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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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Glen, you'll need a buyer in Winnipeg with deep pockets and unfortunately the MTS centre only seats 13,000 (not nearly enough for NHL standards) and more luxury boxes. Definately some money will need to be spent.
FS, 2009-08-28 09:16:53

This is not about Phoenix, it is not about moving a team, it's all about money.

The nhl owners want a team or two in the Hamilton area but want it as a franchise not a move. Think the $400 - $500 in franchise fees plus the infringement fees to Toronto and Buffalo.

The nhl could care less if a team is in Phoenix. Their only concern is keeping a team from moving to Hamilton without paying the franchise fee.

They can well afford for each team to kick in $m or $1m per year to give the appearance of keeping the team in Phoenix as they will get a huge reward when a new franchise is awarded.

The only way a team will remain in Phoenix is if Glendale agrees to prop up the team and change the lease terms. I don't see this happening.

What I do see happening is the nhl folding the team then watching a new team emerge from the ashes in Kansas City or Las Vegas.

dwind, 2009-08-28 08:49:20

I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. All I see around Southern Ontario is Support and Excitement going around in hopes of Hamilton Getting an NHL team. I know of lots of friends including myself that would go to some of those games. I probably even know people in Niagara that would put together charter bus loads of people to go too! I wish Bettman would grab his tail and admit that Hamilton could bring in large revenues. Just look at the Bulldogs success (I am a Bulldogs fan). Hamilton could also develop beyond the Arena with NHL paraphernalia and local businesses could develop also. I hope Baum Favors for Balsillie.

This is my say!
Mike Robidoux, 2009-08-27 19:25:19

I live in New Orleans and believe it or not, follow the NHL. Bettman is ruining the league. The sunbelt expansion outside of Dallas, has been a disaster. Hamilton, Quebec City & Winnipeg, DESERVE teams. I Think even Halifax could support a team. This is NASCAR and football country.
jeff, 2009-08-27 18:05:40

Well for one thing Gary Betteman has got to go..he knows nothing about our game of hockey,Bettmam is a Clear and Present Danger to our Canadian Hockey as we use to know it. Jim Balsillie pepresents the best bid and Hamilton WILL support the Team..

Betteman should be Fired..Resign for the Good Of The Game
David, 2009-08-27 17:31:10

Maybe the team should go back to its original place like Winnipeg, who lost the team due to degrading facilities... well, they have a new arena now... why not send them back. If I remember correctly, there was immense support to try and save the team from leaving, by the fans. Those who actually care and watch the game!
Glen, 2009-08-27 15:01:23

Can someone tell me why Gary Bettman is still in charge @ the NHL. It sure seems personal on Bettman's end.

If no one else will by the team ,now he feels the NHL should by it.Wha a joke.

I think Bettman should be replaced by someone who is not so anti Canadian.
Bob, 2009-08-27 13:53:42

Accepting the $212 million dollar bid from Balsille is in the best interest of the creditors, the owners of the team and the team itself.

1- $212 million pays off allot more creditors than $140 million

2- Ballsille will move the team where it can make money. There's no way it can lose more than it has in the last 10yrs. Let's face it, if the NHL says there's no market for hockey in places like Winnipeg and Quebec city, then there sure isn't a market for hockey in Glendale.
Jesse, 2009-08-27 12:48:44

Bettman in my opinion is as hypocrit and arrogant as they come. Why the hell would you go to the legnth of keeping a multi-bollionnaire from owning a team? I believe RIM's track record is MUCH better than Bettman's! Why be so hard headed to keep a team in the US, and especially in a southern state where football and basketball prevail...football and basketball is a religion to them as hockey is to Canadians..hello! I love to go see games in Phoenix, cause its a very nice rink in a very nice area where they built the football stadium right next door; a real cool area of Glendale; however people don't support hockey that much...Gretzky at $8M/year..give me a break, start buy trimming dtupid salaries like this andg get a decent coach who can coach and win..what has Gretzky done? nothing of value in Phoenix, other than living on his legacy..that of a hockey player NOT a coach...and at $8M; no other coach has come even close..even greats such as Bowman!

Balsillie's process has been aggressive to say the least, and this has been the issue that pisses of Bettman the most, and the fact he (Bettman( wants to save face about his US expansion...

Either option will not be perfect..if it stays in Phx, it'll be losing again for quite some time uless some major increase in ticket sales happen..NOt likely with all this bad publicity....you can go by the arena and buy great seats for the Coyotes from scalppers at huge discount from the ticket office...so this is a good indication of things done wrong.

If it moves to Hamilton, well the divisions would have to be changes and many teams will cry and complain!

If you mopve it to Hamilton the team is bound ot make $M..what's wrong with that? Oh ya it goes agains Bettman's US expansion...

You look at city like New York and Chicago, they have multiple professionnal sports team...Toronto area has 3, New York has 2 football, 3 hockey, 2 baseball and 2 basketball, and this does not count several cities not that far away..such as Toronto and Hamilton distance...

So the only reason why the NHL is tryting to block a franchise from moving into a successful hockey market is politics and not logic and economics...

At the end of the day, I can't see the judge givin it to the NHL at a much lower bid, and letting creditors in it's own back yard get next to nothing..Balsillie's bid is the best of all options..

Bettman has to go; his time is up! Let a Canadian head this league!
RM, 2009-08-27 11:47:56

The more I think about it, the more ridiculous this NHL bid gets. This undermines their whole case against keeping Balsillie out. They say he's undesirable and that hockey in Phoenix is important, but they resort to underhanded means to keep him out, can't find a bidder who supports their position and it's only worth $140M for them to protect their interests. If I were the judge I'd take Balsillie's bid but tell him that moving the team now is unreasonable and remove the stipulation that the team be moved this year. Then he can either get his team and have a year to prepare Hamilton anyhow, or back out and let Bettman have it his way. Sounds fair to me.
Rick W., 2009-08-27 10:47:36

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