No, I’m not talking about Minnesota. No, I’m thinking of the NHL and how it just can’t seem to get its act together. Lets start with:
Jerry Reinsdorf, the Chicago sports entrepreneur whom the NHL was counting on to keep the Phoenix Coyotes away from Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, has dropped his $148-million (all currency U.S.) bid for the club, just as the NHL announced it has filed one of its own. more
Is this a setup or what? Did Bettman call Reinsdorf up and ask him to do put in his phony bid to keep Jim Balsillie out of the NHL, or did they work it out some other way? And it makes me think of how clumsy the Blue Jackets have been with their attempt to get get a bailout from Franklin County. Columbus asked the NHL for advice with this issue and so far, the only visible action has been the publishing of the County Commissioners telephone and email information. Maybe the Jackets should look for different advice, or better yet, do some creative thinking.
And then there is this little TV issue:
Despite the looming threat of its American rights-holder disappearing from the channel lineup of the nation’s largest satellite provider, the NHL seems not the least bit interested in the ongoing dispute that could lead to VERSUS disappearing from DirecTV on Sept. 1. more