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What Compromise?

from Record News Services,

Last night, Balsillie’s latest filings in response to some strong words earlier in the week from the NHL appeared to include that kind of logical, meet-you-halfway solution. In his court documents, Balsillie offered to keep the Coyotes in Arizona for one more season if the league will let him buy the team for $212.5 million (U.S.).

Compromise, right?

Not so fast.

Balsillie’s offer was made on condition the relocation of the team gets approved and that the NHL would pick up all the losses, which may have amounted to $45 million this season.

Well, the NHL’s never going to accept that. The other 29 teams would never countenance such a deal. And Balsillie knows it.

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The Mid-Western Conference Finals

•How do you explain the Western Conference Finals featuring two teams east of the Mississippi?

• I am starting to get my ‘day clock’ adjusted.  Those late games played on the west coast sure threw my body clock into a funk the last two weeks.

• Any one moment from the first two rounds that you will go into your long-term memory bank?

• Those of us in the USA will be watching most of the games on Versus during the Conference Finals.  The one thing I want to see go away is that darn commercial bar that appears on the bottom right of the screen during play (see an example in the video).

Any suggestions you have, please leave a comment.  This is not a post about knocking Versus but to make suggestions to improve their broadcast. 

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Bettman On Moving The Coyotes

from Curtis Eichelberger of Bloomberg,

Research in Motion Ltd. Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie’s effort to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Ontario may endanger the stability of all U.S. sports leagues, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said….

“You can not have a stable league if franchises can be uprooted at the blink of an eye on a personal whim,” Bettman said in an interview at league offices in New York. “It is up to the partners to decide who would be a good partner.”...

Bettman said he would only consider moving the team to another city if he can’t find a buyer, which is unlikely.

He said he understands how much Canadians love hockey, although more research has to be done before deciding whether Hamilton, a city of about 500,000 some 40 miles from Toronto.

“It’s not anything we’ve looked at, and before you make a decision that will involve hundreds of millions of dollars, that is something that is going to have to be studied,” he said. “It’s the reason we have relocation procedures.”

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Trying To Buy A Hockey Team

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

“I’ve spent well over five years on this and more millions than anyone will know,” said Balsillie, who spent an hour Thursday with writers and editors of the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator. “It started out as fun, but segued right into who I really am.”

Balsillie made no apologies for trying to purchase the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton through bankruptcy proceedings, after being rebuffed twice in his efforts to buy other teams.

“There was no front door to get this team here. I looked. I checked every which way. I’m so inside in every which way. I know a lot of these owners,” said Balsillie.

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Scoring Is Up

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

In the 44 games that made up the first round of this year’s playoffs, the average number of goals per 60 minutes of play was 5.0 — a level of constriction that fans have had to deal with in the N.H.L. post-season for close to 15 years.

But the average for the 22 games of the second round played through Monday has risen. It’s at 5.75 goals per game. (That figure includes the 41 extra minutes of overtime Anaheim needed to beat Detroit on May 3; without that OT the average is 5.9.) That is a big jump, and a heartening one for fans of more wide-open, creative play. It includes Monday’s 5-4 overtime gem in which the Capitals beat the Penguins to force Wednesday’s Game 7, as well as the 7-5 festival of goals through which Chicago eliminated Vancouver on Monday.

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The Hockey Is Great But Issues Still Exist

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

After years of blundering and tinkering, the NHL finally is hitting the formula that works, letting its stars shine, and they’re responding with unscripted drama. This should be a bright new era for the league, with great young players everywhere, from the obvious—Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin—to the not-so-obvious kids in Chicago, where the Blackhawks have fans there giddy again.

Now, all the league needs to do is find a network that most people actually get. Nothing against Versus, which does a decent job, but the NHL has earned a wider national audience, and it’s ridiculous Gary Bettman hasn’t solved the issue and revisited ESPN….

The Stanley Cup playoffs are must-see TV again; it’s just a shame that for many, it’s can’t-find TV on Versus. NBC’s weekend coverage is a boost, but if the NHL ever gets smart and works its way back to ESPN, look out.

The league still has issues, including its inconsistent officiating and peculiar calls. Some people hate that, especially when, say, a tying goal by a Wing is waved off in the final minute. No excuse there, but it does add to the quirkiness, and it sure hasn’t stopped us from watching.

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All The Legal Talk

from Shannon Kari of the National Post,

The National Hockey League moved swiftly last week in declaring that it had taken control of the Phoenix Coyotes from Jerry Moyes and that he had no right to file for bankruptcy protection or sell the team to Jim Balsillie.

More documents in support of the league’s position will be filed Wednesday in federal bankruptcy court in advance of a hearing in Phoenix on May 19.

But despite its firm public statements, the NHL has admitted in another court case that the powers of professional sports leagues are not that clear.

The right to impose league-wide rules on everything from team Web sites to who can buy a sports franchise is a legal “morass” that is “mired in ambiguity and confusion,” NHL lawyers wrote in a U.S. Supreme Court brief in January.

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Lessons Not Learned

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Based on what has happened with Phoenix, the NHL should have learned three key lessons:

1. There is no benefit to be derived by intentionally shielding public eyes from the economic troubles of individual teams.

Bettman and his lieutenants are by nature either secretive or very protective. But it eats at the credibility of NHL leadership when, after months of blunt denials, the Coyotes prove to be swimming in precisely the overflowing pool of red ink that many reports suggested….

2. Treating the players’ union as a minor irritant rather than a true partner isn’t a productive strategy.

NHLPA head Paul Kelly can deny it all he wants, but the union knew what Balsillie was up to and was supportive. The last straw for Kelly was probably going to the GMs meetings in Naples, Fla., in March and having his presentation summarily dismissed.

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Potential Owners For Coyotes

from TSN,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admits that Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes caught league officials by surprise and says there have been multiple offers to keep the team in Arizona.

Speaking on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice on Friday, Daly said the league had been working with Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes on potential ownership options right up until the team filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

continued and if you wish to listen to the interview with the guys on Hockey This Morning on XM204, click here...

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Evening Line

“Mr. Balsillie is acting, again, in total disregard of any rules, or any structure. . . . I would be very surprised if the board would look favourably on the way that Mr. Balsillie has conducted himself in this instance.”

“He makes his own decisions and he’s making a decision that this is the way he wants to get into the National Hockey League. We don’t usually like to pick fights, but we end them.”

-NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Jim Balsillie.  More from the CP via TSN.

added 11:129pm, from Paul Waldie and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The group backing Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes unleashed its sharpest attack yet on the National Hockey League, alleging in a lawsuit that the league is operating like an “illegal cartel” by blocking Mr. Balsillie’s effort to move the Coyotes to Hamilton.

“The NHL is excluding competition and restraining trade in [the United States and Canada] through the application of unreasonable restrictions in its constitution and bylaws, which are preventing the relocation of the Coyotes from Phoenix, Ariz., to Hamilton, Ont.,” said the lawsuit filed Thursday in Phoenix.

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