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Bruins’ owner suggests that Board of Governors’ desire for expansion is middling

From ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald:

Jeremy Jacobs, the NHL’s chairman of the board of governors and owner of the Boston Bruins, had some candid remarks Thursday about the possibility of expansion.

Jacobs admitted the expansion process is moving forward after listening to presentations this week from Quebec and Las Vegas, two of the bidders looking to add an NHL franchise.

"There’s a lot of content there. There’s a lot of capability there, but I don’t know if there’s a desire or will within the board of the existing franchises for expansion yet," Jacobs said. "They both made pretty interesting proposals. Both have very legitimate arenas in place and organizations in place. There’s a capacity out there, but I don’t know if there’s a will from a league standpoint."

Jacobs said he feels good about the current status of the 30-team league, and that there was no preconceived notion about expanding to 32.

"I think it’s more important -- what is the best thing for the league as a whole, and what’s the best thing for Boston," he said. "Right now, the 30 teams are pretty good for all of us; talking where we stand today, I feel good about where we are."

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Primis's avatar

Jacobs is one of the last people I’d expect to be talking down free money.

Makes you wonder what we don’t know.  Is… is he angling to see if he can get them to pay up even more for franchises?

Posted by Primis on 10/01/15 at 08:56 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The league better cough up the fees they charged if they pull an about face now.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/02/15 at 12:55 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Jeremy Jacobs would have been better off saying nothing.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/02/15 at 06:13 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I have a hard time believing Jacobs.
If anything, he’s probably trying to raise the expansion fee’s.

I highly doubt the owners are willing to turn down $1B in revenue that will not be shared with the players.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/02/15 at 07:50 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/02/15 at 08:50 AM ET

Yeah, I agree.

Jeremy Jacobs doesn’t have anything to gain by acting giddy at the thought of expanding or by discussing how much he could make because expansion fees aren’t finalized yet and anything he says means the NHL is bargaining against itself in future talks.

Maybe not sounding outright cold to the idea is a bit of a better play, but the thing standing between not expanding and the will to expand is money. Jacobs is saying there needs to be more of it. Nothing more.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/02/15 at 08:07 AM ET

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