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from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
Sources are telling me that Terry Pegula has won the bidding for the Buffalo Bills for about $1.1 billion.
It is a record price paid for a professional football team that does not own its stadium. The deal could be officially announced today by Morgan Stanley MS -2.12%, the banker conducting the sale for the trust of the team’s late founder, Ralph Wilson.
The owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres beat out a Toronto Group and Donald Trump.
My source says the Toronto Group, which included rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Larry Tenenbaum, chairman and 25% owner of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and the Rogers family, bid “around $1 bilion” while Trump’s bid did not top $900 million.
from Jessica Smith Cross of MetroNews,
The hockey player’s name is perhaps said more often than any other in Canada — no, it’s not Wayne Gretzky.
In all of the talk of what Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s acquisition of Tim Hortons means for Canada’s iconic brand, there’s little mention of Tim Horton, the man — a beloved Stanley Cup-winning defenceman for the 1950s and ’60s Maple Leafs, who died driving drunk near St. Catharines, Ont., in 1974.
“Horton is a ghost in the corporate machine,” said Douglas Hunter, author of a book on Miles Gilbert (Tim) Horton and another on Tim Hortons. “He has pretty much disappeared from the store that bears his name.”
Prior to his death, the coffee chain had begun to “disengage” Horton from the restaurant, said Hunter, as Horton was never comfortable as a “persona” and the company thought it was better business strategy to focus on the food. The phasing out of Horton the man continued in 1974 after the circumstances surrounding the Tim’s founder’s death mired the chain’s namesake in controversy.
On Feb. 21, 1974, Horton, who then played for the Buffalo Sabres, was heading to Buffalo for treatment after taking a puck to the jaw and stopped to meet with his partner in the doughnut shop chain, Ron Joyce, said Hunter.
At 4 a.m. Horton went off the road at high speed. Alcohol and pills were found at the scene, but at the time whether or not he was driving drunk was publicly disputed and unconfirmed.
Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Tim Horton...
from Dareh Gregorian of the New York Daily News,
An ESPN anchor has filed suit against an upstate hockey arena after a promotional appearance there went bad.
"Listen Closely" host Linda Cohn — a former goalie at SUNY Oswego — was at the Brewster Ice Arena in March to face off against the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack when she says she suffered "severe and disabling injuries" in what the team described as a "freak accident."
The accident took place off ice, when "a heavy, large coin change machine fell upon her," her Manhattan federal court suit says.
Less than 1% of my writing is about advanced statistics. But more than 30% of response to my writing happen to be about analytics. Can you say overly sensitive?
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
How about five minutes of stand-up comedy with Dennis Hull?
In this video, it is Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and a friend.
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I RT'd this earlier today, but in case you don't follow KK on Twitter...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Vic Ferrari. If you're old enough to remember the late, brilliant Andy Kaufman, you'll know the name. Vic Ferrari was one of his characters on the sitcom, Taxi (ask your parents).
This is a different Vic Ferrari, one of the cornerstone thinkers of NHL analytics. When I began learning about this wild and wacky world, the best advice given was, "Go to timeonice.com, figure out how to use it and go from there."
That's his website and a great place to start. There's no copy, but head-to-head shift charts, shot totals, breakdowns of what players took faceoffs in what zones. When first trying to differentiate the Corsis from the corners, it was an invaluable resource.
from Robert E. Kesler of Newsday,
The former owner of a Great Neck automobile dealership was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday for running a $10 million fraud that tricked customers -- including two former New York Islanders -- into believing they were getting good deals on purchases, officials said.
Rick Cohen, 51, of Syosset, was also ordered to make restitution and serve 5 years of supervised release at his sentencing in federal court in Central Islip before U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert....
Among the victims of the scheme were former Islanders hockey players Mike Comrie and Mark Streit. They could not be reached for comment Thursday....
In one scheme, Cohen falsely told customers that he would use part of the sales proceeds to pay off the loan on trade-ins, the prosecutor said.
In a second scheme, Cohen told buyers that they would get the best deal by financing a car purchase with a short-term loan. But he actually had his victims sign up for long-term car loans, pocketing the long-term loan payments as they came in. Cohen also changed the addresses on the loan papers to that of his business, so dunning notices from the financing companies never reached the customers.
Comrie was cheated when he bought a Mercedes from Cohen; Streit in the purchase of a Porsche for $60,000 and a Mercedes for $70,000, according to sources familiar with the case.
Nadel is the broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and during his speech today at the Baseball Hall of Fame, made a reference back to his calling of minor league hockey games.
You can scroll to the 2:40 mark of the video to watch that part.
from Phil Rogers of MLB.com,
Steve Carell discusses his goaltending career with Tom Green (an actual serious discussion).
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