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Old 05-12-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Why is/was the NHL seemingly against Balsillie getting a team...is it the Leafs dont want him encroaching on their turf?
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Why is/was the NHL seemingly against Balsillie getting a team...is it the Leafs dont want him encroaching on their turf?
Yup, it was partly that.

Also there is a personal thing between Bettman and Balsillie.

And Balsillie perhaps made a strategic error in trying to circumvent the usual process for acquiring NHL teams by throwing lots of money around thinking that that would work and allow him to do as he pleases.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Why is/was the NHL seemingly against Balsillie getting a team...is it the Leafs dont want him encroaching on their turf?
It was that sack of crap Bettman being the world's biggest douche again.
Did you notice when the presented the Cup to Pittsburgh in Detroit last season, the fans politely applauded the Pens, . . . but they BOO'ED Bettman. I have to respect Detroit for that.
ie) it is more traumatic to have to see Bettman's ugly mug, . . . than to lose game 7 at home.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Centre of the Universe (Toronto)
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The owner of the coyotes is from Hamilton, that is where he wants to move the team. If the league denies it, they will probably stay in Phoenix
You mean if Bettman and his dumb Desert Expansion Act deny it....
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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God dang it, the NHL had the ability to move a crappy sunbelt team to Winnipeg and they screwed this up. I don't have one ounce of respect remaining in my body for Bettman and the current people running the NHL. They couldn't have ever trashed this league up more than they have.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:05 AM
 
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The Phoenix metro has 4-5x the population of Manitoba ..... it's not hard to see why they'd want this market
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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The Phoenix metro has 4-5x the population of Manitoba ..... it's not hard to see why they'd want this market
Doesnt really matter what the population in phoenix is its about how many are interested enough in hockey to buy a ticket and go see a game.

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the board passed a measure to create a special taxing district or some like funding mechanism to pay the league to operate the arena for next season for an amount not to exceed $25M
Does this mean that the general public is going to be paying taxes to keep the team in phoenix If so i wonder what the locals think of that idea/
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Old 05-16-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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No it doesn't

There will most likely be a district setup around the arena that will contain taxing of some of those establishments ...... faced with that or the prospect of losing that additional business 50 nights a year I'm sure they have a pretty easy decision and feeling on it

And yes, the population does matter ..... it takes time to develop, groom and grow ....... if you want a rinky dink league with limited revenue potential than keep your eyes focused on just the gate

there are much larger revenue streams that are important to the league

all the team needs to do to succeed down here is win - there are maybe 3-4 markets in the league that would still show up in any type of # for a team that hasn't won a playoff series in over 20 years
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Hockey in Phoenix is like surfing in Kansas - it just doesn't work.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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professional hockey has been in AZ for over 40 years
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