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Thursday, June 14, 2007

balsillie, bringer of chaos

New stories on the Balsillie's moves here and here. Read them.

I vote we rename Balsillie "Balls-y". He is moving really fast and i think he's making the NHL mad. He just may screw up his chances of getting this team.

Summary from those articles: Balsillie is now offering rights for those in Hamilton to buy seat rights (yes, from Ticketmaster) for the "Hamilton Predators" (ad to the right)

Of course, he doesn't own the team, and just requested a meeting with the NHL a couple of days ago to discuss the purchase. That meeting was scheduled for the 19th and was to make a full formal presentation on the 20th, for the purchase to be made final on July 1st. (By the way, the team, whoever owns it, has to invoke the default attendance clause by June 30th). Well - the NHL just canceled that meeting. They said that the papers Balsillie submitted were incomplete. They also pointed out that the board needs more time to vote on some procedural things apparently.

This makes me think two things: either 1) Balsillie isn't as good a business man as we thought and maybe he didn't think this stuff through or 2) the NHL board of governors is already throwing up roadblocks to Balsillie's bid.

Either way, i am liking Balsillie less and less every day.

Oh - and a Senators fan just did this to the ad from above. I love it.

3 comments:

john h said...

I LOVE that ad. Very creative. Those folks are probably feeling a good deal of frustration about this guy as we are!

Christy said...

"balsillie, bringer of chaos"

Is that kinda like "Linea, destroyer of worlds"?

Paul Nicholson said...

exactly