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Testing a Judge's resolve: The case of the 'waiting chair'….a precedent in the making

For the bullet summary, please go here. To contact your MP regarding the Veto issue, please go here.

How many cases do we have for ownership of the Coyotes? Three? You’d better think again.

There are actually four ownership cases being worked on.

One from PSE. Another from the NHL. And, let’s not forget Ice Edge.

And the most important case; that of Judge Baum.

What?

Yes, the case of Judge Baum. The case that has been in the works since the NHL decided to raise his legal eyebrow, and decided to use him as a stepping stone. The case that won’t be intimidated by any amount of head nodding or shaking of Commissioner Bettman. Or, any other high priced lawyer the NHL can throw at the front of the court. The case the NHL has presented is tainted, and Judge Baum has now officially thrown his own hat into the ring.

TSN would call that the ‘turning point’. The point when the legal scales tipped in favor of Jim Balsillie and PSE, away from, well, let’s call them the group that the NHL has brought in, because, come on people, we all know there has been a parade of ideas presented to the court to  fool this court, and sorry Ice Edge, you are one of them. Vilified or not vilified, you are in questionable company at a questionable time.

As far as credibility goes the City of Glendale zero, Ice Edge, pretty close to same, and NHL, don’t even bother. I don’t know, can you go into the negatives?

I make a pretty bold statement, but, hey, isn’t that what I have done from the outset? Some things cannot be explained, except to say that sometimes, hunches (some call it something else depending on who you are)  combined with lots of facts, paint a true picture. Let’s leave it at that, and move on here.

Remember Judge Baum saying, ‘have a chair ready for Jim Balsillie if he decides he’d like to attend’. I cannot recall which ruling this was at this stage but the metaphor of the waiting chair, urged by the judge, sticks in my mind. ‘Have that chair waiting fellas. Make him feel welcome, won’t you?’

Let’s start by considering the differences between Balsillie and the NHL.

Let’s start with the NHL.

From the outset, the NHL argument was one of league stability. It was suggested that you must maintain control as a league, because according to Gary Bettman, the ‘bankers’ who build the arenas will not build them if you are ready to pack up and go away. Now, who these ‘bankers are is very interesting. And said many times, it’s them isn’t it? But the question still remains, who is ‘them’?   And, we also believe that had we known who the bankers were (that is, who holds the Jobing.com bonds?), then it might help tie the collusion issue together with the notion that Jerry Moyes was victim of a squeeze play.  The article on the squeeze play is pivotal, as it raised the ire of the ‘friends of Glendale, as evidenced by a very quick visit to this site by all three interested parties – a land developer, the NHL, and the City of Glendale in short order. Yep, it struck a nerve all right! Jerry Moyes and what they did to him became crystal clear. The jig was up, and it was just a question on following through to see what would happen next.

The NHL also argued the fans would  be hurt. While we found it difficult to believe the Commissioner was truly concerned for the fans, that is all we had. We expected his argument and that of the league to stay consistent. We all know it didn’t.

The NHL pulled Jerry Reinsdorf out of the hat to become the ‘white knight’ of Glendale. It was too late.

We had already found the connection of the City of Glendale and the Reinsdorf family, namely Michael Reinsdorf from an innocent little visit to the site from Vieste, LLC, the partnering firm to Michael Reinsdorf’s, International Facilities Group (IFG). That triggered the bigger hunt.

It set the stage for a full blown investigation into the connections of Michael Reinsdorf and IFG to the City of Glendale.

Notes were taken as to IFG’s involvement with the construction of the Jobing.com arena, and other interests and favour it held with the City of Glendale. Conveniently and not surprising, the IFG website that housed these notes has since been revamped, and some of the information extracted is harder if not impossible to locate.

But, there was enough evidence to suggest the Reinsdorf family had an unfair advantage, and others were getting suspicious as well, including the U.S. bankruptcy trustee.

As a result, questions were raised as to unfair advantage in the bidding process, and the favor of the lease negotiations with the City of Glendale came into play. Jerry Moyes accused Jerry Reinsdorf and the City of Glendale and others as colluding, but this was met with objection from the Reinsdorf group.

It was to no avail. The jig was up before it was started. The Reinsdorf Group saw the writing on the wall. Their family advantage with the City of Glendale called, they at first hinted to the court they were not going to waste time and money on this, and they folded their bid shortly thereafter.

Probably interested more in damage control than anything at this point, we still can not count the Reinsdorf family out, as the NHL bid has a one year out clause, and promise to sell the team to whomever they please outside of court. Rumour has it Reinsdorf is waiting in the wings, ready to move the team to another NHL approved center.

So, here we have it. Lots have gone on with the NHL in this case. They have now filed their own bid in competition with the only other so called stay home bid of Ice Edge.

This would either show a lack of confidence in Ice Edge and their chances, or be a bigger reflection on the hidden agenda that really is not hidden at all. That is, that the NHL plans were to relocate this franchise, within five years (the Reinsdorf bid), or within one year (the NHL bid). Ice Edge, who we believe was brought in to quell the U.S. bankruptcy trustee’s worry of collusion and unfair bidding, stands to gain favour with other land and tax opportunities with the City of Glendale, MSD Capital and others.  No, they have lots more to gain from the relationships with the big boys, including the ever convenient owner of Beacon Sports (Alan Leventhal) , brought in to ‘assess’ Jobing.com arena by Michael Reinsdorf.

Hockey is not necessarily what they  (Ice Edge/Research Edge) are in this game for. The advertising and the show doesn’t hurt. Again, the NHL coming in to compete against them only helps support the ‘not a chance’ argument that they can accomplish what Reinsdorf could not – any conceivable concessions with Glendale.

More important than the facts of the NHL’s involvment and lack of consistency in argument is the arrogance to the court of Judge Baum.

The NHL has threatened appeal. They have turned a previously approved owner into a character issue, and are using this to make any question as to why the Board of Governors voted against him conveniently ‘unassailable’. The big word used by the big attorney Goldfein in support of his expertise in antitrust actions.

Is judge Baum buying it? Not a chance.

No, the judge sees these tactics for what they are.

Baum was quick to point out to the NHL that PSE has the NHL Constitution, as a hint to say, ‘who are you trying to kid here?’

He wants to get a hold of the depositions in full to scope them for all they are worth. The other trees killed in other filings are quickly becoming unimportant. What’s at the heart of this case now, is how can a judge get enough probable cause to call the NHL and it’s tactics nothing more than just that – tactics.

Is Judge Baum buying the character assasination of Jim Balsillie? Not a chance. He only needs to get enough information to back himself up in the decision that is pending.

Does Baum think the 4.3 article is subject meerly to the interpretation of a commissioner with way too much leeway? Again, not in a million years. As Baum pointed out, how come it (4.3) wasn’t removed?

The depositions are going to be scoped all right. A case is being built. The case of Judge Baum. The case for a precedent.

In court, Baum had said to the attorneys that the NHL will call for an immediate stay. What was he getting at?

He wanted to know if the PSE group was ready for what was coming. He also wanted to ensure that the man sitting in the courtroom that didn’t take his jacket off, the man who didn’t go for lunch, the man who stands to gain this hockey franchise was truly committed. The man, Mr. Jim Balsille.

The man at the bench has to know that the only consistent party to this bankruptcy, the man with true character will back him up and not make his decision a farce. Is that man committed? We know the answer.

Is the judge becoming committed to doing his part to make a ruling that may define sport? That is becoming more quickly apparent as time goes on, and the proceedings paint that picture.

It’s all systems go.

Judge Baum is building the case where an appeal will be unlikely to succeed. An airtight argument. For Jim Balsillie. For Jerry Moyes and his right to walk away with something. For justice.

The fourth case in this court is the most important, and the most compelling.

A fellow old schooler let’s not forget. He doesn’t want to see another taken advantage of.

So NHL, it’s time to get that chair ready.

Testing a Judge’s resolve: The case of the ‘waiting chair’….a precedent in the making

For the bullet summary, please go here. To contact your MP regarding the Veto issue, please go here.

How many cases do we have for ownership of the Coyotes? Three? You’d better think again.

There are actually four ownership cases being worked on.

One from PSE. Another from the NHL. And, let’s not forget Ice Edge.

And the most important case; that of Judge Baum.

What?

Yes, the case of Judge Baum. The case that has been in the works since the NHL decided to raise his legal eyebrow, and decided to use him as a stepping stone. The case that won’t be intimidated by any amount of head nodding or shaking of Commissioner Bettman. Or, any other high priced lawyer the NHL can throw at the front of the court. The case the NHL has presented is tainted, and Judge Baum has now officially thrown his own hat into the ring.

TSN would call that the ‘turning point’. The point when the legal scales tipped in favor of Jim Balsillie and PSE, away from, well, let’s call them the group that the NHL has brought in, because, come on people, we all know there has been a parade of ideas presented to the court to  fool this court, and sorry Ice Edge, you are one of them. Vilified or not vilified, you are in questionable company at a questionable time.

As far as credibility goes the City of Glendale zero, Ice Edge, pretty close to same, and NHL, don’t even bother. I don’t know, can you go into the negatives?

I make a pretty bold statement, but, hey, isn’t that what I have done from the outset? Some things cannot be explained, except to say that sometimes, hunches (some call it something else depending on who you are)  combined with lots of facts, paint a true picture. Let’s leave it at that, and move on here.

Remember Judge Baum saying, ‘have a chair ready for Jim Balsillie if he decides he’d like to attend’. I cannot recall which ruling this was at this stage but the metaphor of the waiting chair, urged by the judge, sticks in my mind. ‘Have that chair waiting fellas. Make him feel welcome, won’t you?’

Let’s start by considering the differences between Balsillie and the NHL.

Let’s start with the NHL.

From the outset, the NHL argument was one of league stability. It was suggested that you must maintain control as a league, because according to Gary Bettman, the ‘bankers’ who build the arenas will not build them if you are ready to pack up and go away. Now, who these ‘bankers are is very interesting. And said many times, it’s them isn’t it? But the question still remains, who is ‘them’?   And, we also believe that had we known who the bankers were (that is, who holds the Jobing.com bonds?), then it might help tie the collusion issue together with the notion that Jerry Moyes was victim of a squeeze play.  The article on the squeeze play is pivotal, as it raised the ire of the ‘friends of Glendale, as evidenced by a very quick visit to this site by all three interested parties – a land developer, the NHL, and the City of Glendale in short order. Yep, it struck a nerve all right! Jerry Moyes and what they did to him became crystal clear. The jig was up, and it was just a question on following through to see what would happen next.

The NHL also argued the fans would  be hurt. While we found it difficult to believe the Commissioner was truly concerned for the fans, that is all we had. We expected his argument and that of the league to stay consistent. We all know it didn’t.

The NHL pulled Jerry Reinsdorf out of the hat to become the ‘white knight’ of Glendale. It was too late.

We had already found the connection of the City of Glendale and the Reinsdorf family, namely Michael Reinsdorf from an innocent little visit to the site from Vieste, LLC, the partnering firm to Michael Reinsdorf’s, International Facilities Group (IFG). That triggered the bigger hunt.

It set the stage for a full blown investigation into the connections of Michael Reinsdorf and IFG to the City of Glendale.

Notes were taken as to IFG’s involvement with the construction of the Jobing.com arena, and other interests and favour it held with the City of Glendale. Conveniently and not surprising, the IFG website that housed these notes has since been revamped, and some of the information extracted is harder if not impossible to locate.

But, there was enough evidence to suggest the Reinsdorf family had an unfair advantage, and others were getting suspicious as well, including the U.S. bankruptcy trustee.

As a result, questions were raised as to unfair advantage in the bidding process, and the favor of the lease negotiations with the City of Glendale came into play. Jerry Moyes accused Jerry Reinsdorf and the City of Glendale and others as colluding, but this was met with objection from the Reinsdorf group.

It was to no avail. The jig was up before it was started. The Reinsdorf Group saw the writing on the wall. Their family advantage with the City of Glendale called, they at first hinted to the court they were not going to waste time and money on this, and they folded their bid shortly thereafter.

Probably interested more in damage control than anything at this point, we still can not count the Reinsdorf family out, as the NHL bid has a one year out clause, and promise to sell the team to whomever they please outside of court. Rumour has it Reinsdorf is waiting in the wings, ready to move the team to another NHL approved center.

So, here we have it. Lots have gone on with the NHL in this case. They have now filed their own bid in competition with the only other so called stay home bid of Ice Edge.

This would either show a lack of confidence in Ice Edge and their chances, or be a bigger reflection on the hidden agenda that really is not hidden at all. That is, that the NHL plans were to relocate this franchise, within five years (the Reinsdorf bid), or within one year (the NHL bid). Ice Edge, who we believe was brought in to quell the U.S. bankruptcy trustee’s worry of collusion and unfair bidding, stands to gain favour with other land and tax opportunities with the City of Glendale, MSD Capital and others.  No, they have lots more to gain from the relationships with the big boys, including the ever convenient owner of Beacon Sports (Alan Leventhal) , brought in to ‘assess’ Jobing.com arena by Michael Reinsdorf.

Hockey is not necessarily what they  (Ice Edge/Research Edge) are in this game for. The advertising and the show doesn’t hurt. Again, the NHL coming in to compete against them only helps support the ‘not a chance’ argument that they can accomplish what Reinsdorf could not – any conceivable concessions with Glendale.

More important than the facts of the NHL’s involvment and lack of consistency in argument is the arrogance to the court of Judge Baum.

The NHL has threatened appeal. They have turned a previously approved owner into a character issue, and are using this to make any question as to why the Board of Governors voted against him conveniently ‘unassailable’. The big word used by the big attorney Goldfein in support of his expertise in antitrust actions.

Is judge Baum buying it? Not a chance.

No, the judge sees these tactics for what they are.

Baum was quick to point out to the NHL that PSE has the NHL Constitution, as a hint to say, ‘who are you trying to kid here?’

He wants to get a hold of the depositions in full to scope them for all they are worth. The other trees killed in other filings are quickly becoming unimportant. What’s at the heart of this case now, is how can a judge get enough probable cause to call the NHL and it’s tactics nothing more than just that – tactics.

Is Judge Baum buying the character assasination of Jim Balsillie? Not a chance. He only needs to get enough information to back himself up in the decision that is pending.

Does Baum think the 4.3 article is subject meerly to the interpretation of a commissioner with way too much leeway? Again, not in a million years. As Baum pointed out, how come it (4.3) wasn’t removed?

The depositions are going to be scoped all right. A case is being built. The case of Judge Baum. The case for a precedent.

In court, Baum had said to the attorneys that the NHL will call for an immediate stay. What was he getting at?

He wanted to know if the PSE group was ready for what was coming. He also wanted to ensure that the man sitting in the courtroom that didn’t take his jacket off, the man who didn’t go for lunch, the man who stands to gain this hockey franchise was truly committed. The man, Mr. Jim Balsille.

The man at the bench has to know that the only consistent party to this bankruptcy, the man with true character will back him up and not make his decision a farce. Is that man committed? We know the answer.

Is the judge becoming committed to doing his part to make a ruling that may define sport? That is becoming more quickly apparent as time goes on, and the proceedings paint that picture.

It’s all systems go.

Judge Baum is building the case where an appeal will be unlikely to succeed. An airtight argument. For Jim Balsillie. For Jerry Moyes and his right to walk away with something. For justice.

The fourth case in this court is the most important, and the most compelling.

A fellow old schooler let’s not forget. He doesn’t want to see another taken advantage of.

So NHL, it’s time to get that chair ready.

Stopping the unstoppable fight!

For the bullet summary, please go here. To contact your MP regarding the Veto issue, please go here.

Thanks again to the panel at the Make it Seven roundtable rant page for digging deep. Patrick Romanoski, Gregory Galante, Jay Martin, Joe Smith, Bryan Kirkham,Ken Connolly, Corey Schlueter, Aaron Mernick, Wade Tiefenbach,  Jennifer Zarull, and if I have missed anybody, don’t worry , it won’t be because I wanted to, but I will find you! Insight abounds, and is making this summary very easy indeed.

Wind them up and watch them go!

Wind them up and watch them go!

Have you ever had a chance to play the ‘Lemmings’ computer game? I remember one Christmas, they had a version on the internet with little Santa Lemmings, all decked out. You had to build certain paths that kept them safe, and if you didn’t, they didn’t have enough sense to save themselves. Set them on the wrong path, and they’d fall off the edge of a cliff, one after the other, with no ability or concern for trying to find a solution on their own.

To me, the National Hockey League, it’s executive, and employees responsible for trying to stop Jim Balsillie, are acting like those Lemmings. No matter what happens, they continue on the path over the virtual cliff, with no apparent consideration for the ridiculouslness of their own actions. With no apparent concern for the ramifications or long term consequences of what lies ahead.

And, with the changing of the guard in the NHLPA, the writing is becoming even more quickly apparent. There is a mutiny on the bounty in the works.

Can we figure the Lemmings will figure that out? Or, are they headed for the cliff with the same speed as ever?

Part of the problem with the NHL head office, is the arrogant attitude that self policing has earned them. They like to not be told what to do, and they intend on keeping it that way.

Well again, the people ‘they’ serve, the players and the fans are starting to voice an undying opinion that ‘we aren’t going to take it anymore’.

There is a mutiny in the works. Can anybody see it?

Let’s begin with material readily available for fan and player consumption. The depositions of Bill Daly, Gary Bettman, and Craig Leipold.

To start, Mr. Daly…

In deposition, Bill Daly had made a very confident statement  regarding his comments made on May 7th, 2009:

Daly: "We don't usually like to pick fights, but we end them."

Daly: "We don't usually like to pick fights, but we end them."

Reiterated comment from Daly of May 7th :

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

Question from counsel: “Did you make that statement?”

Daly: “Yes, I did.”

And, another quote that Bill Daly had made:

“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.”

Now, the obvious question to Mr. Daly is, ‘how would you propose to end this fight?’

Let us guess.

You would, as league officials do ANYTHING necessary to end this fight?

After all, Jim Balsillie has decided how he is going to enter the National Hockey League, and Mr. Daly is of obvious opinion that Mr. Balsillie does not have the right to exercise his rights to use legal processes to do just that.

Would that be accurate?

It might even give league officials enough willpower to decide to structure ‘an attack’ to counter this man who does not listen to the league and it’s rules.

Would there be motive to alter and withhold information to suit the needs of a league desperate to stop a man with strong will?

The deposition of Bill Daly continued…..

Q from counsel: “Mr. Daly, are you familiar or did you see the various Kroll Reports that were prepared on Mr. Balsillie?”

Daly: “I’m familiar with them.”

Q: “Have you seen them?”

Daly: “I’ve seen them physically, but I can’t tell you – other than potentially skimming them, I didn’t read them in any great detail.”

Q: “Do you know why there are different versions of the report prepared, one on June 15th, which was of James Balsillie and Heidi Balsillie, and then one on July 23rd, which is just of James Balsillie, and yet another on of July 21st, which was a separate memorandum to Mr. Zimmerman? Do you have understanding of why there are different versions floating around?”

Daly: “No”

Q: “Were you involved in any discussions about taking materials in the Kroll Report out or including some materials in the Kroll Report?”

Daly: “No”

Q: “Do you know why the Kroll Reports were not given to the executive committee or to the Board of Governors before making their decision?”

The document cuts off before we get Mr. Daly’s answer. How appropriate that mishap is. What do you suppose his answer was? Tough one?

Anyhow, May 7th and already directing a bias toward the Board of Governors. Perhaps enough of a bias to ensure the Board members are not given a clear, unbiased amount of information to make a good decision on Mr. Balsillie?

I think Mr. Daly had better take a very important fact into consideration. It isn’t his hide on the line should the Board members be held accountable as directors and league authorities. It is the directors. Nice to be making decisions for them, if that is the case.

On to Mr. Bettman……

In his deposition, Gary Bettman starts to wash his hands. This should be a huge red flag to the Board of Governors, and I will explain more as we go along.

As an employee of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman reports to the Board of Governors. The problem with any leader reporting to the Board, is the fact that Board Members tend to take the direction of the leader (commissioner in this case), and don’t necessarily ensure they understand all the liability and problems that they, not the commissioner is going to be held accountable for.

So, for Gary Bettman to advise the court what comes next is a key warning to those Board members that you had better obtain good counsel of your own, or it’s their  (Board members) collective and individual hides on the line.

On to the point.

In the deposition, Gary Bettman discussed article 4:

Q: “Is it correct that any ammendment of article 4 has to be evidenced by an instrument in writing signed by all members of the league?”

Bettman: "I have on repeated occasions advised the Board that there's an aspect of article 4 of the constitution which is unenforceable and will not be applied."

Bettman: "I have on repeated occasions advised the Board that there's an aspect of article 4 of the constitution which is unenforceable and will not be applied."

Bettman: “Not necessarily”

Q: “Not necessarily. And why would that be?”

Bettman: “Well, there are a couple of reasons. One, when you’re referring to article 4 of the constitution, it needs to be reconciled with bylaw 36; and secondly, I have on repeated occasions advised the Board that there’s an aspect of article 4 of the consitution which is unenforceable and will not be applied.

 Is Gary Bettman saying his only obligation is to advise the perhaps stubborn Board members that there are aspects of the constitution that are unenforceable? Is this a ‘washing of his hands’ and responsibility? Would Gary Bettman be better advised to inform the Board that in the current form the constitution is flawed and creates a great potential liability to the members of the Board?

Gary Bettman was under oath. He likely knew there were questions and a line of questioning that would implicate him responsible. What does he choose to do? He washes his hands and defers responsibility to the Board he serves. Board of Directors, this is your wake up call.

It continued….

When asked if he as commissioner had the right to interpret the league rules and establish policies regarding the constitution and bylaws, and that he (Commissioner) had the right to change provisions of the constitution by his (Bettman’s) interpretation, Bettman said:

“If they need to be reconciled either with other documents, resolutions and applicable law, yes.”

I wonder if that law would include the Competition Act of Canada?

So, is Gary Bettman saying he as commissioner has the right to change aspects of the constitution as required by applicable law, in this case the Competition Act of Canada? I would think so.

Regarding article 4.3, the counsel asked a specific question:

“I’m asking you a very narrow question. Has there ever been a written ammendment to that provision of the constitution signed by all members of the league?”

Bettman: “I don’t believe so, but that shouldn’t matter because I’ve advised the board-”

Bettman: “- on repeated occasions that we are not enforcing that provision, and there hasn’t been any objection to that, and in fact, the competition bureau in Canada has affirmed our policy and practice in that regard.”

“There hasn’t been an objection to that”? What about the letter from the Toronto Maple Leafs hand delivered to the office of the National Hockey league in 2006? Was this part of the information given to the Competition Bureau in Canada? Somehow, I think not.

So, Mr. Bettman in 2009 states that there was no objection, but clearly the Toronto Maple Leafs did object.

As pointed out by Patrick Romanoski, methinks we have a problem here. Would this be lying under oath?

Would this include withholding material evidence from the Competition Board of Canada?

I think we leave it for now on those valid issues. We will continue next time with more Gary Bettman deposition analysis, and for Craig Leipold.

The NHLPA got a fresh leader, eh?

Hmmmm……

Well, I must make a final comment to Mr. Bill Daly. Bill, you as a league know how to end a fight?

I don’t think you will be able to ‘end’ this one.

Hey, it’s snowing in Glendale, AZ!

Every once in a while I get a little soft, and write something that is sappy and boring. Then I think of the injustices suffered in this case. Then, I put those sappy articles back in mothballs and get back to business.

Before I begin, I want to make a personal salute to a ranter on Makeitseven.ca.  His name is Patrick Romanoski, and he has to be one of the most persistent diggers of information that I have ever witnessed. He is a wealth of information and wisdom. Patrick, thank you. And, there are several more contributors that I want to mention. Perhaps we can do this over the next while.

For the bullet summary, please go here.

Is it over yet?

No?

OK, where are we now?

We are at the part where the NHL grovels so low that they what? They put their own bid in? No way! Get out! Really?

They say real life is stranger than anything we could possibly think up ourselves. Real life is stranger than fiction.

Did anyone think this case could get any more bizarre than it has? Is it close to over? Is it going to get any stranger?

Let’s think of the fans in Phoenix right now.

They must be suffering some kind of disbelief of what has happened.

At first, the NHL looked like their best friends. What must have been part of their thinking? How about this:

 Isn’t Gary wonderful. Go Gary Go! Save the Coyotes! Game On Arizona!

Look, Gary sent us a memo to our rally! He supports the franchise, and says he sees us surviving long into the future.

Hey, did you hear? Jerry Reinsdorf is coming in with a bid, and the NHL supports Reinsdorf. He’s good. He’s got lots of experience and he knows how to make teams succesful. Jerry will be our white knight! Yeah Jerry!

Boy, that Jerry Moyes. He sure ran this team into the ground with poor management. That was it. Just poor management. The other Jerry will show Moyes how it’s done. What? He wants to get $104 million out of the team when he sells? Forget it! He doesn’t deserve it. Go Reinsdorf go! We’re with you! Save the Coyotes!

That was likely pretty close to the thinking of the Phoenix Coyotes fans at the outset of this case.

The NHL had found the white knight.

Now, the white knight is gone. He bowed out under what is described as a negative publicity campaign:

“We have faced an organized publicity effort designed to provide negative and misleading information to interested parties,” it said. “Not only has this stymied negotiations, but it has eroded local market demand for Coyotes tickets, luxury boxes, and sponsorships.”

Okay? Where is the negative publicity effort exactly? Did anyone see a negative PR campaign? Anybody?

I’d like to know how exactly the Balsillie group did this, and where it was from. How did they do it exactly?

Would this be about the collusion accusations from Moyes? Is that it? If so, those were justified accusations.

When it is claimed they had made great inroads in negotiations, would that have included the $23 million in annual concessions requested from a city already laying off staff to suck up the $14 million deficit? Is that it?

I’m sorry, but I do not see any favors to anybody in the negotiations. And the negative publicity? Don’t confuse that with any uncovering of truth that was presented. Don’t bother. Please.

As for the NHL’s promises to the fans of the Phoenix Coyotes.

I feel sorry for the fans in Phoenix because, let’s be real as Dr. Phil, you were fed a lot of snow.

The proof is in the realities that are now apparent.

Fact: Jerry Reinsdorf had incredibly high concession demands, and the city of Glendale would be on the hook for any team financial failures. Not a lot of risk there for anyone but the taxpayers of Glendale.

Fact: The Reinsdorf offer had a five year out clause despite the taxpayers liability. No amount of confidence or risk.

Fact: The NHL’s bid is even less supportive with a one season out clause.

So much for Bill Daly’s press conference where he claimed this in early July:

Daly stressed the new terms would not allow the Coyotes to break the lease in a year or two and move elsewhere.

The NHL must fight for the bankrupt Coyotes to stay in Glendale long-term, he said, to send a message to other cities that have spent money attracting or retaining hockey teams.

 Yeah Bill! Go NHL go!

Sorry Phoenix, that was a snowjob!

This week, the NHL has filed it’s own offer with the bowing out of Reinsdorf, and the out clause as you know, is one season. No long term. Not even two years.

What happened to the ‘message’ the NHL wants to send? That was so last month, eh Bill?

This is late August and things are now a lot different. It’s snowing in August in Arizona.’Snow job’ that is.

Well, at the end of the day the NHL has to get it’s act together and get organized. 

 

 

To that end, we thought we’d throw in this pic of the boys trying out the his and his Blackberries. Do you think they were compliments of RIM?

No way! Gary and Bill BBM'ing each other? Get out!

No way! Gary and Bill BBM'ing each other? Get out!

 

 

Anyhow, back to the issues…

What really bothers me is no matter how much exposure of the NHL’s shortcomings are made known, they continue to point the finger at others.

The NHL also cited ongoing harm to the franchise as the bankruptcy proceeding drags on.

“The bankruptcy petition and subsequent events have been incredibly damaging to the club’s business,” Daly said, “and the sooner the club can be extricated from the bankruptcy process, the sooner club personnel can begin to restore the team’s vitality and local fan base.”

Oh, Daly said ‘vitality’ not ‘viability’. OK, I can live with that. In July he said ‘viability’. I get it. Well, at least he is not saying long term viability anymore, especially with the huge lack of confidence the league has shown with that whole one year and out idea in their bid.

How did I get so off track? Well, this case has become a farce. Let’s call it. It’s officially a farce. A sick as all get out joke. A joke that is far from funny, really.

I actually feel sorry for mainstream media. They have to report the facts and the events as they occur.

“OK, now we have the NHL in, and Reinsdorf out, and Ice Edge also filed their bid, and yada, yada, yada”.

Come on! We all know they want to grab a blog and say “what the _____.”

We all want to say, come on!

But, let’s get back to reality for a moment. I will finish with this summary and opinion.

The Coyotes were never just about hockey. The city of Glendale colluded to get rid of Moyes, and they were assisted by certain parties in Glendale and this case, and they were helped also by the NHL. No doubt.

Jerry Moyes was stripped of his money and spat out like a used piece of gum.

The NHL has snowed the fans of Phoenix with a false sense of loyalty, and only now do the true colors of the NHL become obvious.

The NHL and the Reinsdorf group were looking to relocate this team either now, or within five years to another centre that fits the plan of the NHL.

The NHL has painted Jim Balsillie any way they can to avoid him putting a team in southern ontario because of the MLSE objection, and also because they would not get an expansion fee.

The NHL is looking really bad, and really dishonest. Who can trust the heads of this league anymore?

The NHL has shunned the fans of Canada, and is quickly shunning the fans of Phoenix.

Jim Balsillie has a brighter future in the NHL than Gary Bettman, and let’s see who is around in 10 years.

Jim Balsillie, despite being voted against, has been approached by other struggling franchises, and is the true white knight to help the destitute owners.

And, because I can, I have this to add. I hope Jerry Moyes gets his $104 million, and Jim Balsillie gets to move the franchise to Hamilton. I hope Jerry Moyes becomes an honorary lifetime member of the new team. It took great courage to bring this team in to court for the ride we are experiencing.

I hope those involved in hanging Moyes out to dry pay the piper.

I hope the league gets torn to the ground and is rebuilt with true, caring hockey people.

I hope we all learn that it is not OK to treat another human being with utter disrespect.

I hope one day some grown men will grow up and be able to take responsibility for their actions, and admit when they were wrong.

I hope the less than ethical officials at Glendale city hall find themselves not getting re-elected for the abuse of the taxpaying voters.

I hope the rich folks involved in this case learn that money and the quest for more is not what is important in life.

But, to start, let’s get this team to Hamilton, and get Jerry Moyes some money back.

It’s been snowing in Glendale long enough.

Hey, it's snowing in Glendale, AZ!

Every once in a while I get a little soft, and write something that is sappy and boring. Then I think of the injustices suffered in this case. Then, I put those sappy articles back in mothballs and get back to business.

Before I begin, I want to make a personal salute to a ranter on Makeitseven.ca.  His name is Patrick Romanoski, and he has to be one of the most persistent diggers of information that I have ever witnessed. He is a wealth of information and wisdom. Patrick, thank you. And, there are several more contributors that I want to mention. Perhaps we can do this over the next while.

For the bullet summary, please go here.

Is it over yet?

No?

OK, where are we now?

We are at the part where the NHL grovels so low that they what? They put their own bid in? No way! Get out! Really?

They say real life is stranger than anything we could possibly think up ourselves. Real life is stranger than fiction.

Did anyone think this case could get any more bizarre than it has? Is it close to over? Is it going to get any stranger?

Let’s think of the fans in Phoenix right now.

They must be suffering some kind of disbelief of what has happened.

At first, the NHL looked like their best friends. What must have been part of their thinking? How about this:

 Isn’t Gary wonderful. Go Gary Go! Save the Coyotes! Game On Arizona!

Look, Gary sent us a memo to our rally! He supports the franchise, and says he sees us surviving long into the future.

Hey, did you hear? Jerry Reinsdorf is coming in with a bid, and the NHL supports Reinsdorf. He’s good. He’s got lots of experience and he knows how to make teams succesful. Jerry will be our white knight! Yeah Jerry!

Boy, that Jerry Moyes. He sure ran this team into the ground with poor management. That was it. Just poor management. The other Jerry will show Moyes how it’s done. What? He wants to get $104 million out of the team when he sells? Forget it! He doesn’t deserve it. Go Reinsdorf go! We’re with you! Save the Coyotes!

That was likely pretty close to the thinking of the Phoenix Coyotes fans at the outset of this case.

The NHL had found the white knight.

Now, the white knight is gone. He bowed out under what is described as a negative publicity campaign:

“We have faced an organized publicity effort designed to provide negative and misleading information to interested parties,” it said. “Not only has this stymied negotiations, but it has eroded local market demand for Coyotes tickets, luxury boxes, and sponsorships.”

Okay? Where is the negative publicity effort exactly? Did anyone see a negative PR campaign? Anybody?

I’d like to know how exactly the Balsillie group did this, and where it was from. How did they do it exactly?

Would this be about the collusion accusations from Moyes? Is that it? If so, those were justified accusations.

When it is claimed they had made great inroads in negotiations, would that have included the $23 million in annual concessions requested from a city already laying off staff to suck up the $14 million deficit? Is that it?

I’m sorry, but I do not see any favors to anybody in the negotiations. And the negative publicity? Don’t confuse that with any uncovering of truth that was presented. Don’t bother. Please.

As for the NHL’s promises to the fans of the Phoenix Coyotes.

I feel sorry for the fans in Phoenix because, let’s be real as Dr. Phil, you were fed a lot of snow.

The proof is in the realities that are now apparent.

Fact: Jerry Reinsdorf had incredibly high concession demands, and the city of Glendale would be on the hook for any team financial failures. Not a lot of risk there for anyone but the taxpayers of Glendale.

Fact: The Reinsdorf offer had a five year out clause despite the taxpayers liability. No amount of confidence or risk.

Fact: The NHL’s bid is even less supportive with a one season out clause.

So much for Bill Daly’s press conference where he claimed this in early July:

Daly stressed the new terms would not allow the Coyotes to break the lease in a year or two and move elsewhere.

The NHL must fight for the bankrupt Coyotes to stay in Glendale long-term, he said, to send a message to other cities that have spent money attracting or retaining hockey teams.

 Yeah Bill! Go NHL go!

Sorry Phoenix, that was a snowjob!

This week, the NHL has filed it’s own offer with the bowing out of Reinsdorf, and the out clause as you know, is one season. No long term. Not even two years.

What happened to the ‘message’ the NHL wants to send? That was so last month, eh Bill?

This is late August and things are now a lot different. It’s snowing in August in Arizona.’Snow job’ that is.

Well, at the end of the day the NHL has to get it’s act together and get organized. 

 

 

To that end, we thought we’d throw in this pic of the boys trying out the his and his Blackberries. Do you think they were compliments of RIM?

No way! Gary and Bill BBM'ing each other? Get out!

No way! Gary and Bill BBM'ing each other? Get out!

 

 

Anyhow, back to the issues…

What really bothers me is no matter how much exposure of the NHL’s shortcomings are made known, they continue to point the finger at others.

The NHL also cited ongoing harm to the franchise as the bankruptcy proceeding drags on.

“The bankruptcy petition and subsequent events have been incredibly damaging to the club’s business,” Daly said, “and the sooner the club can be extricated from the bankruptcy process, the sooner club personnel can begin to restore the team’s vitality and local fan base.”

Oh, Daly said ‘vitality’ not ‘viability’. OK, I can live with that. In July he said ‘viability’. I get it. Well, at least he is not saying long term viability anymore, especially with the huge lack of confidence the league has shown with that whole one year and out idea in their bid.

How did I get so off track? Well, this case has become a farce. Let’s call it. It’s officially a farce. A sick as all get out joke. A joke that is far from funny, really.

I actually feel sorry for mainstream media. They have to report the facts and the events as they occur.

“OK, now we have the NHL in, and Reinsdorf out, and Ice Edge also filed their bid, and yada, yada, yada”.

Come on! We all know they want to grab a blog and say “what the _____.”

We all want to say, come on!

But, let’s get back to reality for a moment. I will finish with this summary and opinion.

The Coyotes were never just about hockey. The city of Glendale colluded to get rid of Moyes, and they were assisted by certain parties in Glendale and this case, and they were helped also by the NHL. No doubt.

Jerry Moyes was stripped of his money and spat out like a used piece of gum.

The NHL has snowed the fans of Phoenix with a false sense of loyalty, and only now do the true colors of the NHL become obvious.

The NHL and the Reinsdorf group were looking to relocate this team either now, or within five years to another centre that fits the plan of the NHL.

The NHL has painted Jim Balsillie any way they can to avoid him putting a team in southern ontario because of the MLSE objection, and also because they would not get an expansion fee.

The NHL is looking really bad, and really dishonest. Who can trust the heads of this league anymore?

The NHL has shunned the fans of Canada, and is quickly shunning the fans of Phoenix.

Jim Balsillie has a brighter future in the NHL than Gary Bettman, and let’s see who is around in 10 years.

Jim Balsillie, despite being voted against, has been approached by other struggling franchises, and is the true white knight to help the destitute owners.

And, because I can, I have this to add. I hope Jerry Moyes gets his $104 million, and Jim Balsillie gets to move the franchise to Hamilton. I hope Jerry Moyes becomes an honorary lifetime member of the new team. It took great courage to bring this team in to court for the ride we are experiencing.

I hope those involved in hanging Moyes out to dry pay the piper.

I hope the league gets torn to the ground and is rebuilt with true, caring hockey people.

I hope we all learn that it is not OK to treat another human being with utter disrespect.

I hope one day some grown men will grow up and be able to take responsibility for their actions, and admit when they were wrong.

I hope the less than ethical officials at Glendale city hall find themselves not getting re-elected for the abuse of the taxpaying voters.

I hope the rich folks involved in this case learn that money and the quest for more is not what is important in life.

But, to start, let’s get this team to Hamilton, and get Jerry Moyes some money back.

It’s been snowing in Glendale long enough.

Mixed signals in this dragging on saga: Enough already!

For the bullet summary, please go here.

Derek King is becoming the assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies.

King may be moving from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he had lived and worked as a real estate agent, and worked in the development camp for the Phoenix Coyotes.

King was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1967.

Is Derek King’s moving a signal that there is less opportunity with the Phoenix Coyotes, and is it also a sign that real estate growth in the Phoenix area is waining?

Does this give a hope for hockey in Hamilton, as King would be a reflection of ‘the sinking Coyote ship’?

On the other hand, we have the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund buying up the shares owned by CTV Globemedia and increasing their share of MLSE to a tune of 66%. That’s two-thirds ownership. Obviously they consider the profitability of MLSE to continue to grow. With ticket prices so outrageously high for Leaf games, I guess they have a point. I suppose the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund doesn’t think Hamilton will get a team, which would have a downward pressure on usury Leaf ticket prices anytime soon.

And, we have Jim Balsillie saying enough is enough already, and showing a level of confidence that his position in bidding is strong enough to force the court to stop the stall tactics of the NHL head office. A court imposed relocation fee and decision that he is an eligible owner is fast becoming expected from his legal team, and his deadline is now September 14th.

For all of us waiting and getting tired of how long this has dragged on, we applaud the ‘put up or shut up’ attitude of Balsillie.

So, we have King jumping ship for Toronto, the Teachers buying a bigger stake in MLSE, and Jim Balsillie putting more pressure on the powers that be to put an end to this already, in a move of confidence that his bid is solid.

Who are we to believe?

Real hockey fans in Canada and the U.S.A. will attest that this farce is getting old. The NHL’s dragging of it’s heals is going to hurt the game of hockey and it’s popularity.

Does the NHL think they can continue to insult the hockey fans of Southern Ontario and not have a revolt?

We’ll see.

What do Hicks and Moyes have in common? Perhaps we should ask the NHL!

Tom Hicks, vice Chairman of the NHL

Tom Hicks, vice Chairman of the NHL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the bullet summary, please go here.

 Power! It’s a wonderful thing. How do you get it? Why not ask former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney?

Tom Hicks  is the vice-chairman of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors. He is also the owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

Tom Hicks and Jerry Reinsdorf share interest in Major League Baseball, and they also own teams. At least, Hicks still technically has a hold of the Texas Rangers.

You see, Hicks’ sports holding company, Hicks Sports Group is in default.

Where Major League Baseball will likely play by fair rules and strip ownership, the story in the NHL office is a little different.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NHL is protecting Hicks’ interest in the Stars, where the MLB isn’t:

That won’t happen for at least 180 days, however, as lenders have agreed to National Hockey League provisions that prevent immediate foreclosure. Major League Baseball’s rules for such situations are more fluid, though if Hicks Sports Group can’t satisfy lenders, the lenders can eventually force an MLB-sanctioned sale of the Rangers.

You see, when you are the Vice-Chairman of the NHL, I suppose like an American Express card, that kind of stature ‘has it’s priviledges’.

Unlike Jerry Moyes, Tom Hicks has been in trouble for months, but you don’t see the NHL handing over proxies to strip him of any control, do you? Oh contraire, quite the opposite is occuring it would seem.

And the WSJ adds just how far ‘to bat’ the NHL will go on this one for Hicks:

A spokesman for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declined to comment. Bob DuPuy, chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, also declined to comment.

Relations between the Hicks Sports Group lenders and the NHL have grown increasingly testy of late, with the NHL threatening to do all it could to block a forced sale of the Stars, according to people involved in the matter.

Will Gary Bettman spare Tom Hicks from ‘embarassment’ as he professed to do for Jerry Moyes?

It would seem there are different sets of rules depending on who you are. At least baseball doesn’t have the same bias.

Well, let’s have a look, shall we.

Remember, Jerry Reinsdorf was approved by Hicks as a good choice of owner. Would Hicks know Reinsdorf having  shared owning positions in the MLB? Probably.

Would Hicks have known Reinsdorf when they fundraised for John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Campaign?  Good chance.

And, isn’t it a coincidence that Tom Hicks is also a land developer? My word!

Yes, according to the Dallas Stars website on Hicks:

An Empty Victory: When urban planning fails to live up to expectations

An Empty Victory: When urban planning fails to live up to expectations

Hicks Holdings is a partner with Hillwood Development Company in the Victory Park project in downtown Dallas.  Hicks Holdings is a developer of a 75-acre urban town center /multi-use development on the land adjacent to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington; and of Champions Park, a 40-acre office/retail development in Frisco, Texas

And, if we look at the reasons that Dallas originally decided on the Victory Park project, check out the similarity in thinking to that of Glendale. Downright scary:

Having for a long time failed to populate its dowtown with any residents, the city made a concerted effort (i.e. gave lots of tax incentives) to refurbish and even repurpose vacant office buildings into top-of-the-line apartments and condominiums. It even subsidized a neighborhood grocery store to get residents to stay. Yet these efforts were modest compared to one of the largest new mixed-use developments just outside the central business district Victory Park. 

Well, how did Victory Park do? Probably best described by the same blogger:

Now, only a few years later, Victory Park seems to embody at the local level the wreckage of the global real-estate bust. The trendy restaurants have been shutting down one by one, the public plaza feels like a ghost town when basketball and hockey games are not taking place at the arena. Most of the shops have closed their doors and many residential units remains unsold. Another major hotel flag backed out of the project, leaving a large parcel at the center of the development undevelopped, undermining viability of the planned street blocks. The local television newscast still broadcasts from Victory, but struggles to show an outdoor shot for a constant lack of pedestrians. Despite civic groups’ efforts to stage rallies, awards ceremonies, film festivals and new year’s parties, Victory continues to fail as a favorite place to congregate.of t

Sounds a lot like the thinking of Glendale. Any coincidence that sports ownership and land development goes hand in hand in places outside of Glendale?

Any coincindence that there could be strong support by the vice-Chairman of the NHL to a man like Jerry Reinsdorf, with likely relationship formed over several years?

What chance would a man like Jim Balsillie have? Does he own an MLB team? Did he fundraise for John McCain? Is he involved in land or sports arena development?

For that matter, what chance did Jerry Moyes have? He wasn’t in the same kind of ventures some others in sports are.

Where Hicks gets six months reprieve from the NHL, Jerry Moyes got six months of takeover planning behind his back. Where Hicks gets 180 days to find more investors, Jerry Moyes got to sign proxies giving up his rights. At least, that’s what Gary Bettman thought.

But, don’t feel sorry for Hicks. He is looking to make an acquisition in the $billions for a packaging company. It would seem he has decided to stop flooding his wealth into the hockey and baseball teams to bail them out, and didn’t pay his $10 million payment.

When you have lots of wealth and power, you can pick and choose, and make some people wait.

And, it would appear Gary Bettman wants to continue to be accomodating to Hicks, because after all, Hicks could likely have pull enough to control the fate of Bettman in the NHL office . No wonder Mr. B is so helpful and supportive.

Ah, power! Ain’t it grande?

So, when we ask ourselves if the vote for Reinsdorf and the overwhelming denial of Jim Balsillie was fair, we only need to look at the relationships and the associated ‘treatment’ a friend gets, and the poor treatment one not as connected receives.

How are things in the back pocket of Mr.Hicks, Gary?

Fair for Moyes or Balsillie? Please!

 

he global real-estate bust. The trendy restaurants have been shutting down one by one, the public plaza when basketball and hockey games are not taking place at the arena. Most of the shops have closed their doors and many residential units remains unsold. Another major hotel flag backed out of the project, leaving a large parcel at the center of the development undevelopped, undermining viability of the planned street blocks. The local television newscast still broadcasts from Victory, but struggles to show an outdoor shot for a constant lack of pedestrians. Despite civic groups’ efforts to stage rallies, awards ceremonies, film festivals and new year’s parties, Victory continues to fail as a favorite place to congregate.

 oOn a Saturday in January, a little after midnight, there are only a few people milling about Perot’s district. Most of them are headed to the Ghostbar, one of the few places that hasn’t shut down for the night. At the AT&T Plaza, the heart of Victory Park that fronts the southern edge of AAC, two mammoth super screens blare a series of artsy images to a crowd of, well, no one.  Billed as “one of the largest outdoor digital mediums in the world,” the screens were supposed to be a landmark attraction in the glamorous development. Now they just seem a once-coveted Christmas gift tossed awkwardly aside.ry Pa The brainchild of Ross Perot Jr. (the son of the former presidential candidate), Victory was advertised as the the premier masterplanned urban community, designed for the on-the-go single professional who desired place to live, work, shop and play. Anchored by a state-of-the-art basketball arena and a luxury condo-hotel, Victory was going to be a district defined by high-rise apartments, fashionable street retail, trendy restaurants, and a public plaza surrounded by gigantic and moving digital projections. Apparently, what Dallas needed was an instant Times Square, complete with a glassed-in television studio at the corner to highlight the crowded pedestrian-filled sidewalks that are common in the city (…uh huh). After an early flirtation with a low-rise, historicist architectural theme, it was decided for this district to appear distincitively contemporary, with multiple glass skyscrapers of at least 25 stories, bamboo landscaping and reflecting pools with clean edges.
Victory Par

The brainchild of Ross Perot Jr. (the son of the former presidential candidate), Victory was advertised as the the premier masterplanned urban community, designed for the on-the-go single professional who desired place to live, work, shop and play. Anchored by a state-of-the-art basketball arena and a luxury condo-hotel, Victory was going to be a district defined by high-rise apartments, fashionable street retail, trendy restaurants, and a public plaza surrounded by gigantic and moving digital projections. Apparently, what Dallas needed was an instant Times Square, complete with a glassed-in television studio at the corner to highlight the crowded pedestrian-filled sidewalks that are common in the city (…uh huh). After an early flirtation with a low-rise, historicist architectural theme, it was decided for this district to appear distincitively contemporary, with multiple glass skyscrapers of at least 25 stories, bamboo landscaping and reflecting pools with clean edges.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

‘Done Like Dinner’ gets reheated?

For the bullet summary, please go here.

There’s a new nightclub in town for friends of Glendale called, ‘Club Collusion’.

To get in you must be well connected, and be a qualified partner.

To get out, what you may not know is there is a hidden cover charge, the amount and cost that may only be determinable in civil court. At that time, you might have to testify under oath about business and other relationships that you have material to the Phoenix Coyotes’ case.

The other day I explained that I have a web statistics service on this site. It tells me where hits come from, the place, the IP address, when they came, etc.

Well, as you know, there are a lot of pages on this site, and more coming regularly. So, when I looked at today’s activity, it became very obvious something out of the ordinary was happening.

The last post examined Jerry Reinsdorf’s lawyer claiming that his client was getting tired of the roadblocks and the information that has become known, and that his client was on the verge of withdrawing his bid.

Well, as in wrestling, one might wonder if it is time to get to the ropes, and tag the partner, to come in and enter the match. This is what might be happening (or at least being considered) at this time.

You see, as you will recall we have a theory that there are friends to the City of Glendale that are all trying to ensure information on their business dealings don’t become public knowledge, and to have any ‘stranger’ enter the picture would defeat the purposes to keep things hush hush.

This would in large part explain why Jerry Reinsdorf was sought after by the friends of Glendale to take over the team. And, if son Michael has a lot to lose from the exposure of the relationships and business dealings in Glendale, what better help than to call on dear old dad? The seeking out of Jerry Reinsdorf to help out a son in need is far from coincidence. And the ‘courting of the NHL and the City of Glendale may not be the full picture. A dad helping out a son in need is likely the main reason the hesitant, 11th hour bid came in to play. At plus 70, Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t need this hassle, unless it is for good reason. A son! Good enough, right?

But, since accusations of collusion are now in play, plan A is definitely a tougher, riskier sell. Too much heat in the kitchen may just bring us to plan B, and specifically the Plan B bidders we discussed before; namely, Daryl Jones, Anthony LeBlanc, and Research/Ice Edge. Remember, the plan B bidders were assumed to quell the questioning of the U.S. bankrutcy trustee, and get her off the trail.

Research Edge  (plan B boys) told us to think outside the box, and if this included the ‘you can look but don’t touch’ idea of playing a few tantalizing games for us Canucks in Saskatoon, I’d say to them, save it! Sounds to me like an NHL idea. What an insult!

The true draw is an extension of land, investment, and taxes, just as it is for the other folks that entered the radar screen, such as Alan Leventhal (Beacon Sports, and Beacon Capital Partners (REIT’s specialist)).

Leventhal, brought in by Michael Reinsdorf a month before the bankruptcy, sent John Kaites a report on what should be done to fix the Jobing.com arena woes. Nice to do that behind the owner of the Coyotes back. Special!

Anthony LeBlanc was in court the other day, and his main goal was to be seen, but equally important was his desire to let the court know they don’t want to be ‘vilified’.

Well, as suggested, when you walk like a duck, and talk like a duck, want to hang out with other ducks, don’t think we look at you like you resemble a swan. Mr. LeBlanc, with all due respect you have a lot of explaining to do before the ‘questionable connections’ are off the table. For one, Eric Rosen and Daryl Jones, and Michael Dell (at MSD Capital).

As we all know, MSD seems to be the relationship hub. And, the other day, before the day in court, a similar pattern of web hits – MSD Capital and the City of Glendale. Too coincidental to not suggest some planning and strategy sessions are in play.

There were two articles related to why we could suspect the Research Edge group as being an extension of the ’cause’ in Glendale, specifically this one, and the last one, ‘Done Like Dinner!’

Well, this afternoon a very interesting ‘flurry from across the country’ occured within a couple of minutes of each other to the ‘Done Like Dinner’ article.

Let’s take a look. New York, Chicago, and Massachussetts. Hmmmmm. I don’t think we need a degree from Yale to figure out that connection.

So, is it time to reheat the Dinner? Is it time to pull the plan B bidders out of mothballs because the heat is too hot in the NHL kitchen?

Probably.

But, just a word to the boys at Research Edge. Remember what you think might be worth it inside the doors of Club Collusion, just remember the cover charge may be more that you are willing, or should consider worth it.

'Done Like Dinner' gets reheated?

For the bullet summary, please go here.

There’s a new nightclub in town for friends of Glendale called, ‘Club Collusion’.

To get in you must be well connected, and be a qualified partner.

To get out, what you may not know is there is a hidden cover charge, the amount and cost that may only be determinable in civil court. At that time, you might have to testify under oath about business and other relationships that you have material to the Phoenix Coyotes’ case.

The other day I explained that I have a web statistics service on this site. It tells me where hits come from, the place, the IP address, when they came, etc.

Well, as you know, there are a lot of pages on this site, and more coming regularly. So, when I looked at today’s activity, it became very obvious something out of the ordinary was happening.

The last post examined Jerry Reinsdorf’s lawyer claiming that his client was getting tired of the roadblocks and the information that has become known, and that his client was on the verge of withdrawing his bid.

Well, as in wrestling, one might wonder if it is time to get to the ropes, and tag the partner, to come in and enter the match. This is what might be happening (or at least being considered) at this time.

You see, as you will recall we have a theory that there are friends to the City of Glendale that are all trying to ensure information on their business dealings don’t become public knowledge, and to have any ‘stranger’ enter the picture would defeat the purposes to keep things hush hush.

This would in large part explain why Jerry Reinsdorf was sought after by the friends of Glendale to take over the team. And, if son Michael has a lot to lose from the exposure of the relationships and business dealings in Glendale, what better help than to call on dear old dad? The seeking out of Jerry Reinsdorf to help out a son in need is far from coincidence. And the ‘courting of the NHL and the City of Glendale may not be the full picture. A dad helping out a son in need is likely the main reason the hesitant, 11th hour bid came in to play. At plus 70, Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t need this hassle, unless it is for good reason. A son! Good enough, right?

But, since accusations of collusion are now in play, plan A is definitely a tougher, riskier sell. Too much heat in the kitchen may just bring us to plan B, and specifically the Plan B bidders we discussed before; namely, Daryl Jones, Anthony LeBlanc, and Research/Ice Edge. Remember, the plan B bidders were assumed to quell the questioning of the U.S. bankrutcy trustee, and get her off the trail.

Research Edge  (plan B boys) told us to think outside the box, and if this included the ‘you can look but don’t touch’ idea of playing a few tantalizing games for us Canucks in Saskatoon, I’d say to them, save it! Sounds to me like an NHL idea. What an insult!

The true draw is an extension of land, investment, and taxes, just as it is for the other folks that entered the radar screen, such as Alan Leventhal (Beacon Sports, and Beacon Capital Partners (REIT’s specialist)).

Leventhal, brought in by Michael Reinsdorf a month before the bankruptcy, sent John Kaites a report on what should be done to fix the Jobing.com arena woes. Nice to do that behind the owner of the Coyotes back. Special!

Anthony LeBlanc was in court the other day, and his main goal was to be seen, but equally important was his desire to let the court know they don’t want to be ‘vilified’.

Well, as suggested, when you walk like a duck, and talk like a duck, want to hang out with other ducks, don’t think we look at you like you resemble a swan. Mr. LeBlanc, with all due respect you have a lot of explaining to do before the ‘questionable connections’ are off the table. For one, Eric Rosen and Daryl Jones, and Michael Dell (at MSD Capital).

As we all know, MSD seems to be the relationship hub. And, the other day, before the day in court, a similar pattern of web hits – MSD Capital and the City of Glendale. Too coincidental to not suggest some planning and strategy sessions are in play.

There were two articles related to why we could suspect the Research Edge group as being an extension of the ’cause’ in Glendale, specifically this one, and the last one, ‘Done Like Dinner!’

Well, this afternoon a very interesting ‘flurry from across the country’ occured within a couple of minutes of each other to the ‘Done Like Dinner’ article.

Let’s take a look. New York, Chicago, and Massachussetts. Hmmmmm. I don’t think we need a degree from Yale to figure out that connection.

So, is it time to reheat the Dinner? Is it time to pull the plan B bidders out of mothballs because the heat is too hot in the NHL kitchen?

Probably.

But, just a word to the boys at Research Edge. Remember what you think might be worth it inside the doors of Club Collusion, just remember the cover charge may be more that you are willing, or should consider worth it.

Reading ‘through’ the lines. What you read in the newspapers is not even close to the real story!

 
For the bullet summary, please go here.
 
‘If you could see what I see.’
 
As many of you know, I started writing about this case more than a month ago. You also know I write out of an underlying compassion for injustices suffered.
Paramount to this case is the position that Jerry Moyes has found himself in. He put the Phoenix Coyotes in Chapter 11, much to the chagrin of Gary Bettman and the NHL, not to mention several key parties involved in this bankruptcy. Jerry Moyes’ move has opened up a world of hurt, that mainstream media has not begun to talk about, and only in a small way has touched on.

I have witnessed this case from an angle that perhaps not too many would understand. I will attempt now to explain a little more of what has happened as seen from my perspective, an angle that includes the  monitoring of ‘reaction’ to articles posted, and the key parties it has attracted. Again, in order to bring this to light and help you understand better, it is important that I share this unique perspective with you.

When you have a website or blog, there are services on the internet that can provide the website owner who has visited their site, and if there is a company name for the server, it will list the name. It will tell which page(s) were visited, and the times they were visited. It also lists the IP addresses of the computers where the visits were from. This, as you will learn, plays a key role in the research I have done, and will play a key role in the future should the authorities be interested in using this information. I will explain this in more detail as we move along.

I have had more time to ‘digest’ the court proceedings of yesterday, and have been able to conjecture, based again on a bigger understanding, the reasons for what transpired.

We can look at several key statements. And, we can then look at the strategy and potential reason(s) the statements were made.  It is also of note that several people came to court to be seen, and to be noted. Specifically,  Anthony LeBlanc and Gary Bettman. OK, let’s begin the analysis.

Statement from Jerry Reinsdorf’s attorney Abramowitz:

Abramowitz urged the court to “do anything it can” to keep Reinsdorf’s bid alive.

Analysis: It has been shown throughout the articles written on this site, that there is a strong possibility of collusion among several key individuals and companies surrounding the City of Glendale, and it’s desire to build infrastructure of the city. Jerry Reinsdorf’s son Michael is pivotal to this idea. Also involved is Michael Dell. At this point, after much comings and goings from the articles related to the suggestion of collusion, the Reinsdorf camp is ready to pull out. Jerry Moyes’ attorney’s have been applying pressure on Reinsdorf and others to build a case to support the notion of collusion. It would seem the Reinsdorf group is hiding behind the safety net of the court, and specifically the bankruptcy court to protect information vital to the case that Moyes may have to support the collusion allegations.

The bigger issue at this point is ‘appearance’, and not results. I strongly believe that the Reinsdorf group is attempting damage control. It is fairly obvious that the concessions demanded from Glendale are highly unlikely to materialize, but the perception of looking like they are following through on an attempt is the goal at this point. To further back this up, we can look at comments made by Reinsdorf’s attorney, Alan Klein.

Statement via phone to the court, from Reinsdorf Group attorney Alan Klein:

Earlier in the hearing, the Reinsdorf group’s attorney Alan Klein said by telephone that his clients were fed up with the meddling and interfering as they attempted to work out the details of their offer.

Klein indicated Reinsdorf was on the brink of withdrawing the bid.

“I don’t know how long we’re going to be in here wasting time and money,” Klein said, noting that confidential information already had been made public by Moyes’ attorneys, who said it was a mistake and have apologized.

Analysis: When you are not a straight shooter you tend to contradict yourself in the attempt to cover up truths. Specifically in this case, you have Abramowitz saying that the court is urged to keep the bid alive, and in the next breath we have Klein saying his client is not going to waste time and money, and his client is on the brink of withdrawing?  Which is it, commitment or ‘flight’? Dedication to the cause, or just going through the motions? Again, are we supposed to pull punches when there is potential for collusion, and the stripping of a man’s wealth and reputation at stake? Short answer: No!

This whole attitude serves two purposes: 1) to give an excuse to pull out, and 2) to give justification for not wanting more information to become public.

The expectation of concessions from the City of Glendale is a PUBLIC matter. There should not be anything held secret regarding negotiations or anything else related to the taxpayers and their money. What could be so secret that it would send a bid and bidder packing? To put this in comparative terms, Jim Balsillie’s cards are on the table. The money for the team. There are no secret negotiations. Anything that needs to remain so secret in a situation so entirely suspect already cannot help but raise more flags and suspicion.

A further statement from Abramowitz:

 

Outside the courtroom, Abramowitz declined to say whether the company still supported Balsillie’s offer, as well.

Balsillie’s representative Richard Rodier said Abramowitz’s announcement came as a surprise in the long, twisted bankruptcy process

Analysis: Just like the conflicting lawyer statements for the Reinsdorf group (‘court please consider this bid’, and the other, ‘we are ready to run’), the lawyer for SOF Investments pulled a turnaround that surprised everyone. Well, in order to appreciate and understand the conflicting positions and  the turnaround, it is important to look at the  ‘cover up’ thinking.

Why would SOF first say they support the Balisillie bid?

 Well, because the aspect again about being part of a collusion was the issue. If they say they do not support the Reinsdorf idea of renegotiated debt, that would get them off the hook for collusion. But, upon further thinking, and perhaps discussion with the colluding members, the next strategy would come.

 They must make it look like they are not phased by the allegations of collusion and go back to the original thinking. The reason for this upon further reflection, is if SOF is scared off at this point, then in civil action, Moyes will have a strong case against the group, and use the evidence from the bankruptcy procedings in the future civil case. So, ‘appearing’  now as unphased by the allegations of collusion, explains the turnaround from the original ‘strategy’ of supporting Balsillie to the new strategy of support for the Reinsdorf debt reworking. Ping pong best played by those scrambling to find the best way out of a terrible situation.

 The only problem is, it becomes obvious when the facts are put together. This also further ties into Reinsdorf’s  ‘ready to withdraw’ thinking. Everyone is simply looking for the best way out. The bid is just a means to an end. And since the expectations of concessions are so far out of sight, and will likely never pan out, going through the motions  is of little risk:

Heck, no wonder Jerry Reinsdorf might look at the Phoenix Coyotes — at least, if he gets the sweetheart deal from the City of Glendale that’s been reported. It includes a special tax to generate $23 million annually, plus $15 million if the Coyotes lose money.

Here’s our calculation: $38 million in taxpayers’ money from the city, $8 million to $12 million in revenue sharing from the league, and another $10 million in escrow from players. See, that’s all you need to make hockey work in Phoenix — about $60 million every single season in glorified welfare. It’s so simple.

To add further insight from my perspective into this, I will bring up again the ‘visits to the site’ information to support the validity that collusion was very likely.

If I was completely out in left field, as a blog writer from Hamilton, Ontario, how in the world would I have had such an impact on this case in Glendale, Arizona? When the article about Jerry Moyes being a victim of a squeeze play was released, it cannot be emphasized enough that it stirred the pot, and had an immediate ripple effect of going from Vieste LLC, to the NHL offices, to the City of Glendale offices, in a very short period of time, and in that order. That is when they knew the ‘jig was up’!

From that point, I have had a steady stream and pattern of visits to this site at key times. From MSD Capital and the City of Glendale just recently. The order of MSD, then the City of Glendale, further supporting the notion of ‘planning’ to answer the allegations of collusion and to change the strategy, which we have seen threw a curve at the participants.

After these recent visits, the SOF position changed to support Reinsdorf’s restructuring of debt. From the outside view, a twist, but from an overview as explained by reactions and visits to certain articles on this site, a simple change of story, and strategy to minimize a potentially damaging situation. What’s the best way to handle this, and the potential of Moyes’ taking civil action?  The new strategy we are witnessing now.

Let’s move on to Anthony LeBlanc. First, it is important to note that LeBlanc showed up in court. This was intentional strategy number one for Ice Edge.

What LeBlanc said, was even more important, and this was the key:

WhiteCoyotes BK: IceEdge’s LeBlanc says financing nailed down, near “partnership” w/Glade. Aware of perceptions: “We don’t want to be vilified.”

 

Analysis: Who exactly is ‘vilifying’ Mr. LeBlanc? If he is referring to the facts as outlined in the articles from this site, then I would suggest Mr. LeBlanc become transparent as well. This is not to be counted on however. You see, when you have things that don’t work in your favor, you use again the rules of court to get away with not having to be transparent, and admit relationships, and other things. These are saved for civil procedings.

Instead, you agree with other parties that do not want certain things to be discussed, and become known, as in this comment by LeBlanc in court:

Coyotes BK: Leblanc says he agrees w/Reinsdorf threat to walk away. Would do same if asked for more info.

Again, it was more important for LeBlanc just to be there. As far as can be remembered, the Ice Edge group is also expecting loan reworking of SOF, and negotations on concessions with the City of Glendale. Ice Edge is almost an afterthought at this time. Where is mention of SOF agreeing to the terms of the loan renegotiation with Ice Edge? Not an issue. The bigger issue is looking like business as usual.

The biggest statement LeBlanc said, was not wanting to be vilified. Translation: no, we are not guilty of collusion too. Please leave us alone.

This group is a non-entity in the grand scheme of things, at least at this point.

Finally, we move on to Gary Bettman. It is my understanding Mr. Bettman was ready to ‘testify’ to the court, and when he was advised the court was not in session for testimonies, he commented that it was ‘like Seinfeld’, ‘nothing was happening’. Well, there was a lot happening, just not anything that would appear on the surface.

The sheer fact that Mr. Bettman wanted to make a probably well rehearsed speech, is in it’s own right, a suggestion that there are accusations that need to be addressed. Hence, Mr. Bettman’s presence in court. His comment though, outside of court, suggesting Reinsdorf was thinking ‘roadblocks’ were put in the way of bidding, is absolutely correct.

You must understand, that for Jerry Moyes, his understanding of being setup, and colluded against would be considered grounds for a ‘roadblock’ or two. It would be grounds for anyone.

From Judge Baum’s perspective, I can appreciate he is trying to avoid all unnecessary powderkegs in these proceedings, as he knows there are several. But he also knows that it is ‘not his department’. There are potential civil, and criminal issues at hand here, and he is avoiding them, and rightfully so.

How do I know there are more issues at hand? Well, again, when you can see the comings and goings on the site, it should be noted that the U.S. Justice Department, and the U.S. office for Fiscal Policy have been by. There is likely more going on behind the scenes than we will ever know.

This case, and the circumstances surrounding it are far reaching, and may have consequences that are just starting to be realized now.

So, in the words of Elmer Fudd, “Wun you waskle wabbit, wun!”