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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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Just read Melynk press release on Balsillie and could not believe it . Why can't he understand being dragged into it when he is one of the owners that voted against Jim due to his poor character . Stasnd up like a man Eugene but then again you are not one , I mean you due own the Senators
Robert, 2009-08-21 19:15:24

The only winner is Bettman. He once again got his wish to cram hockey down the throats of Americans who know nothing about the sport while dropping trou to moon Canadian hockey fans.
F Kinwright, 2009-08-21 12:14:11

Hey Bob. Face the reality. It's not going to happen. When the NHL owners unanimously voted to tell Balsillie "We don't want you", that was IT!!!

Others can wish it were not so, but the NHL has already decided that Balsillie is "Persona non grata"


Vince in Ottawa, 2009-08-20 10:13:30

Just reading comments on Fox Sports , all those nice US fans calling Basillie names like scumbag , unprincibled , spoiled rich , poor character . If I did not know better I might think Gary , Jeremy and their cronies were writing the comments , sounds similar LOL . Thats the way they play character assasination . The NHL after all has such a good record of judging character ---- McNall , Boots , Jacobs , Greene , Knox brothers , Tampa owners , Pocklinton , the list goes on & on . It's just to funny and that small group of southern US fans are eating it up . Oh and I guess Vince in Ottawa too.
Bob, 2009-08-19 18:41:05

Anybody want to go to VEGAS and bet that BALSILLIE will get an NHL franchise?
Vince in Ottawa, 2009-08-17 11:55:17

The team should move to WINNIPEG- not Hamilton. Not stay in Phoenix.

In Winnipeg, we have a modern arena and no other NHL team nearby. In Hamilton, you have an arena built 25 years and 2 other teams within a 45 minute drive.

Winnipeg deserves it.
Brad, 2009-08-14 22:18:25

I hope Balsille gets his team.. not only because i think Canada needs more teams, but also just to prove again that Betmann is a moron. I hope when this is over that balsille sues betmann for all his troubles and i hope that the current owner of the Coyotes (cant remember his name) also sues betmann and then he gets booted from his position...

he is the worst thing to happen to hockey and i hope that this will end up being his down fall!!!
Christian, 2009-08-14 20:37:45

I think the NHL will win only because this America where lawsuit is the fad and dragging out court cases is the norm. Doesn't matter if the judge rules against the NHL, the NHL will just keep appealing (I'm not to sure about how many levels they go through but they could appeal all the way up to the Supreme court)...
Bob, 2009-08-14 13:54:40

Bull's and White Sox owner Jeff Rosendorf (excuse the spelling) because that's the way Gary (no mind) Betman, Bill (tag along) Daly, Jeremy (puppet) Jacobs and all the other whiners want it. Besides Jim Balsilie's will never own an NHL team with these IDIOTS in power, like it or not.
Michael Schwerdtfeger, 2009-08-13 15:21:40

Vince

Once again, you're way off the mark. It's not like Balsillie is trying to invade your home, he's trying to buy a hockey team. He doesn't want to marry your unwilling sister or steal candy from your baby. His interest can be best described as a business transaction or a hobby of sorts. In business, if a CEO gets a high offer for an asset and turns it down in favour for a lower offer, he gets called in front of the board and fired. So no, "Jimmy Boy" is not trying to eat your porridge and sleep in your bed, he just wants a hockey team. And I think the majority of Canadians with an opinion on the matter do want him to succeed.

Not sure what your deal is, maybe you think the Sens will lose business with a third team in Ontario or something.
Rick W., 2009-08-13 12:14:34

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