Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Phoenix Coyotes

TRUST ME ON THIS KIDS…
WHAT’S AT STAKE TODAY IN A PHOENIX COURT ROOM…IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST…THE FATE OF THE COYOTES…
THIS IS ABOUT WHO RUNS THE NHL…
ON THE SURFACE IT APPEARS THIS FIGHT IS BETWEEN JIM BALSILLIE AND COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN…
IN TRUTH…THIS IS A FIGHT BETWEEN JIM BALSILLIE AND THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS…
THE PRIZE…IS A SHARE OF THE BIGGEST HOCKEY MARKET IN THE WORLD…
TO PUT IT QUITE SIMPLY…THE LEAFS DO NOT WANT TO SHARE IT…
AND IT’S BETTMAN’S JOB…TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T…
LET’S DO THE MATH…
SHOULD THE COYOTES MOVE FROM PHOENIX TO HAMILTON FOR NEXT SEASON…
THE TEAM WOULD TAKE A FRANCHISE LOSING $40 MILLION DOLLARS A SEASON…AND TRANSFORM IT INTO A TEAM GENERATING $200 MILLION DOLLARS A SEASON…
THAT MONEY WOULD FIND ITS WAY INTO THE POCKETS OF EVERY PLAYER AND OWNER IN THE LEAGUE…
SO WHY IS THE NHL FIGHTING WITH A BILLIONAIRE…WHO IS WILLING TO BAIL THEM OUT???
SIMPLE…
BALSILLIE REPRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO “THE ESTABLISHMENT” THAT CONTROLS THIS LEAGUE…
A HAND FULL OF OWNERS…SUCH AS ED SNIDER IN PHILADELPHIA…JEREMY JACOBS IN BOSTON…AND ABOVE ALL…
THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS…
THESE TEAMS ARE THE SINGLE REASON WHY BETTMAN STILL HAS A JOB…
HOWEVER THEY ARE STILL A “MINORITY”…
AND THIS FIGHT OVER THE COYOTES…HAS CERTAINLY RAISED SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION OF THE LEAGUE…
KEEP IN MIND…
BEFORE THE LOCK OUT…BETTMAN GUARENTEED THESE OWNERS “COST CERTAINTY”…
NO WHERE IS THAT “FAILURE” MORE EVIDENT…THAN IN PHOENIX…
UNFORTUNATLEY FOR THE NHL…THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG…
THERE ARE AT LEAST ANOTHER 5 FRANCHISES THAT ARE IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF RE-LOCATION…
THE LIST INCLUDES…ATLANTA…NASHVILLE…FLORIDA…TAMPA BAY AND THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS…
BETTMAN’S VISION OF RAPID EXPANSION AND RELOCATION INTO NON TRADITION MARKETS HAS BLOWN UP IN HIS FACE…
THE LOSSES ARE NOW BEING COUNTED IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS…
ADD IT UP…AND NO MATTER WHO WINS IN COURT TODAY…
BY THE TIME THE SMOKE CLEARS…THIS IS GOING TO COST GARY BETTMAN HIS JOB…

1 comment:

satire and theology said...

'SIMPLE…
BALSILLIE REPRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO “THE ESTABLISHMENT” THAT CONTROLS THIS LEAGUE…
A HAND FULL OF OWNERS…SUCH AS ED SNIDER IN PHILADELPHIA…JEREMY JACOBS IN BOSTON…AND ABOVE ALL…
THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS…
THESE TEAMS ARE THE SINGLE REASON WHY BETTMAN STILL HAS A JOB…
HOWEVER THEY ARE STILL A “MINORITY”…'

'THERE ARE AT LEAST ANOTHER 5 FRANCHISES THAT ARE IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF RE-LOCATION…
THE LIST INCLUDES…ATLANTA…NASHVILLE…FLORIDA…TAMPA BAY AND THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS…
BETTMAN’S VISION OF RAPID EXPANSION AND RELOCATION INTO NON TRADITION MARKETS HAS BLOWN UP IN HIS FACE…
THE LOSSES ARE NOW BEING COUNTED IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS…'

Excellent points, Dave. I respect you, as I do Bob McCown, for voicing these views. I do hope the Isles hang in there as they were a legendary team.

The NHL's bad philosophy reminds me of the dogmatism of some religious movements. I am a theologian completing my PhD. Similar type errors are made. Those in power do not listen well and do not think objectively well enough. They are too concerned with potential dollars over philosophical and cultural issues.

It is not primarily a Canada versus USA issue.

I reason most American hockey fans would agree with my basic view.

I am an outsider, and ex-NHL fan (probably forever) fed up with the Americanization of the NHL at the expense of Canadian growth, even if just Southern Ontario.

I reason most of the teams should be in America, but primarily and more so than presently they should be in hockey markets.

It is difficult to very successfully grow a game in areas where the sport is nowhere near the most popular as even if it grows the more traditional sports are also growing and therefore hockey stays in the background.

The result?

Non-hockey market clubs tend not to be very successful unless they win a cup like Anaheim, Dallas, and Carolina, and are in a huge metropolitan markets like Greater Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay area.

As Bob McCown has stated, one should not place a team in a city if it is only going to be successful if it wins championships.

I am a philosophical theologian. Philosophically there is no such thing as a best sport or most exciting sport, contrary to what many in the League like to state.

There is also no best or most exciting colour.

Hockey may be the fastest sport of the 'big four', but it is not as fast as car racing or horse racing, and I reason the speed of hockey does not make it the most exciting sport.

Much of 'favourite sport' talk is opinion and much of it is culturally and early experienced based.

Simply placing the game in front of more people in the States will not make it a national sport. The NHL makes philosophical errors and overlooks the cultural ties to sport.

Many in the sunbelt are especially used to watching outdoor sports, and I reason it is generally more fun to watch a sport outdoors. My opinion.

Hockey is an indoor sport and this is a negative I reason overlooked by many in the media in regard to the sunbelt.

I used to read the Hockey News as a kid in the 1980s. In gossip columns there was talk about Canadian teams not drawing well in the US, the need for hockey to be a national sport in the US and the need to make it less Canadian. There was talk about the Jets moving to Phoenix back in the early 80s and negative talk about the Nordiques franchise too.

Yes, in Canada we shoot ourselves in the foot with our socialism and lack of economic growth in cities. Unlike America we have few up and coming potential NHL markets.

With the mediocrity of our teams we in Canada will be 'lucky' to win a Stanley Cup every 20 years!

All the best, Dave.

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