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by Paul on 05/07/09 at 11:18 PM ET
“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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