Coyotes offered a RIM job

Wanye
May 06 2009 10:28AM

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If you are just waking from a 24 hour doctor-induced coma, you will be surprised to learn that Research in Motion Founder Jim Balsillie has continued in his quest to bring an NHL team to Canada – this time making an offer for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jim Balsillie confirmed Tuesday that he has offered to pay $212.5 million US to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes on the condition that the bankrupt team relocate to southern Ontario. Balsillie, 48, made the offer to Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes, consenting to buy it if he can move it, presumably to Hamilton or the Kitchener-Waterloo region, where he runs Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the popular BlackBerry mobile device. Balsillie also agreed to provide $17 million US in bridge financing to keep the Coyotes operating in advance of the proposed sale.

Before we start laying our thoughts down on this matter, did anyone watch the Balsillie press conference? Why exactly is he wearing a tuxedo? Is that how you roll when you crack the top 700 richest people in the world? Does someone show up at your door and inform you that “You have done well for yourself, sir. Here is your gold set of testicles and from now on we are going to insist you wear a tuxedo at all times. You know, to keep up appearances.”

And could he have looked more nervous?

"Er, um well I had a GIC come due last month and I got a refund on my taxes, so yeah I made a $212.5 million dollar offer for the Phoenix Coyotes. Frankly I am surprised that's a news story and all of you reporters showed up at this event to interview me. Luckily I wear a tuxedo at all times."

When we have enough loot kicking around to write a $212.5 million offer on something the last emotion we will display will be nerves. We would have our press conference buck naked without the use of a podium, holding a foam Coyotes #1 finger in one hand and a half empty bottle of Jack Daniels in the other. Most of our "press conference" would consist of telling stories about how we could have anyone in the room murdered by Hells Angels for $5,000. Rich guy nerves or not, two things remain crystal clear: 1) Jim Balsillie is rich as all hell, and 2) He seems to want to watch an NHL game in Hamilton-Kitchener-Waterloo-Leaf Country.

Just how rich is this Jim Balsillie anyways?

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If you haven't heard of Jim Balsillie before you have most likely heard of his little company Research in Motion. In a business world where Canadian Tech companies aren't exactly renowned for their economic might, RIM is a homegrown tech darling able to earn actual "revenues" and over the past 15  years has become a Global economic juggernaut all the while headquartering in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. RIM co-chief executive officers James Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are by accounts good ol' Canadian boys who just so happen to run a company with a market capitalization of over $50.59 billion as of 9:37 AM this morning.

Before all of the recent financial hullabaloo Balsillie had turned a world wide addiction to BrickBreaker into the #618th largest personal fortune on Earth with a 2007 net worth of slightly north of $1.8 billion dollars. While certainly ballin', we must take this opportunity to note that Balsillie is no Daryl Katz who posted up on the same Forbes list of richest people on Earth at #538 with a net worth of $1.9 billion. But we will pretend for a moment that $1.8 billion is a sufficient checking account to go shopping for an NHL team.

We suppose the next question is:

Why is the NHL spurning his efforts?

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In 2006, Balsillie took a run at buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for $170 million but eventually terminated his offer on the basis “it wasn’t going to be accepted.” The Penguins were able to hold the buy-us-an-arena-or-we-are-so-outta-here gun to the heads of local government and it seems they are due to remain in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. After a prolonged courting process, Pittsburgh ended up sending the nice rich Canadian man packing in favor of the nice rich Canadian man they already had in the owner’s suite.

Not easily discouraged, in 2007 Balsillie offered Craig Leipold $238 million for the Nashville Predators in a move that seemed so certain to succeed that the Globe and Mail ran a story titled “Predators sold to Balsillie” That bid also fell short when Leipold went the other route, selling to William (Boots) DelBiaggio who followed the path blazed by many an NHL owner now and is now under investigation by the Feds for financial er, indiscretions. Incredibly these two experiences didn't sour Balsillie and send him shopping for an Iranian Jai Alai squad and he remains interested in an NHL team.

We will ask our own question again:

Why is the NHL spurning his efforts?

It has been rumored that one of the issues Bettman has with Balsillie is that he isn’t respecting the G code of NHL ownership which apparently means “Ask Gary if you can do something. If he says no, you don’t do it.” Balsillie has the temerity to go around NHL head office in NYC and tries to strike deals with team owners directly. This refusal to play political softball with NHL big wigs has been one of the reasons touted for his inability to land a team to date.  Side note: What does that idiot owner in Tampa Bay who made all the Saw movies have that Balsillie does not?

It has also been widely theorized that there are some in the NHL head offices that believe moving what was once the Winnipeg Jets back to Canada would amount to an admission that the experiment of bringing the NHL to the American Sun Belt is over. Leaving aside the fact that "experiment of bringing the NHL to the American Sun Belt is actually over" one must also recall that the American Sun Belt is basically bankrupt at the moment and that the troubles faced by the Coyotes have little to do with the NHL refusing to run an interesting marketing campaign in the past decade, the failure to promote fighting in the game to a blood-thirsty American audience or secure a national American TV deal. Yep, the NHL could easily use the Global Recession to allow the Jets to come home to Canada with little worry that the thousands of American Billionaires looking to locate another team in the US would scuttle their plans.

Right.

That reminds us - speaking of NHL owners - how about them

Crazy inflated team values

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Lest we forget, Nation, that the Anaheim Mighty Ducks sold for a piddling $75 million in 2005. Then the Oilers were sold at a mind shattering $200 million and suddenly the floor value of a franchise roughly tripled overnight. If and when Balsillie ultimately picks off one of the weaker members of the NHL herd and drags it up to Hamilton, he will have grossly overpaid for the purchase thus reinforcing the inflated value of an NHL franchise. Pretend you are selling chocolate bars for a buck. If someone walked into your store and offered you $5 for this very same bar you would most likely throw that money in the till as fast as you could laughing heartily at the sucker who overpaid $4 for a $1 chocolate bar. But if the next person is willing to pay $5, and the next and the next - sooner or later you are in the business of selling $5 chocolate bars.

Same goes for the NHL -  a league without a major TV deal operating in a business climate where most of the teams are losing money hand over fist. When Katz bought the Oilers for $200 million the EIG and some other owners in the league must have thought they had misread the purchase price. This was a team that was valued between $65-$90 million by most publications. NHL owners would probably have split into two camps - those who believed that this was a one time price spike and others who truly believed that their team - which has lost tens of millions of dollars per year for a great many years - suddenly also tripled in value. If this Balsillie transaction goes through, they might be closer to realizing their hilarious dream than they can dream in this economic climate.

For this reason alone Bettman should allow Balsillie to buy the Coyotes. It will further inflate franchise values in a market where teams should be doing nothing more than shedding market value. Axing this deal is not only a disservice to Jerry Moyes, but to the other 28 NHL owners (Katz excluded) who must be watching this transaction with giddy anticipation of their own franchise value going through the roof.

Does Gretzky come with the deal?

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IF the Coyotes are sold and IF Balsillie moves them to Hamilton – what of the Head Coach? Will he take his share of the sale and sail quietly into the sunset? Will he seek to continue with the team as Head Coach or in some other capacity? If Gretzky is willing to relocate north of the border for hockey related business stuff, we know of another Canadian Billionaire who recently bought an NHL franchise who is also looking for a new Head Coach who may want to go have a chat with #99. If you want to roll with the Boys on the Bus, why not roll with THE boy on the bus?

Canadian Billionaires bossing around Bettman and making moves without his consent. Kinda makes you feel nice doesn’t it?

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#1 The Towel Boy
May 06 2009, 10:32AM
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Who saw this coming?!?

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#2 Steve K
May 06 2009, 10:37AM
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First time commenter long time reader:

The title of this article Wayne? TOO FUNNY. You are the king!

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#3 Slurve
May 06 2009, 10:45AM
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I hope Mr Blackberry gets a hockey team. It is obvious this guy is passionate about the game and wanting a team in Canada. Mr Bettman has his own agenda though. I and many others are dumbfounded as to why Bettman's agenda is to pursue expansion in the States. Why so many southern and or mid US teams are struggling and on verge of bankruptcy that Bettman refused to even consider moving one or two teams back to Canada, the answer is so obvious.

THE ANSWER: Bettman gains revenue through selling TV rights to US television. Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07. Bettman oversaw the expansion the NHL's footprint across the United States, with six new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 30.

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Bettman have enough money in his war chest to assist failing US teams while trying to maintain the status quo of US teams. The more US teams, the more chances of gaining bigger TV deals/rights for the future. In Canada, there will be very few cash for TV rights, so why not go after the big boys in the US of A.

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#4 Brian O'Neill
May 06 2009, 10:51AM
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The NHL will not put the team in southern Ontario. A large Sabres following is located there. I personally would like to see the Saska-qwatches. We all know that'll never happen.

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#5 Wanye Gretz
May 06 2009, 10:54AM
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@ Brian O'Neill:

Well Mr. Negative the 618th richest man on earth seems to disagree with your point.

ZING

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#6 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 10:55AM
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Balsille is the new Batman, the c*cky playboy that kicked Heath Ledger's @ss. Katz is the Tim Burton Batman played by Keaton, who was socially awkward but secretly wanted to kick Heath Ledger's @ss. True Story.

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#7 GSC
May 06 2009, 11:11AM
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That's exactly what it boils down to, Bettman fears that a powerful group of Canadian owners will strong-arm him out of the league.

I, for one, pray to Wanye that this happens.

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#8 Rusty Shackleford
May 06 2009, 11:18AM
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@ Archaeologuy: You should be careful which movie you reference, or people may take you for Deep Oil.

@ Wanye: That's a nominee for blog post title of the year in my books.

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#9 Quinn
May 06 2009, 11:18AM
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Just a quibble really - Balsillie was wearing a tux because he threw a quick presser following a banquet given in his honour to hand out some kind of business achievement award. Thus, he is the emperor penguin in a room full of Chinstrap penguins. *cough, cough*

I am glad someone in the Oilogosphere finally brought this up. I have been scanning sites for some comment since I heard yesterday afternoon.

My thought, Phoenix for next season (likely) and then when the dust settles from the stampede of penguin lawyers, the Waterloo Berries join the Western Conference in 10-11 (Bettmann has got to punish Jimmy somehow right?).

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#10 G unit.
May 06 2009, 11:24AM
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Pure comedy. Great article - I laughed so hard at the 'rim job' title my upper plate almost fell out.

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#11 Robin Brownlee
May 06 2009, 11:39AM
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Wanye: I like your headline far better than the one on my Renney item. Can we have our crack technical squad tweak my story using your headline and replace "Coyotes" with "Oilers?"

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#12 baggedmilk
May 06 2009, 11:52AM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

I would like to personally give you an over Internet high five for this piece title. Hilarious.

Fun fact: When Jim Balsillie travels, he has 'Balla Baby' by Chingy blasting from 12' foot speakers.

Again... you heard it from ol' baggedmilk first. New team name will be the Hamilton Storm.

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#13 Victoria
May 06 2009, 11:52AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Balsille is the new Batman, the c*cky playboy that kicked Heath Ledger’s @ss. Katz is the Tim Burton Batman played by Keaton, who was socially awkward but secretly wanted to kick Heath Ledger’s @ss. True Story.

True nerd gold!

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#14 Chris
May 06 2009, 11:55AM
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If Bettman cock blocks Balsillie ONE more time it's time for the board of governors to let Bettman go. I know moving the Coyote franchise out of Phoenix will be hard on it's 20 or so fans but it's time to embrace reality... Shouldn't the common goal be to RAISE league revenue by having numerous successful well placed franchises?

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#15 Greg MC
May 06 2009, 12:07PM
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Katz was determined to own the Oilers, bumping up his offers until it was too good to refuse.

Basille's offer looks pretty sweet and his timing is excellent. I am sure that the NHL would be happy not to have to subsidise Phoenix and more.

Will the Oiler's, and potentialy Phoenix sales have much impact on franchise value around the league? I doubt it.

Supply of teams in poor financial condition greatly outnumber well heeled individuals or corporations willing to step up and own dogs of teams.

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#16 Jamie
May 06 2009, 12:10PM
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Uh oh. According to Forbes 2009 list, when billionaires lost all their money just like the rest of us (Warren Buffet lost $25 billion!) Balsille is #430 and Katz is - gulp - #468.

But Katz owns an NHL team, so nyah to you, Balsille.

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#17 DeepOil
May 06 2009, 12:18PM
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Sorry Wanye - but Jim B is much richer than the founder of Rexall - for two reasons, he has more cake and it is in shares of a public company, he can sell his shares this afternoon, while overdraft Katz has to find a buyer and then pay off McKesson for their share - your stats conflict with FORBES as Basillie is rated higher than wannabe DK.

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#18 sittingatmydesk
May 06 2009, 12:20PM
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Hello HAMILTON BLACKBERRIES....

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#19 Quinn
May 06 2009, 12:24PM
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@ baggedmilk:

I for one, will watch to see if your prognostication skills hold up on this prediction.

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#20 baggedmilk
May 06 2009, 12:28PM
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Quinn wrote:

@ baggedmilk: I for one, will watch to see if your prognostication skills hold up on this prediction.

I'm glad I will have a witness when it happens.

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#21 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 12:55PM
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Victoria wrote:

True nerd gold!

I am fluent in both Nerdish and Geek, also in Ancient Geek, but that is mainly a written language (as the Ancient Geeks lacked the social skills to have face to face conversations)

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#22 alphah
May 06 2009, 01:04PM
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Southwestern Ontario is a gay place for a team when Winnipeg, QC, and even... Halifax! are sans teams. Let Medvedev have his Quebec Coyotes.. sure beats Southwestern Wangsamplers... Halifax and Winnipeg need teams within the next 20 years. If we have like 8 teams in Ontario by then its going to be hard to convince the league that new Canadian franchises are needed.

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#23 Bob Cob
May 06 2009, 01:35PM
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I am sure the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix, the NHL will not relocate to Canada until Gary "the Count" Bettman is no longer in charge. Instead he will put a team in Las Vegas or some other dumbass place like that and 5 years down the road the NHL will be in this whole problem all over again.

My solution: Go back to 24 teams, six teams per division and 12 teams per conference. Remove Phoenix, Florida, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Carolina. Move Detroit into the Eastern Conference and go from there. Have a dispersal draft and distribute the players to the teams. This will make for higher quality hockey, keep the game in good markets, allow the owners to actually make a yearly profit, and the playoff race down the strecth would be even closer than they already are.

I know there is no way this would ever happen but I can dream.

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#24 Bob Cob
May 06 2009, 01:37PM
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Bob Cob wrote:

six teams per division

I meant 4 teams per division

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#25 Blair
May 06 2009, 01:51PM
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Why Pitt didn't happen... Balsille said he'd be willing to keep the team in Pit, Bettman/Lemieux wanted it in writing, Balsille walked away.

Why Nashville didn't happen... Out of town wannabe owner offers lots of cash, NHL gives local ownership a chance to buy franchise...Hmm does this sound familiar - like EDM in the 90s with EIG.

Now Phoenix...an owner who mismanaged his finances (hmm did Pocklington do that too?) and supposedly Reinsdorf wants to give it a go in Phoenix. Shouldn't that happen? The good people of Glendale built a rink for them a couple years ago with a 30+ year lease...Wouldn't you be choked if EDM built the Oilers a new rink and they left town because the owner pissed away all his cash on shady business deals?

Sure there should be a new team in Southern Ontario, but stealing a franchise is not how it should be done. They are a young team that will be successful in a year or two, and lets see how Phoenix does then.

Some of the southern teams are in weak shape, but for the most part they have also been losing teams. Get in smart ownership and management and I'm sure it can work. Is Dallas really a better hockey market than Atlanta, Miami or Phoenix? Stable management and winning product made them successful...

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#26 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 02:03PM
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@ Blair: Dallas is a huge market, Phoenix...not so much. Until this year Dallas has had a great attendance record, Phoenix...not so much. So winning breeds fans and revenue, but the Yotes are in such financial peril that they cant afford a winning club.

No one will be stealing a Franchise from Phoenix. After losing 20+ million every year for 10 years then filing for bankruptcy Moyes will be begging for a buyer.

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#27 Chris
May 06 2009, 02:29PM
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@ Blair:

Then let Ballsili start a new franchise in Hamilton, and let Bettman place another one somewhere stupid like Las Vegas... Have a 32 team league with two conferences of 16 teams. Every team plays a home and home series against non-conference rivals (16 non-conference rivals x 2 games= 32 games). Every team plays two home and two away games against conference opponents. (15 other teams in your conference x 4 games= 60)

That makes 92 games. (46 home dates) Ditch the pre-season... make EVERY game count from day one: but give franchises 10 games to wean their lineup down to a 23 man roster. Last season I paid for 44 or 45 home dates... but only 41 meant anything. Prospects who really deserve a look will still get a chance: but in a game that matters. If the league still wants to have divisions, and division titles within this framework to seed teams and create interest; I don't care. I just want to see a variety of opponents over the course of the season. Oh, and I hate paying top dollar to see pre-season games.

I know I'm dreaming... but I like the symmetry of my proposal.

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#28 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 02:55PM
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@ Chris: I have to disagree completely with the idea of expanding the league even further. The Oilers have a hard enough time finding forwards who can score 20 goals without 2 more teams vying for them or drafting them ahead of the Oil.

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#29 Uncle Geoff
May 06 2009, 03:01PM
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Would it be too much to dream that Balsillie might get a team, put it int he KW area, and call it the Waterloo Mercurys? Instant history if he did.

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#30 Cam
May 06 2009, 03:05PM
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alphah wrote:

sure beats Southwestern Wangsamplers…

That made me snort coffee through my nose!! I love that name.

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#31 I Am The Law
May 06 2009, 03:16PM
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There are two reasons that I believe Mr. Balsillie is getting turned down by Bettman. One is public relations-based, one is legal.

Public relations-wise, it would be disastrous, in Bettman's mind, for any of the Southern expansion or relocation teams to fail or to be moved. If that happens, it would be saying that he was wrong and that his vision failed. Now, this may or may not be the case (make your own comment on the financial health of the teams in places such as Raleigh, Miami, or Dallas, etc.), but when you've been running an organization for close to decades, it's tough to see your major initiative fail. And I believe that Mr. Bettman does not like to concede or admit defeat, even a little bit. So he would likely want to keep Phoenix in town, even to his detriment. But this is speculation.

The second reason is legal. I don't know for sure, but I have little doubt that each NHL team has an exclusive right to operate a team in a geographic area. In order to have a team move into that area, it would likely require at a minimum 2/3, and likely unanimous, approval of the Board of Governors. Toronto will not accept it since they already lost fans to Ottawa (well, a handful anyways), except for a truckload of money. I can't see Buffalo accepting it at all, either. Now, you might say, "well, people from Hamilton don't go to Buffalo to watch hockey, and people from Buffalo aren't going to watch hockey in Hamilton, thanks to the border." You're probably right. But it would likely affect TV revenue, etc.

Finally, when it comes to franchises, no one knows what will and what will not work in a particular market. For example, in the NBA, when they expanded to Vancouver and Toronto, Toronto took off while Vancouver ended up moving. Now, there were some on-the-court issues with Vancouver (Steve Francis instead of Lamar Odom), but it should have been a good market, and wasn't. You just can't predict these things. Maybe the NHL also thinks that Hamilton wouldn't be a good market. If Balsillie was willing to buy a team and move it to Kansas City, Oklahoma, or even Seattle, I could see the NHL more willing to play ball.

Finally, he could always do what they did in Seattle, which is buy the team, and then move it on his own (or in Indianapolis, buy the team and physically move it in the dead of night, or Oakland where Davis moved the Raiders back-and-forth just for giggles). However, his lack of diplomacy is preventing him from getting even that far.

Sorry, this was a bit longer than it was meant to be (as I believe Abe Lincoln said, I meant to write you a short letter, but I didn't have the time, so I wrote a long one instead).

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#32 Poo Czar
May 06 2009, 03:25PM
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alphah wrote:

Southwestern Ontario is a gay place for a team when Winnipeg, QC, and even… Halifax! are sans teams

Even the CFL won't let Halifax have a team, and they give Ottawa a franchise every 5 years!

I vote for Winnipeg with Bobby Hull supplanting Gretz behind the bench. Phil Housley and Bob Essensa as his assistants.

And can we move the 'Canes back to Hartford?

I Heart Nostalgia!

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#33 Chris
May 06 2009, 03:52PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

The Oilers have a hard enough time finding forwards who can score 20 goals without 2 more teams vying for them or drafting them ahead of the Oil.

And yet Detroit keeps finding high end talent late in the Draft...Hmmmm. And YOU remain silent when I argue with Willis about the Oiler draft record.

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#34 Colin
May 06 2009, 03:53PM
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If winnipeg hadn't built a way too small new arena(15000 seats WTF) and had an ass load of corporate sponsors on board that would be the way to go.

Southern Ontario can support another team though(I like it as a big FCK YOU to the leafs) and would undoubtably be profitable (Didn't he get like 13000 season tickets sold in a week the last time he played this game?)

It's western Canada that doesn't have the base to support another team yet, although I think a seattle area team might get some vancouverites out.

So yeah lets take 3-4 of the southern US teams and relocate them.

Nashville is in some trouble too and I can't see things going well in florida or atlanta for much longer if they keep up the suckage; these people will turn to NFL, Nascar, college sports, NBA, or the world series of lawn bowling at the first drop of a hat.

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#35 Blair
May 06 2009, 04:01PM
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@Chris Metro Dallas ~ 6 Million Metro Phoenix ~ 4.5 Million

Both should be able to support a professional team that is run effectively.

My point is that Dallas had great fans because they had great management/ownership who put a good product on the ice. Phoenix on the other hand has been terrible and it appears that rests with ownership/management (Moyes looks like he got caught up using debt to buy more than he could afford and when he couldn't get more debt, it caught up with him). If you get quality ownership in place **maybe** Phoenix works as a hockey market (with good marketing - they have a team that should be good). If in 3-5 years they are still struggling to establish a fan base, then I'd cut loose.

---- Also, who says Balsille is the best option for another team in Southern Ontario? Just because he's the most outgoing person seeking a franchise doesn't mean he is automatically the best option (he might be, but lets see who else is out there too).

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#36 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 04:04PM
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Chris wrote:

Archaeologuy wrote: The Oilers have a hard enough time finding forwards who can score 20 goals without 2 more teams vying for them or drafting them ahead of the Oil. And yet Detroit keeps finding high end talent late in the Draft…Hmmmm. And YOU remain silent when I argue with Willis about the Oiler draft record.

Whoa, settle, I dont remember said argument about drafting. But my stance is that it was @ss-tacular in the 90's and has gotten significantly better as of late. And Look at Detroit's draft Gems, 4th rounders? If Detroit knew these guys were so good why didnt they draft them in the 1st round? Honestly, Omark is also looking like he might be a 4th round gem, it happens.

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#37 BUCK75
May 06 2009, 04:18PM
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I love how the NHL would rather try & stick bubble gum in all of the holes of the leaky SSCoyotes instead of just getting the cash.

28 other owners would be insane not to let JB throw a stack of money at this & put some new lipstick on this pig.

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#38 Chris
May 06 2009, 04:29PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Sometime, in the random future, I would like to stop paying for preseason games, and see every team in the league at least once. It's the dream of EVERY season ticket holder...

Okay. So no expansion. Stay with thirty teams. Two divisons of 15. A home and home with each eastern opponents results in 30 games played. Then the Oilers play each western rival twice at home and twice on the road. Another 56 games played. That is 86 games or 43 home dates. Do you think the NHLPA would go for an extra four regular season games if there wasn't such a ridiculously long pre-season?

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#39 Smokin' Ray - NNC
May 06 2009, 04:36PM
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BRING BACK THE JETS!!!

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#40 bingofuel
May 06 2009, 05:02PM
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Do we need a new acronym, Smokin' Ray? BBTJ?

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#41 Chris
May 06 2009, 05:26PM
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@ Smokin' Ray - NNC: What is NNC?

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#42 Chris
May 06 2009, 05:27PM
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NEED NEW COUCH?

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#43 Travis Dakin
May 06 2009, 05:54PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: I will consider this piece the fourth part of that little four part financial piece you were working on all those moons ago. You sir are now off the hook.

Rusty Shackleford wrote:

@ Archaeologuy: You should be careful which movie you reference, or people may take you for Deep Oil.

Speaking of said individual.... where for art thou lately? hmm.

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#44 Ender the Dragon
May 06 2009, 06:03PM
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Good stuff, Wanye. Except for the part about bringing #99 in as the new head coach in Oilerville. Don't get me wrong; I love the man to death and would shine his shoes in the street if ever he asked. It's just that someone smarter than me pointed out in a previous thread that if things don't go well for #99 behind the bench, the Oilers are still kind of stuck with him. After all, how do you fire the man whose statue is outside the building? Too much at stake on both sides; I'd have to say the risk far outweighs the reward.

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#45 abdullah teh butcher
May 06 2009, 06:57PM
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It's hard nosed investigative reporting like this that won OilerNation a Webby award.

Oh yeah, right, The New York Times and Washington Post got them. Sorry.

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#46 David S
May 06 2009, 07:04PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I am fluent in both Nerdish and Geek, also in Ancient Geek, but that is mainly a written language (as the Ancient Geeks lacked the social skills to have face to face conversations)

Well played sir!

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#47 oilersseasonticketholdersince99
May 06 2009, 08:35PM
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They should do away with Bettman if this deal does not go through and let the Coyotes and about five other teams in the South fold their doors.Transfer three other weak teams to Canada and then we will have a healthy league,The US experiment is a joke, considering we dont even rank in the top 10 in the US for sports.

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#48 Garett
May 06 2009, 08:38PM
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Oh, don't worry about 2 more teams possibly picking ahead of the Oilers, they will still draft very poorly given their track record over the past 15 years!

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#49 Archaeologuy
May 06 2009, 11:00PM
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Chris wrote:

Do you think the NHLPA would go for an extra four regular season games if there wasn’t such a ridiculously long pre-season?

I think they would be all for it. More hockey revenue translates directly into player salary. And that's what the NHLPA is all about.

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#50 The Towel Boy
May 06 2009, 11:39PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: I will consider this piece the fourth part of that little four part financial piece you were working on all those moons ago. You sir are now off the hook.

Like an elephant, TD never forgets....ever.

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