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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 Balsillie is an obsessive compulsive rich guy who masks his compulsive behaviour with "dreams".

With that said, Canada would be better off with more obsessive compulsive billionairs running around. Winnipeg would still have a team and Quebec would have a team.

Should there be more than 2 teams in Ontario? Sure, but only after we get the NHL back to Winnipeg and Quebec, Bettman suddenly cares about keeping the teams in the cities they are currently in. He sure didn't care that much when Winnipeg moved to a city where the people had never seen ice before.

The was Balsillie has gone about purchasing a team is wrong. If he wants a team he has to play Bettmans game to get one. Bettman will only let something happen if it supports his vision. NHL teams leaving cities where there are no NHL fans is not an option for him.

Michael, 2009-07-21 18:01:33

Balsillie is an idiot! The NHL is a Corporation that he must apply to. The same as a prospective employee applies for a job. He does not want to do that. The NHL will only consider him becoming a partner only if he applies to their League the same way as everybody else does. Rich kid Balsillie thinks that because in most places money will get him anything that he wants, this will be no different. Guess what Jimbo? The NHL owners are also very rich kids that are used to getting anything that they want.

The do not want you!! What part of “We do not want you as a partner” do you not understand? You cannot force a girl who doesn't want you, to marry her. Your arrogance, sneaky, back door tactics and media hypes are all signs of a prospective rebellious and disruptive owner that unsettles the NHL establishment. You are a troublemaker that nobody would entertain to deal with. This is also a way to keep your RIM Blackberry Company in the news with free advertising. By the way, I'm not buying one of those either.

There will be another NHL franchise in Southern Ontario one day soon but, you will definitely NOT be the successful bidder.

Get lost Jimmy boy. Don’t torture the Hamilton people any longer with your obvious false promises and bogus dreams.

Get lost you spoiled rich Brat!

Vince in Ottawa, 2009-06-22 06:35:27

Hockey surviving in the desert??...Oh please! it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that wasn't going to last! Talk about Bettman & the NHL shooting themselves in the foot! Now Bettman & the NHL wonders why Phoenix is losing money? It just seems funny to me how the NHL or Bettman didn't have this kind of fight in them when Winnipeg or Quebec were losing their NHL teams, and no offer came from him or the NHL to help bail them out or keep them in their CANADIAN CITIES, but now he's like a pitbull fighting to keep a franchise in Phoenix of all places, where they continue to lose millions of dollars every year, but thats ok...its in america. Now when a canadian millionaire with moxie comes forward to buy the struggling franchise for a fair price, Bettman doesn't want to sell and throws up as many road blocks he can muster for a couple of obvious reasons. 1.Balsillie won't dance to Bettman's tune like a puppet the way everyone does just because Bettmans a power hungry little money monger who is used to american big bucks & people giving into his little weasel demands and Balsillie dances to a different tune that Bettman can't control and doesn't like someone standing up to him and the NHL.. 2.Bettman & his NHL henchmen are willing to fight hard to keep a hockey franchise in any american city just to get the american money....not really hard to figure that out. Bettman dislikes Canada and has made that very clear over the years. I for one truely believe if Bettman could get his way, all canadian NHL teams would head over the border to the states, because of his love for their money. Bettman should be made to resign. He is a disgrace to the name of hockey and most of all Canada. We want OUR!! national sport back and we will not get it as long as Bettman is calling the shots. I think our only hope that we will get a franchise here again will be by popular demand of all canadian hockey fans everywhere inspite of Bettman. It may not be in hamilton, but he has clearly sent a message to all hockey loving Canadians that we are not worthy of a franchise if he has any say about it. Shame on you & the NHL. I only hope hockey fans everywhere show & tell you of their displeasure of the way you & the NHL are running things and make no mistake you are not popular or welcomed here by true canadian hockey fans! I wish Bettman could be locked in a room for 10 minutes with Don Cherry...he'd straighten him out!
Gary Mallory, 2009-06-20 13:03:08

Hmmm, so Jim B. couldn't make it to the Make it Seven rally yesterday in Hamilton. Balsillie is no doubt a very busy man but don't you think that if he gave a crap about Hamilton, a date would have been set to allow for his attendance. Landing an NHL team appears to be very important to him.

To the mayor and people of Hamilton: Balsillie has his sights set on the KW area (his Kingdom) and not your city - why would he want to travel 45 minutes to the "Arm Pit" of Ontario to see his team play?

To everyone who showed up for the rally, look up the word "pawn" (aka "useful idiot") in the dictionary for a description of yourself and how Jim B views you.
Jake, 2009-06-20 12:37:31

i live in the states just 70 miles from d.c...watching hockey between any club below the mason dixon line is pathetic,i am canadian and just think the game has become americanized too much..there should be more canadian teams..florida/arizone/carolina/washington/california..add more to the country that made hockey fabulous..sorry,too many poor clubs in the states..go habs
paul, 2009-06-20 08:33:34

hamilton couldn't support a major junior team and barely supports its' ahl team,why would anyone think they could support an nhl team!
bob, 2009-06-19 22:24:26

I don't know what "should" happen to the Coyotes. I do know that paying hockey fans in other markets in the league shouldn't be effectively taxed to prop up a failed business in Phoenix, or elsewhere. If the NHL was operating in a free market system, there would be no team in Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville, Sunrise, Florida, nor probably in Tampa, Washington, Long Island or Anaheim. It's likely that Winnipeg would be on that list too, and possible that Edmonton and Calgary would join them there as well in some years. Fortunately for these markets, the NHL is not operating a free market system, never has and likely never will.

I doubt there is anything like a committed ownership group in Phoenix willing to keep the team there. If that's true, they must move elsewhere. Anything beyond that is a decision for the new owner and the league to make.

I think the paying fans, particularly in Canada, ought to be more demanding when it comes to how their funds (and tax dollars, given that NHL clubs are among the most heavily subsidized sports businesses in North America) are being squandered by the league. Vote with your feet, if necessary.
John Bladen, 2009-06-19 22:13:52

I prefer them stay in Phoenix. But if necessary, anywhere but Hamilton. That place isnt even a legit city.
Shawn Ryu, 2009-06-19 19:28:34

I keep hearing about how if he "followed the rules" Balsillie would get himself a team in Southern Ontario sooner or later - news bulletin, he tried that and they ended up changing the rules on him.

Until the other owners realize that Bettman is steering the league off a cliff and dump him, the NHL - HIS league - will move heaven and earth to keep teams where anyone lacking rose-coloured glasses would see they patently do not belong, and continue costing the profitable teams' owners loadsadough.

Jim, walk away until the NHL sees the light.
lordshipmayhem, 2009-06-19 15:42:41

Ballsilly is a Narcissist that didn't play by the rules and Mr rich guy was going to ding Canadian taxpayers.

I for one am Glad
Micheal, 2009-06-19 13:25:44

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