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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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Yes, it would be nice if Hamilton were to be able to get a NHL franchise, but how often must we be rejected by the NHL Old Boys Club.... Balsillie has tried, and perhaps he did not go about it in the proper manner, but he did have a good offer.... Enough is enough.... we will continually be rejected... too close to T.O.... and the Buffalo Sabers.

Forget the NHL and just look after our BullDogs...

Support them as you would the NHL and make them the success that they want to be.......

Then perhaps the NHL will see the light and let them come begging to us....

We have plenty of other things that our city fathers need to be looking after than a hockey team (NHL).

Seeking sports events and being turned down time after time is a waste of our time and money...

Let us put our tax dollars into the city itself and get business back into the Core of the city.....
d. wood, 2009-08-13 09:59:58

Balsillie, Nelson Skalbania, Peter Pocklington etc. All of these people like the media spotlight. Isn't amazing how all past and present, NHL owners had no problem being accepted into the NHL? Now because Balsillie wants to "CRASH THE PARTY" so to speak, we are to think that he's a good guy? It's like an outsider coming to your home and telling you that you are to accept him for dinner and lodging just because he has money. Get lost Jimmy Boy. What part of "WE DO NOT WANT YOU" do you not understand?
Vince in Ottawa, 2009-08-13 03:09:41

The thing Balsillie didn't do that has Bettman and his cronies upset, is he kiss their asses.

Bettman is a clown and should have been fired long ago. I hope Balsillie sues Bettman and the NHL when this all over.
Jimmy, 2009-08-12 14:53:31

You know, there's another alternative to this...and Mr. Balsillie might be one able to carry it off. Start another professional hockey league. Call it something like the Canadian National Hockey League. Put together 6 or so teams from towns like Hamilton, play a full season, and playoffs. Then have the championship team challenge the NHL champs for the Stanley Cup. It's possible - the Cup was intented as a Challenge cup, and those were the requirements of Lord Stanley when he presented it. The NHL thinks they have exclusive hold on it, but this has been proven to be false in court, in 2005, when they had no season - it was decided that in the abscence of an NHL season the cup could be awarded to the champions of another league. Thats closer to the original intent, but still not there - the issue is "did the cup trustees in 1941, have the right to supercede the 5 preliminary regulations laid down by Lors Stanley." The answer is a court record - no, they did not. A major league potential challenger should have little trouble convince a court to take the next step - return the responsibilty of accepting challengers to the Trustees. Even if not, all you have to do is wait for another NHL lockout to kill a season... You think that once some other league controls the Cup, Bettman might be more interested in talking?

Chris Hanlon, 2009-08-12 12:25:35

Just when I thought it could not get any stranger , the NHL shoots itself in the foot again. First Bettman's laughable remarks about character & integrity being part of the NHK Owners requirements and now two of the bottom feeder owners speak up about Balsillie 's lack of character . This is just to funny to be believed . These owners should get a stand yup gig.
Bob, 2009-08-11 19:05:15

Would like to see Basille make it seven in Canada, followed shortly by NHL board of governors ousting Bettman; which imo is long overdue.

Gray, 2009-08-11 15:19:47

If the NHL "leaders" will make up their minds whether or no a "franchise" is a business unit or not. There is no doubt the move will be a sucessful franchise so it is a "moral" issue?

Why take a stand now? There have been other issues where no stand was taken ie. Todd B. "assault" or Eric L. making a joke of the draft.

Maybe it defies definition!
Terry R, 2009-08-11 10:36:14

I have never liked Bettman from the first day i seen him.He looks like a little weasel to me.He has that little grin when he feels he has screwed some one again.He don't want hockey in Canada at all.I wonder if he knows hockey was invented in this great country.I hope Balsillie gets the team and move it to Hamilton just to see the stupid look on Bettman's face.
Bob R., 2009-08-11 10:09:01

If this is a case of absolutes, where Balsillie has the other owners and Bettman so out of sorts that they don't want him ever as part of their exclusive club, then there are other options open to Balsillie. He could put a KHL team in Toronto and start shopping some big name players like Crosby or whoever is not tied down to a longterm contract. With no salary cap (I believe) and access to the biggest market, he could provide subsidized flights to the other KHL teams to make it economical. And this would really undermine Bettman's little social club.

Bettman had better think twice about how far he wants to carry this and who he wants to make enemies of.
Rick W., 2009-08-11 09:45:32


My point is that your analogies don't hold water, so your point is not made.
Rick W., 2009-08-11 09:39:21

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