Stubblecat wrote:Here's a new question: Research In Motion co-founder Jim Balsillie has been trying to buy an NHL hockey team fo a while now, and bring it to Southern Ontario. He has his eyes on the Phoenix Coyotes, which is a bankrupt team in a market that doesn't give a rat's ass about hockey.
It's a super-long story, but the NHL simply does not want him to buy the Coyotes or any other team for that matter.
The actual question is this: Is there much coverage of these goings on in the U.S. sports media? It's front-page news here every week.
My thinking on this issue falls squarely on the 'American Xenophobia' party lines. America would NEVER allow a sports team, no matter how terrible or how much money they hemhorrage, to leave the U.S. and go to Canada. It's some sort of nutty patriotic protectionism.
As a not exactly huge
hockey market, but a city with some grand history in the sport, it's been covered fairly well here in Seattle, then again, we're mentioned as a possible location for any team that might move.
I see it as anti-Canadian bias, plain and simple. Bettman is such an out of tune, clueless retard that it's gone from bad joke to downright tragic. Given a chance, he'd snuff out every team in Canada and move 'em all to San Antonio, New Orleans, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Birmingham. The owners, including well known money-grubbing douchebag Jeremy Jacobs, have been blinded by the distribution of expansion fees, and the idiotic idea that Bettman is somehow making the sport better by trying to market it in places where no one gives a crap.
Problem is, the Phoenix/Hamilton mess will prove to be his undoing because there is no way in hell that an American bankruptcy judge will disallow a 212 million dollar bid vs a 148 million dollar bid for the team. The object of a bankruptcy court is to recoup as much of the losses as possible, and Moyes' creditors don't care about where
the team goes after they get their money. If I was one of them I'd be raising such a stink.
IMHO, we could kill Atlanta, Florida, Phoenix, Carolina and Nashville and move 'em to Winnipeg, Victoria, Hamilton, Halifax and Seattle.
IMHO, we could allow Marty McSorley the opportunity to drag Battman into a dark alleyway and beat him with a hockey stick for about six hours and then get a real commissioner for the sport that actually cares about the history of the game and it's incredible heritage. A guy that'd get rid of this Eastern/Western Conference crap and gives us the Campbell and Wales Conferences.