Gary Bettman at hearings

Posted by Richard Pollock in General NHL on June 9, 2009 — 2 Comments

From Nhl.com:

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in a Phoenix courtroom Tuesday for a hearing related to the potential sale and relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jerry Moyes is attempting to sell the team to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. Balsillie has attached a rider to the sale, which if approved would give him the authority to move the organization to Hamilton, Ont. The NHL argues that Moyes relinquished ownership control in previously executed documented and that  only the League can approve the sale and relocation of franchise. Bettman has said the Phoenix situation is fixable by following NHL rules and regulations.

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Clearly this underscores the importance of this hearing to the NHL and all of the other major sports leagues in North America.¬† There is a fear that a dangerous precedent could be set today–granted an appeal would be a given–so the NHL will have all the big guns on hand in Phoenix.

  • Calihockey

    The circus continues. I understand the argument the NHL is making in terms of stability and not wanting to have franchises move at the whim of an individual.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com goon

    I actually think the jist of it is that Buffalo and Toronto don’t want another team in their area. I mean Gary already said he is open to Winnipeg getting the team back.