Comment 34374

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted October 02, 2009 at 10:16:26

Having the Commissioner of the NHL say that Hamilton would be the 5th most marketable team in the league definitely helped the cause. I think there's too much bad blood between the NHL and Balsillie for him to be the driving force behind a new bid, but I wouldn't be shocked to see a new bid either for an expansion or relocation once some of the other struggling teams start to fail. Jim may not have won this battle but he certainly made getting a team in Hamilton look a lot more attainable.

The real problem is Toronto's supposed veto power, and the NHL's refusal to even discuss it. It smacks of anti-competitiveness, designed to protect the league's cash cow. I seem to recall seeing something in the Spec about Councillor Whitehead going to the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding this. (Naturally the Spec.com's search feature failed me so I cant find the article I'm referring to, so if I'm wrong on this feel free to correct me.)

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