Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/12 at 12:49 AM ET
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
As commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the NHL has the intent to create a purchase agreement with a group headed by Greg Jamison, I couldn’t help but think that the former Sharks CEO has been through this before.
When George Gund decided to sell the Sharks in2002, Jamison put together a syndicate of Silicon Valley millionaires to purchase the team, which proved to be an easy task. The team had been successful in the South Bay, both on and off the ice—sellouts and 100-point seasons were the norm.
Certainly nothing like trying to sell hockey in the suburbs of Phoenix.
But it appears that Jamison has made some strides in convincing a group of rich people that the Coyotes can fill Jobing.com Arena on a regular basis. Others have thought that as well, but none have succeeded.
At least for a night, there were smiles of cautious confidence. When I asked Jamison earlier Monday if it was going to be a big day, he responded: “Bigger than normal. Still a tentative announcement. Much work to be done.”
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