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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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The NHL and the existing owners will win even if they lose. Let's say Jim gets his team by his back door approach. He tells his GM the team needs a trade. His GM calls around and every team in the league says, sorry not interested. The man will be blackballed and so will anyone who signs on with him. The Old Boys club will freeze him out one way or another.
Go away Jim, 2009-09-09 09:50:04

This story gets better by the minute... now Balsillie adds more money to the pot... Bettman must be fuming...

Whichever way you look at it, Bettman is as solid an owner as any pther existing in the league....and would most certainly NOT be losing money in this venture to relocate into Hamilton..

These proceedings are "bankruptcy" proceedings, not litigation, although it sure looks like it..the fact of the matter remains that the judge is ruling on what is best for the city of Glewndale, Phoenix, and it's creditors, and should be allocated to Balsillie hands down..except that conditions on the relocation can make the judge's decision difficult whit this curve ball as it encroaches on NHL guidelines and rules...but I believe that Bettman has brought it a step much's all PERSONAL, and this is the real issue dragging this "soap opera story"...and also the fact that the league sees greater dollar potential by selling the rights to a future Hamilton franchise;;at maybe $400-500 M; instead of it has to gain from relocating...but this is the problem that Bettman has created himself..why the hell allow new franchises in the US in markets like Phoenix and Nashville when cities like Hamilton has everything to offer....

In summary:

1. Balsillie should win, but move team next year..niot sure if judge can get his own curve ball

2. to go!

3. Play hockey
RM, 2009-09-08 11:18:09

I think bettman would rather let the team relocate to honalulu than hamilton so even if balsille wins in his favor in court he will never ever be able to move it to southern ontario to a strong ,viable market area that would have fan support,
john, 2009-09-03 15:03:05

WHo Cares!!!!!

as much as i'd love to see Hamilton get an NHL franchise, and they do deserve one, as long as Bettman uis around lets not waste time Hamilton won't see a franchise.

jimf, 2009-09-03 11:41:27

Winnipeg new arena's seating capasity is 15,565, not 13 000, as some of you like let us to believe.
Salapeili, 2009-09-03 10:58:11

As much logical and emotional sense as it makes to move the team to Hamilton, I fear the short-sighted veto position held by MLS$E (no typo) will make that very difficult if not impossible. Our loss, and thier's.
E Taylor, 2009-09-02 16:13:34

Oh, and Winnipeg did support the team. Fan support was never a problem as I grew up there. It is a hockey and for over 20 years the Jet's thrived in that market even with an outdated facility with terrible sight lines and a terrible picture of the Queen hanging from the rafters...with 15 plus thousand seats in the new MTS centre...Winnipeg is in a better situation to get the NHL back in town.
Mike, 2009-09-02 14:19:56

Actually the MTS Centre seats over 15 thousand. Not 13 thousand. Winnipeg is a hockey city with a thirst to return to the NHL. Phoenix is not a hockey city and struggles to get 10 thousand people in there. The coyotes have lost more money each season that the team ever lost in Winnipeg. Less fans in Phoenix. I don't care about the population in a city. If a city of nearly 2 million struggles to get 10 thousand fans in their arena than that city is NOT a hockey city and should not have a team. It's common sense. Winnipeg has wealthy people capable of putting together a bid for the team. Someone just needs to step up. Is it smart to get involved in the drama that's going on right now when the current commisioner is dead set again any team coming to Canada? Probably not. Bettman certainly wasn't against a team moving cities when the Jets moved to Phoenix. Give up Bettman. You failed in the sunbelt...the NHL needs a new commissioner.
Mike, 2009-09-02 14:01:15

It all depends on whether Baum applies the letter of the law. Since this is a bankruptcy proceeding, more than anything, he needs to apply bankruptcy law. If he does, then he MUST allow Basille's bid. Because there are other CDN teams, ownership is obviously open to CDN and US bidders. It really has nothing to do with the NHL or Basille. Bankruptcy is about the creditors, and it is clear which offer will benefit them the most. The rights, demands, wants or wishes of anyone else are secondary. All the NHL has to do is submit the highest bid at the auction to get their way.
JR, 2009-09-02 13:00:09

Let's face it, the power struggle between Bettman and Baisillie is a mere sideshow - The real power here are the Toronto Maple Leafs and their refusal to see another team in their neck of the woods. Ultimately T.O.'s will be done by the NHL, and that means no other team in southern Ontario - EVER! I am sad for the people of Hamilton and for the sorry team in Phoenix that may languish another couple of seasons before moving on to another hockey "hot spot" like Las Vegas, where people will have a similar level of interest.
Carlos Probst, 2009-09-02 12:22:51

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