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Copps Coliseum Enhancements

Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.

With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.

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NHL Talking Global TV Rights

from Sports Business International,

The National Hockey League is looking to be the first US league to offer a global rights offering, according to its Chief Operating Officer John Collins.

The NHL drew record crowds, greater television viewers and new sponsors this season through marketing strategies borrowed from the National Football League. The league’s current focus is to attract sponsors that will ultimately lead to more television money, says Collins.

“If we grow our share of the sports advertising marketplace, I think somebody will step up,” Collins said as quoted on Bloomberg. “We can be the first domestic league that looks at a global rights offering.”

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Your SCF Officials

via NHLOfficials,

The NHL names the Officials selected for the Stanley Cup Finals

Here they are:

Referees: Paul Devorski, Marc Joannette, Dennis Larue and Bill McCreary.

Linesmen: Derek Amell, Steve Miller, Jean Morin and Pierre Racicot.

The NHLOA would like to congratulate the Officials selected and wish them all the best for this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

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The NHL Combine Fitness Tests

From Michael Traikos at the National Post:

“What have I gotten myself into?”

This is what I’m thinking as lab assistants duct tape my feet to the pedals of a stationary bike, block my nasal cavity with a nose plug and force a breathing tube inside my mouth.

Strapped in, I realize there is no turning back. I am at York University where I am about to undergo the dreaded VO2 max test as part of the standardized fitness evaluation that all NHL draftees are subjected to at the league’s draft combine today and tomorrow. While a player’s physical sacrifice might lead to a professional contract, I am told there are two ways in which this day will end for me: either in tears or hunched over a bucket.

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This & That

via WPXI,

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, a Detroit native, was neutral during last year’s Cup run, but this time, he’s rooting for the Pens.

“Now, I think it’s time for Pens to win it,” said Bettis. “Because these young guys have paid their dues. They’re ready to win a championship, and they need to bring it, bring it home to Pittsburgh.”

• How great was it to see Jim Gregory, Senior VP of Hockey Operations present the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl to the Wings last night.  Mr. Gregory suffered a very serious heart attack a few months back and it was niceto see him out and about.

• I wonder what the decibel level in the Joe would have been if Chelios had knocked-in that rebound in OT?

• Once again, I will be attending all the SCF games in Detroit and if you are attending the game, I want to talk to you and yes, that includes you Pens fans.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me to find out why.

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Going Through The Process

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It sounds like the makings of yet another reality TV show.

Contestants are told to sing, while being asked such philosophical questions like if they prefer a gun that is loaded with bullets, or poetry. As they answer, pieces of candy are thrown at their heads.

For the 100 players willing to undergo these 20-minute “no-holds barred” interviews at this week’s National Hockey League draft combine in Toronto, the grand prize - being drafted by an NHL team next month - seems worth any humiliation.

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Don’t Tell Anyone

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

You don’t get a spot at the best table with the hockey cognoscenti if you mention the possibility that NHL players might – shhh – use steroids or human growth hormone or other performance enhancers. Nope. No sport has come under less scrutiny for PED use than the NHL, mostly because nobody in the U.S. Congress follows hockey or knows who Gary Bettman is and mostly because the cadre of hockey analysts who are ex-players, coaches or general managers act like gate-keepers, preferring to drop juvenile nicknames on each other than speak truths.

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Judge Trying To Speed Up Process In Phoenix

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Reacting to the real possibility that billionaire Jim Balsillie might withdraw his $212.5 million offer for the Phoenix Coyotes, bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum acted today to speed up court hearings.

The judge ordered all parties to file their legal arguments on relocation by June 5 with a hearing set for June 9 – 13 days sooner than the June 22 date he’d previously set.

The judge interrupted arguments over when the Coyotes auction might be held, calling the relocation issue “the 10,000 pound elephant in the room.”

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added 2:04pm, Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal is Twittering the court proceedings today if you are interested.

added 4:18pm, from the Globe and Mail,

A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has temporarily ended the dispute over who controls the Phoenix Coyotes by putting the current owners largely in charge.

Judge Redfield Baum has ruled that three executives of the current ownership group, led by Jerry Moyes, will run the team on a day-to-day basis. Moyes’s group and the National Hockey League will also appoint one person as a “point person” who will review the finances on a weekly basis. If the two point persons can’t agree on something, either one can bring the issue to court.

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The Ongoing Phoenix Coyotes Situation

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Sports Properties Investment Corp. – a New York investment firm that’s flush with cash – was working with Chicago sports magnate Jerry Reinsdorf to buy the Phoenix Coyotes one day before the team filed for bankruptcy protection.

According to documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, Tony Tavares, a former baseball executive who runs Sports Properties Acquisition Corp., signed an agreement May 4 with the city of Glendale, where the Coyotes play their home games at Jobing.com Arena.

The document did not reveal a purchase price, but the Republic says Sports Properties has $215 million (all figures U.S.) in a trust account to buy “sports and leisure properties.” The publicly traded firm refers to itself as a “blank check” business that last month was trying to acquire the NHL’s Florida Panthers, according to published reports.

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Coyotes & NHL Agree on Ongoing Operations

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

The NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes have essentially agreed on how the team will be operated on a day-to-day basis as a result of court-ordered mediation.

Both sides will be able to tell U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum at a hearing on Wednesday that the once-contentious issue of who controls the team has been resolved. It is expected that the league will continue to finance the team’s operation until a buyer is found.

There is one source of conflict remaining – the timeline of the bankruptcy petition, sale of the team and its possible relocation. The Moyes camp wants it done quickly so that the winning bidder, be it Jim Balsillie and his $212.5-million (all currency U.S.) offer or anyone else, can move the team by the start of the season this fall and avoid another year of $40-million-plus losses in Phoenix. The NHL remains adamant that is much too soon for a move for various reasons, including their procedures for allowing a franchise to move and logistical problems with the schedule.

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Update 9:03pm ET: On a related note from TSN

Jim Balsillie has formally asked other NHL owners to let him into the club.

The Canadian billionaire filed an application with the league’s board of governors seeking a transfer of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership interest, one of his representatives confirmed Monday.

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