Jovorock wrote:Any smart business man would of moved this team to Winnipeg a long time ago. But this mess continues, will it ever end?
any SMART buisness man would have sold the team to a billionaire buisnessman and let them move the team to hamilton years ago... thats why Gary aint smart, nor is he a buisnessman.
Well he WORKS for businessmen, and given their bankroll, some of them must be pretty smart. Balsille tugged on heartstrings and patriotism, but it's always about the cash.
The problems with Hamilton are well documented. Much of Buffalo's viewership comes from Southern Ontario. A team that was just sold to a very rich man committed to making them work in that city. Are you going to cut the legs out of one franchise to relocate another. Forget the matter that the Billionaire stood to more than double the value of his investment almost overnight? hmmmmmm.... "Hey Jim, you want a team in Hamilton? Okay, you need to pay us XX for the Coyotes, pay XX to Buffalo for killing them, and pay the rest of us owners 500M. Done deal."
As far as Winnipeg goes, given the funds behind the ownership group, they would be most certainly a stable franchise for the foreseeable future. I'm still not convinced that Winnipeg has the corporate sponsors required to make an NHL team work. Further, how do you make that team successful? How many stud players are going to want to go play in Manitoba? Making millions in complete anonymity in Phoenix is one thing, making millions in a blizzard-swept tundra where the city lives and breathes Jets? Edmonton is quickly replaced as the least-favorite destination in pro hockey.