that it would still be a western conference team, and would not create any good battles against the other ontario teams, which i am sure many people are hoping it would happen. Balsillie will never get a team because he just wants a new toy to play with and clearly has not thought things out. He can buy the team if he wants but its going to be staying in phoenix
mike, 2009-05-06 13:13:58

I believe this would be great for Canadian hockey in general and foremost, Leaf fans. When, and if this does happen, the Leafs will have treat their fans with a little more respect and maybe try a win something. The Leafs have been bad for years and don't seem to care. If the Leafs have a problem with Phoenix coming to southern Ontario, maybe we should send the Leafs to Phoenix as it would be a good match, as their fans don't seem to care either. Balsillie has the passion, money and desire to own a NHL team, what better place than Ontario? Choice is good!
Wade go bruins go!, 2009-05-06 13:03:24

Southern Ontario or the Peg either is great.

But man should realize we are Canadian and hockey is our life blood
dave holt, 2009-05-06 13:01:27

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