Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Balsillie's Back, for good?

This roller coaster never seems to end. Since my last post, Reinsdorf and another group (Ice Edge) submitted bids to keep the team in Phoenix, the NHL board of governers (particularly Leipold and Gillette) lambasted Balsillie at a meeting, approved Reinsdorf's bid and welcomed Ice Edge while denying Balsillie's, an excellent article uncovering why Reinsdorf seems willing to keep a money-losing franchise in Phoenix (because he really is not), and a delay was granted for the non-relocation auction to take place September 10.

Today we finally some get good news. Judge Baum is allowing relocation bids to be included at the September 10 auction, which means Balsillie is back! Although this is certainly a step in the right direction, the Coyotes problem is far from being resolved. This case is getting more complicated at an exponential rate. On August 11, Judge Baum will meet with all parties to figure out what including a bid rejected by the NHL means. See Shoalts' article to get up to speed.

Also of note, the number of journalists seeing the NHL and Bettman for what they are (dishonest, immature, and obstinate) is growing. Here are a few...

Goldstein (CBS Sports). Shady dealings make NHL look even more out of touch with reality (link)

Hickey (The Gazzette). Balsillie has more character than jailed ex-owners (link)

Fenske (Phoenix New Times). Something Smells in Glendale: Did the City Steer the Phoenix Coyotes Franchise to an Insider? (link)

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