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What’s holding up the relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes? Should we occupy Jobing.com arena like they #occupywallstreet?

Is there a reason for the stall tactic of the NHL? There is a battle going on that may impact sports, but more importantly decide the future of mankind.

We’ve been on this topic for years now. Yeah, that’s right, we have formulated a theory based on observable facts presented to us over time to come to the conclusion that there is no logical reason that the Coyotes have not relocated.

The city has an arena, that’s true. They want to ensure their investment is fruitful – – yeah, okay. But so did Atlanta. I think Philips Arena is still there, and it houses two professional basketball teams. As for Glendale, they have been repeatedly told by the past owner, Beacon Sports, et al that concerts would make up for lost revenue. So, what’s the problem amigos?

And, if we are to look at Atlanta, don’t they have a minor league team, named the Gladiators, in their 9th successful season?  Again, something else that Glendale could entertain.

No, it’s that narly little mention in court many moons ago from the lawyers for the City of Glendale. Perhaps in frustration unleashing an important tidbit of info that should have us all yearning for truth. The fact that if the Coyotes left, they would have to replace that team with another hockey team. Hmmmm.

And, it would explain the merry-go-round attitude and excuses that can move one franchise at lightning speed, and one that seems entrenched so deep that it defies any logical explanation other than our far out belief that friends of the military industrial complex are also supporters of the sports industrial complex.

With the way the economy is going, the Coyotes represents a race against time.

So, Gary Bettman can appear on radio and tell us all he has strong belief the Coyotes can still make it, all the while probably wondering how he sounds when the words leave his mouth.

The sports industrial complex may have word from the military industrial complex that it might just depend on the results of the new war, the new revolution. If the globalist sports guys win, then Goldwater will be crushed, and the new global dictatorship will be able to plan where sports teams play, and much more. Now Dave Zirin brings us how taxpayers get to pay for sports, but is there a more Orwellian use for sports to keep the sheeple busy? He is bringing politics to sports too — they just seem to be intertwined, don’t they?

As Canadians have not yet felt the full impact of economic austerity we will have our turn unless we can support our neighbors around the rest of the world.  We complained to the NHL about hockey austerity, but things could get much worse!

Well, the place to start is the economic war. And, we are starting resistance to all things dictator and controlling…..

There is a movement in the US that is similar to many globally. But there is as good a chance you heard about it in mainstream media as there is a chance of being told the real truth why the Coyotes are ball and chained to Glendale.

It’s an important movement for liberty and human rights called #occupywallstreet. Heard of it?

Or how about the new movement to ensure the good people in the new revolution get the real enemy in their scope – – the US Federal Reserve. Did you hear in mainstream media any time in the last while that this is actually a private corporation? Rallies and occupations are now occuring across the US, and in Canada, we need to support this movement. Hate to state the obvious, but how the US goes, so does Canada. So, their fight is our fight.

I suggest you get informed  friends. Turn off those reality shows and tune in to real live reality of a global nature.

We are going to become friends of these guys! And, on October 15th it starts in Toronto. The live stream can be found at #OccupyToronto.

I will draw your attention in the coming months to the Canadian Friends of End the Fed, and that is coming soon. The site will be up shortly, and it is at endthefed.ca.

Changing direction from the injustice that is holding the Coyotes hostage to the global issue that is holding the people of the world hostage.

Canada, join us in our support of liberty!

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.

Time to send a ‘personal’ email to your MP on the MLSE veto issue (article 4.3 of the NHL Constitution)

For the bullet summary, please go here.

 We will be posting comments from MP’s of Canada related to Canadian rights, and the Competition Act

It's time to support Canadian Hockey once again!

It's time to support Canadian Hockey once again!

 

 

This is what our elected officials ‘live for’…..

 To serve the people. Give your local MP a chance to stand up for your voice in Parliament!

We had discussed the idea of using a form letter, but a personally worded letter stating how you feel is always more effective. MP’s will be comparing notes.

Thanks to Corey Schlueter and Bryan Kirkham for their efforts to bring us this information!

  

 

 

 

 Canada

 Click Here to see the list of MP’s to find yours!

Key points to include in your email:

  • Veto rights that Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE  ‘think’ they have
  • Competition Act and the new issue included to stop the ‘Conspiracy to avoid Competition’, and to fix prices and supply
  • Mention Jim Balsillie and his group, PSE
  • Mention Sheila Copps and her current support and drive to get answers in Parliament
  • Urge your constituent to speak to the press and encourage them to set up press conferences to address this issue
  • Thank your representative for their support
  • Ask them to get back to you personally with a progress report
  • Ask them to brush up on the case by visiting http://haveavoice.makeitseven.ca/rants, and http://makeiteighteh.com, and other mainstream media and blogs.

Alternatively, use one of the emails already sent in the comments below, and change the contents to suit you.

It’s time to help our ‘Braveheart’, Jim Balsillie, and stand united for hockey rights in Canada.

Please make comments in this post below, when you send, and any information you get back! Post your letter if you choose!

Here is a sample letter (courtesy Patrick Romanoski):

Hello Ms. Charlton,

My name is Patrick Romanoski.

Living on Hamilton Mountain, you are my MP.

Ms. Charlton, I need you to work along with the efforts of Sheila Copps, who is looking for answers to the question of illegal veto rights as it infringes on the laws of Canada, and specifically how it applies to the Competition Act.

Section 4.3 of the NHL constitution grants each team exclusive control over its “home territory,” stating that, “no other member of the League shall be permitted to play games … in the home territory of a member without the latter member’s consent. No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such a membership” Since the Coyotes franchise is not “GRANTED” by the NHL, this point is moot, it will be purchased!

The previous section stating, “no other member of the League shall be permitted to play games … in the home territory of a member without the latter member’s consent.” stands on its own. Thus this section is illegal & a pure case of restraint of trade!!!

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lawyer send a letter to the NHL in 2006, which in essence stated clearly that any team that wants to enter the territory of another must have “unanimous” support of all teams. In other words, MLSE thinks they can stop the locating of a team in Hamilton, as they say it would infringe on their territory.

Jim Balsillie and PSE are looking to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton. If successful in the auction, his company will continue to meet resisitance from MLSE.

According to the Competition Act, any company or companies conspiring to restrict a product or supply of a product could be guilty of a criminal offence. Changes were proposed in March 2009 to effect potential jail time as much as 14 years imprisonment and fines as high as $25 million per occurence.

In a previous review the competition bureau was deliberately misled by the NHL by witholding this letter. Their responses to questioning was therefore not the whole truth and resulted in no wrongdoing being discovered.

This fact added to the facts uncovered in the PSE purchase attempt to move a team to Hamilton suggests a new review under oath is required.

Ms. Charlton, if you could provide clarification on the new changes too, that would be appreciated.

If you would be so kind, please acknowledge receipt of this email, and send progress reports on your efforts.

Thanking you for your representation and help in this matter,

Yours truly,

Patrick

Or, alternatively, Corey Schlueter came up with a terrific one too:

Dear Dr. Albrecht,

I am sure you are aware Jim Balsillie as PSE has made an offer to purchase an NHL team through the US bankruptcy system. While this issue at first seems trivial and of no concern to the Government of Canada; I must assure you that is not the case.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lawyer send a letter to the NHL in 2006, which in essence stated clearly that any team that wants to enter the territory of another must have “unanimous” support of all teams. In other words, the Leafs think they can stop the locating of a team in Hamilton, as they say it would infringe on their territory.

According to the Competition Act, any company or companies conspiring to restrict a product or supply of a product could be guilty of a criminal offence. Changes were proposed in March 2009, where potential jail time as much as 14 years imprisonment, and fines as high as $25 million per occurrence.

In a previous review the competition bureau was deliberately misled by the NHL by withholding this letter. Their responses to questioning was therefore not the whole truth and resulted in no wrongdoing being discovered.

This fact added to the facts uncovered in the PSE purchase attempt to move a team to Hamilton suggests a new review under oath is required.

As you can see the issue has become extremely important. MLSE and the NHL wish to protect their market share contrary to the law. Also by blocking this move the NHL is costing Ontario thousands of possible new jobs and the revitalization of Hamilton.

As my MP I am sure this issue is of great concern to you as well and I look forward to your representation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Corey Schlueter

 

Time to send a 'personal' email to your MP on the MLSE veto issue (article 4.3 of the NHL Constitution)

For the bullet summary, please go here.

 We will be posting comments from MP’s of Canada related to Canadian rights, and the Competition Act

It's time to support Canadian Hockey once again!

It's time to support Canadian Hockey once again!

 

 

This is what our elected officials ‘live for’…..

 To serve the people. Give your local MP a chance to stand up for your voice in Parliament!

We had discussed the idea of using a form letter, but a personally worded letter stating how you feel is always more effective. MP’s will be comparing notes.

Thanks to Corey Schlueter and Bryan Kirkham for their efforts to bring us this information!

  

 

 

 

 Canada

 Click Here to see the list of MP’s to find yours!

Key points to include in your email:

  • Veto rights that Toronto Maple Leafs and MLSE  ‘think’ they have
  • Competition Act and the new issue included to stop the ‘Conspiracy to avoid Competition’, and to fix prices and supply
  • Mention Jim Balsillie and his group, PSE
  • Mention Sheila Copps and her current support and drive to get answers in Parliament
  • Urge your constituent to speak to the press and encourage them to set up press conferences to address this issue
  • Thank your representative for their support
  • Ask them to get back to you personally with a progress report
  • Ask them to brush up on the case by visiting http://haveavoice.makeitseven.ca/rants, and http://makeiteighteh.com, and other mainstream media and blogs.

Alternatively, use one of the emails already sent in the comments below, and change the contents to suit you.

It’s time to help our ‘Braveheart’, Jim Balsillie, and stand united for hockey rights in Canada.

Please make comments in this post below, when you send, and any information you get back! Post your letter if you choose!

Here is a sample letter (courtesy Patrick Romanoski):

Hello Ms. Charlton,

My name is Patrick Romanoski.

Living on Hamilton Mountain, you are my MP.

Ms. Charlton, I need you to work along with the efforts of Sheila Copps, who is looking for answers to the question of illegal veto rights as it infringes on the laws of Canada, and specifically how it applies to the Competition Act.

Section 4.3 of the NHL constitution grants each team exclusive control over its “home territory,” stating that, “no other member of the League shall be permitted to play games … in the home territory of a member without the latter member’s consent. No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such a membership” Since the Coyotes franchise is not “GRANTED” by the NHL, this point is moot, it will be purchased!

The previous section stating, “no other member of the League shall be permitted to play games … in the home territory of a member without the latter member’s consent.” stands on its own. Thus this section is illegal & a pure case of restraint of trade!!!

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lawyer send a letter to the NHL in 2006, which in essence stated clearly that any team that wants to enter the territory of another must have “unanimous” support of all teams. In other words, MLSE thinks they can stop the locating of a team in Hamilton, as they say it would infringe on their territory.

Jim Balsillie and PSE are looking to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton. If successful in the auction, his company will continue to meet resisitance from MLSE.

According to the Competition Act, any company or companies conspiring to restrict a product or supply of a product could be guilty of a criminal offence. Changes were proposed in March 2009 to effect potential jail time as much as 14 years imprisonment and fines as high as $25 million per occurence.

In a previous review the competition bureau was deliberately misled by the NHL by witholding this letter. Their responses to questioning was therefore not the whole truth and resulted in no wrongdoing being discovered.

This fact added to the facts uncovered in the PSE purchase attempt to move a team to Hamilton suggests a new review under oath is required.

Ms. Charlton, if you could provide clarification on the new changes too, that would be appreciated.

If you would be so kind, please acknowledge receipt of this email, and send progress reports on your efforts.

Thanking you for your representation and help in this matter,

Yours truly,

Patrick

Or, alternatively, Corey Schlueter came up with a terrific one too:

Dear Dr. Albrecht,

I am sure you are aware Jim Balsillie as PSE has made an offer to purchase an NHL team through the US bankruptcy system. While this issue at first seems trivial and of no concern to the Government of Canada; I must assure you that is not the case.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a lawyer send a letter to the NHL in 2006, which in essence stated clearly that any team that wants to enter the territory of another must have “unanimous” support of all teams. In other words, the Leafs think they can stop the locating of a team in Hamilton, as they say it would infringe on their territory.

According to the Competition Act, any company or companies conspiring to restrict a product or supply of a product could be guilty of a criminal offence. Changes were proposed in March 2009, where potential jail time as much as 14 years imprisonment, and fines as high as $25 million per occurrence.

In a previous review the competition bureau was deliberately misled by the NHL by withholding this letter. Their responses to questioning was therefore not the whole truth and resulted in no wrongdoing being discovered.

This fact added to the facts uncovered in the PSE purchase attempt to move a team to Hamilton suggests a new review under oath is required.

As you can see the issue has become extremely important. MLSE and the NHL wish to protect their market share contrary to the law. Also by blocking this move the NHL is costing Ontario thousands of possible new jobs and the revitalization of Hamilton.

As my MP I am sure this issue is of great concern to you as well and I look forward to your representation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Corey Schlueter

 

Time to take the 'territory' and 'freedoms' rightfully deserved!

For the bullet summary, please go here.

Are you kidding us?

Gloves off, mattresses ready, time to take the territory that to this point has been disguised as non-existent. The territory of southern ontario between Toronto and Buffalo.

The territory that true hockey fans cannot seem to see hockey in, except if they have a television set, and perhaps subscriptions to TSN, Sportsnet, the CBC, and, hold your ears faint of heart, Leaf TV.

The taxing of a nation, mercilessly on those lucky enough (at this point, debatable) to subsidize the southern NHL teams.

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"; "I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are"

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"; "I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are"

It is time, like William Wallace, to take what is rightfully Canadian. The territory representative of the hockey hotbed and passion of Ontario. We must also pay tribute to the hockey crazed areas of the west and east, and Winnipeg is in the hearts of us all.

Wallace was able to rally his people to fight for freedom, to fight for what is rightfully theirs.

We can argue, as Canadians, that the right to have hockey in our territory is our right!

Why should a kingdom from the east, in the Toronto Maple Leafs, be able to claim our territory?

 

Can we look at the commissioner as King Edward, as ‘Longshanks’ as he was called in those days. Willing to bend the rules as he sees fit, and avoiding points of law at all cost?

I think we can.

Here is where this stood, as reported by the Toronto Star,

 “……the veto rights, found at the bottom of article 4.3: “No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such member.””Hamilton is considered part of the Leafs’ territory since it’s within a 50-mile (80-kilometre) radius of Toronto. Coyotes’ lawyers say the Leafs have prevented relocations to Hamilton before – the last was an attempt by Ottawa – and aren’t likely to approve this one. The Leafs refer all calls to the NHL.

“Coyotes’ lawyers say the NHL’s constitution violates Canadian competition laws and U.S. antitrust laws and implored the judge to ignore it.”

And, On August 13th, the Globe Sports added:

His lawyers’ request said Balsillie “believes that, notwithstanding the NHL’s pretextual arguments, the Maple Leafs are trying to block [Balsillie’s] purchase of the Coyotes in order to prevent a Hamilton relocation and competition with the Maple Leafs in Southern Ontario.”

Lawyers for Balsillie and Moyes want to grill Peddie about the Leafs’ motives. They also want to question Bettman, Daly, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold.

It is quickly becoming obvious again that this is a case of territorial rights. The NHL is blocking the bid of Balsillie in any way it can, using the 26-0 vote and an accustion of poor character on Balsillie as the excuse.

The NHL is painting itself into a corner, and I hope the Board of Governors all know that they will be held liable and accountable for the fortunes of a few. In short,  what may benefit a few will cost the many!

I wonder if Longshanks painted Wallace as the bad guy in Scotland so many years ago. I am willing to bet according to the king of England, Wallace would have been ‘painted’ of poor character too, as he manipulated his henchmen to build popular vote against him.

The Make it Seven rant page and website was a public relations site, and the Balsillie camp knew that it would take many hockey fans upset at the territory that is being denied us.

If Wallace stood alone, Wallace would have been defeated.

We have the king of  Toronto vacationing, while the white knite is hiding in the bushes, peering out, waiting for the outcome and the prize to be handed over. Yes, sounds like the battle in Scotland of old.

The people of Scotland were willing to lose their lives for the freedom of their people, and the rights they deserved.

The people of Canada, particularly Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec City and other deserving parts of Canada that can truly support hockey need to start talking and supporting this cause.

It won’t be our lives on the line as in Scotland many years ago.

But the principle of rights and freedoms are the same!

Time to take the ‘territory’ and ‘freedoms’ rightfully deserved!

For the bullet summary, please go here.

Are you kidding us?

Gloves off, mattresses ready, time to take the territory that to this point has been disguised as non-existent. The territory of southern ontario between Toronto and Buffalo.

The territory that true hockey fans cannot seem to see hockey in, except if they have a television set, and perhaps subscriptions to TSN, Sportsnet, the CBC, and, hold your ears faint of heart, Leaf TV.

The taxing of a nation, mercilessly on those lucky enough (at this point, debatable) to subsidize the southern NHL teams.

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"; "I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are"

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"; "I have been given nothing. God makes men what they are"

It is time, like William Wallace, to take what is rightfully Canadian. The territory representative of the hockey hotbed and passion of Ontario. We must also pay tribute to the hockey crazed areas of the west and east, and Winnipeg is in the hearts of us all.

Wallace was able to rally his people to fight for freedom, to fight for what is rightfully theirs.

We can argue, as Canadians, that the right to have hockey in our territory is our right!

Why should a kingdom from the east, in the Toronto Maple Leafs, be able to claim our territory?

 

Can we look at the commissioner as King Edward, as ‘Longshanks’ as he was called in those days. Willing to bend the rules as he sees fit, and avoiding points of law at all cost?

I think we can.

Here is where this stood, as reported by the Toronto Star,

 “……the veto rights, found at the bottom of article 4.3: “No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such member.””Hamilton is considered part of the Leafs’ territory since it’s within a 50-mile (80-kilometre) radius of Toronto. Coyotes’ lawyers say the Leafs have prevented relocations to Hamilton before – the last was an attempt by Ottawa – and aren’t likely to approve this one. The Leafs refer all calls to the NHL.

“Coyotes’ lawyers say the NHL’s constitution violates Canadian competition laws and U.S. antitrust laws and implored the judge to ignore it.”

And, On August 13th, the Globe Sports added:

His lawyers’ request said Balsillie “believes that, notwithstanding the NHL’s pretextual arguments, the Maple Leafs are trying to block [Balsillie’s] purchase of the Coyotes in order to prevent a Hamilton relocation and competition with the Maple Leafs in Southern Ontario.”

Lawyers for Balsillie and Moyes want to grill Peddie about the Leafs’ motives. They also want to question Bettman, Daly, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold.

It is quickly becoming obvious again that this is a case of territorial rights. The NHL is blocking the bid of Balsillie in any way it can, using the 26-0 vote and an accustion of poor character on Balsillie as the excuse.

The NHL is painting itself into a corner, and I hope the Board of Governors all know that they will be held liable and accountable for the fortunes of a few. In short,  what may benefit a few will cost the many!

I wonder if Longshanks painted Wallace as the bad guy in Scotland so many years ago. I am willing to bet according to the king of England, Wallace would have been ‘painted’ of poor character too, as he manipulated his henchmen to build popular vote against him.

The Make it Seven rant page and website was a public relations site, and the Balsillie camp knew that it would take many hockey fans upset at the territory that is being denied us.

If Wallace stood alone, Wallace would have been defeated.

We have the king of  Toronto vacationing, while the white knite is hiding in the bushes, peering out, waiting for the outcome and the prize to be handed over. Yes, sounds like the battle in Scotland of old.

The people of Scotland were willing to lose their lives for the freedom of their people, and the rights they deserved.

The people of Canada, particularly Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec City and other deserving parts of Canada that can truly support hockey need to start talking and supporting this cause.

It won’t be our lives on the line as in Scotland many years ago.

But the principle of rights and freedoms are the same!

Everybody gets a new lease on Coyotes (part duh!)

Time to honor another MakeitSeven.ca ranter. Jay Martin, this means you. Tirelessly Jay has contributed to the Make it Seven rant page, and is the glue holding it together when others had given up hope. Jay has gotten a little mad, for obvious reason, as it is plain that he is a devout hockey fan that really does not like to see what has happened to the great game of hockey. Keep up the good work Jay! Get a third wind, as we are going to overtime. Thanks Jay from all of us fellow ranters at Make it Seven!

For the bullet summary, please go here.

You want the team NHL? Prepare to get out the chequebook, and write the big one!

The NHL is now on record as stating the Coyotes arena lease needs to be reworked:

“I think we’ve got to get the lease situation resolved, or not, by the end of this calendar year,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday

What happened to Gary Bettman’s statement that the team was never in jeopardy, and the thought of it was, well, just ‘silly’? Where is that thinking now?

According to the NHL and Gary Bettman, with proper management the Phoenix Coyotes could have been, and would have remained a ‘viable franchise’.

Would that be in it’s current form, Mr. Bettman?

Because, if the Coyotes are indeed viable, why would this season be a ‘lame duck season’ if you as the successful bidder in the auction would need a reworking of the lease?

Now, is the lease really that bad? What is it about the lease that has everybody spooked?

I would argue it isn’t about the lease payments, it’s the lease penalty.

Fill it with some Jonas Brothers, Miley Cirus, and other attractions and get over it!

Fill it with some Jonas Brothers, Miley Cirus, and other attractions and get over it!

But, the penalty is only an issue if you want to leave Glendale.

If the Coyotes are truly as viable a franchise as claimed by Gary Bettman, then why is the lease such an albatross and a hinderance at this point?

We really need to go back in time and again to the Ron McLean and Bettman interview of June 2009.

Why does the NHL flip flop on the issues it claims are important, the facts of the Coyotes case, whenever it becomes convenient for them?

Gary Bettman’s argument is that when you have bankers building arenas, then you have an obligation to continue in a given place, or it turns the league on it’s head, as in this excerpt from the interview:

MacLean: So you say it’s a problem with your investment bankers, that threat of the relocation to Hamilton?

Bettman: Not bankers who lend money to franchises, but bankers who lend money to build arenas and stadiums.

MacLean: Which is huge. One of the reasons for stability in the past.

Bettman: Of course, you have to have stability.

Rumour has it that the NHL wants to take over the franchise to ‘buy time’ to put further pressure on the City of Glendale to grant the necessary reworking of the arena lease, and possible concessions.

Glendale is in no position to grant concessions, so the lease payments aren’t the big issue. The big issue then, is the transfer of ownership to a ‘long term’ buyer.

 Who in their right mind would take over a lease penalty to the tune of $720 million (to as high as $796 million as

As Dr. Evil would say, "Do ya want it? It's going to cost you a bajillion dollars!"

As Dr. Evil would say, "Do ya want it? It's going to cost you a bajillion dollars!"

recently claimed). Soon it will be like Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, “a bajillion dollars”.

The Phoenix Coyotes are not a viable franchise in their current form. Without concessions and a ‘way out’ there will not be a bidder willing to follow through with an offer.

Even Ice Edge says it has only days to come up with a solid plan with Glendale. Well Ice Edge, the fact that you want to move five games to Saskatoon or anywhere else is requesting a break on the arena lease, that the City of Glendale is not at liberty to give you.

And Ice Edge, where is that parking facility you want the action from? Another concession where concessions are under the microscope. It isn’t going to happen.

Perhaps as suggested, the Ice Edge bid will get the boys from Research Edge a little closer to favour in the eyes of the powerful and wealthy, and how about that close to free advertising? So impressive is the Ice Edge chances that here we are witnessing the proof of a snowballs chance, the NHL placing their own bid.

In a previous article, we looked at why everybody gets a new lease on Coyotes life but Jerry Moyes.

We have come back to an important clip from this article before, and it relates to the breaking of a lease in bankruptcy proceedings. Here is the clip:

To quote a clip from Thompson Hine, in October 2007,

“section 502(b)(6) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on claims arising from a debtors lease termination does not limit a landlords claim for tort-related damages. Section 502(b)(6) sets limits on the damages that result from the termination of a lease of real property to the greater of one year, or 15 percent, not to exceed three years of the remaining term of such lease. The provision is designed to provide landlords with compensation for losses due to lease terminations, while preventing excessively large claims from long-term leases that would limit the recovery of other unsecured creditors.”

 

We must emphasize the argument the NHL had initially.

When you have a team and bankers building arenas, you cannot simply bail on them (NHL position). The City of Glendale is on the hook for the lease, and we still don’t know what kind of obligation it is. Who holds the Jobing.com arena bond is still a question on the table, and it was reporteldy the $64.5 million question.

We must remember the NHL supported the City of Glendale when it convenienced the NHL.

The reason the $148 million offer had any merits at all was because of the lease penalty of $720 million. We could then say, with the taking on of the penalty, the offer was really $868 million. Was this what Gary Bettman would say was the offer that would make Jim Balsillie’s ‘pale in comparison’?

The City of Glendale was a preferred creditor and had much more validity as creditor than Jerry Moyes, according to the NHL, because Moyes was an owner not a lender. The City of Glendale with first dibs.

Now the NHL as a secured creditor to an auction that sees themselves getting paid (is this possible?), is going to argue against the City of Glendale’s right to withhold the lease penalty. Now it’s not a bid deal?

But, more importantly, the rules of bankruptcy law are now being supported by the NHL in the thinking that the true lease obligation despite reported penalty is closer to one years worth of lease payments. Ahhh, the truth at last, justified by the NHL itself.

Judge Baum can now look at the position of two major bidders, the NHL and PSE, and see that they agree on point of law regarding the true lease penalty, and the true obligation in bankruptcy. So much for the $148 million really being much higher, and the PSE bid of $212.5 million, really being ‘much lower’, as previously argued by Bettman.

The NHL entering the bankruptcy circus also puts them on a level, bidding playing field with PSE.

They  (NHL) cannot be judge, jury, and bankruptcy competition at the same time. That is a conflict of interest.

They must choose some authority and pull related to the validity of Jim Balsillie as a suitable owner, or they choose bidder, not both. Obviously they are not at liberty to pick who can be a competitor in the bankruptcy. That would not be fair, and would violate law.

It is becoming quickly obvious to all concerned that the shiny new arena in the works in Kansas City  (or Vegas) has a new owner’s name all over it. Should we call it the White Knight arena? Nah, let’s hold that thought.

The NHL wants to take ownership, finish an arena deal, hand the reigns over to the White Knight, say bye bye to Jerry Moyes, and slap him on the face on the way out.

One problem.

The NHL bid is now on a level playing field with PSE, and is $72.5 million short.

And, if the NHL thinks it is going to ‘contract’ the league if PSE wins, then they better be prepared to pull out the chequebook. This one’s going to hurt!

The cheque will hurt, and the bigger ‘hurt’ will be the further blackening of the NHL’s reputation.

Jerry Moyes was claimed to have been a poor hockey manager. He claimed himself to not know the business very well, and when he looked for help, there was none to be found. It wasn’t because he didn’t ask. He was simply ignored.

And for that ignorance in civil court, I hope there are certain others, including the NHL, ready to pull out the chequebooks too.

That cheque is really going to hurt!

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.