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from Stephen Cohen of Seattle pi,
Would-be Seattle Sonics owner Chris Hansen has signed a “non-binding” agreement with a prospective NHL owner from Vancouver, B.C., regarding the proposed arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, according to a report from KING/5 TV.
Citing sources with knowledge of talks between Hansen and Vancouver’s Victor Coleman, KING’s Chris Daniels reported on Tuesday that “the two potential ownership groups have signed a ‘non-binding’ agreement which lays out the terms for Coleman’s contribution to the project and his potential revenue streams for a hockey franchise.”
Coleman, a real estate developer now based in Los Angeles, heads one of the groups bidding for a potential NHL team, and has been involved in ongoing discussions for a Seattle franchise. Hansen is the hedge-fund manager who headed an attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle in 2013.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The National Hockey League has lost a court motion to dismiss a case filed by six fans who allege that the its restrictions on local TV broadcasts are anti-competitive.
The case is expected to proceed to trial early in 2015. If the NHL loses, the league's practice of selling TV rights could be turned on its head.
Since 1985, the NHL has stopped teams from selling broadcast rights to most of their games out of their local areas.
If this latest litigation is successful, it's possible that popular teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks could begin selling their broadcast rights throughout the United States.
In a lawsuit filed in New York two years ago, a group of disgruntled fans claimed that the restrictions on broadcasting were inappropriately driving up the price of sports cable television packages. The NHL subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the case and a judge ruled this week against that motion. The ruling was unsealed on Friday.
Here is the original story on this topic Westhead did in March, 2012 when he was with the Toronto Star.
“On the ice, if I made a mistake, I admitted it. And I think that we have to find a better way. I’m really concerned with some of the high hits, the dangerous plays. As the NHL is trying to sort through it and come up with a solution, I think they could be a little more diligent. And I think from an officiating perspective, they can get better as well.”
-Kerry Fraser, retired NHL referee. More on and from Fraser from Leith Dunick of the Thunder Bay NewsWatch...
MOSCOW, August 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is particularly important in view of the current global political situation, KHL President Alexander Medvedev said on Thursday.
An agreement to extend for one more year the Memorandum of Understanding, which stipulates respect for contracts of professional players from the both Leagues, was signed on Thursday prolonging it until June 30, 2015. The memorandum is primarily aimed at resolution of disputable situations in case of players’ transfer from the one league to the other.
“It is not a secret that the signing of first such agreement in 2011 was not easy,” Medvedev told an ITAR-TASS correspondent. “Annual prolongations of the memorandum were not smooth as well. I am not going to name the reasons behind as the most important thing is that the agreement was signed and in line with all rights and obligations, which KHL and NHL previously exercised.”
“The signing of the document is particularly important against the background of the current global political situation. It keeps the sport out of politics,” the KHL president said. “I only want to express hope that our foreign partners, who manage ice hockey in the United States, Canada and Europe, will maintain such approach in the future.”
from Paul Stewart at the Huffington Post,
As with all referees and officiating supervisors who have ever worked in this game, I have grown all-too-familiar over the years with the following scenario: A controversial call goes against Team A. Perhaps it was the right call, perhaps not. Shortly thereafter, there is another disputed call. This one goes in favor of Team A. Maybe it was the right call, maybe it wasn't.
Either which way, there is a Pavlovian response from Team B: "Make-up call!"
I'm not going to deny that some officials feel compelled at times to try to "even things out." However, it does not happen nearly as often or as automatically as many people seem to think.
There are a lot of things that happen on the ice that people in the stands and watching on television are not privy to see or hear. For instance, there were many times in my career where I'd cut a player a break on a borderline penalty with a warning that the next time he did it, he was going to sit. If he ignored the warning, I was true to my word. He sat.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Claude Loiselle, recently dismissed as Toronto assistant GM by one-time Devils teammate and now Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, is expected to be named Shanahan’s successor as VP of the NHL Department of Player Safety, we’re told by a well-placed source.
- Michael Del Zotto remains on the market as an unsigned free agent, with one club executive telling Slap Shots the 24-year-old defenseman’s reputation is in tatters around the league following his fizzle in Nashville that came in the wake of his exit from New York.
Sounds like a great time to buy low on this very talented — and perhaps now even humbled — young man. Hard to believe the Islanders aren’t all over this. Seriously.
read on for an update on where Marc Staal's contract talks stand...
My own problems with Yzerman started as a result of him mistreating my teammates. He was abusive to linesmen, and it made my protective instincts kick in and tell him off in no uncertain terms. The spark was lit after he belittled and verbally abused longtime linesman Mark Pare on an icing call in Detroit. It went way beyond simply yelling about a blown call. He treated Mark and other officials like they didn't even belong on the same ice as he did.
My next run-in with Yzerman came as a result of a disallowed goal in Minnesota. The dialogue won't be repeated on a family-friendly blog but suffice to say he wasn't a big fan of my style nor I of his. He made it personal and then escalated it when he elected to gripe to the media about me.
Retired NHL referee Paul Stewart. Read more from Stewart at the Huffington Post.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* The most heard not-so-secret word in the NHL is Corsi. If you know how Corsi works you may become one of those insider geniuses.
* I'm not one of them but -- facts are facts -- I'd like to know if Corsi had one percent of the reason why L.A. won the Cup; and Rangers were runners-up.
* My conclusion is that Corsi's involvement came out to the Square-Root-Of-Chai-Levy. Which, in Brooklyn, comes out to nothing.
* Let's make this perfectly clear; 1. Sixty percent of the media sages will predict that Detroit won't make the playoffs; 2. The Red Wings will make the post-season; 3. Thirty percent of the writers will admit they were wrong.
read on which includes more items like this..
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