Broadway Blues ... filed an interesting lawsuit last week against the NHL. The team (which is owned by Madison Square Garden which is owned by Cablevision) alleges that the league has become an â€œillegal cartelâ€ in its efforts to control licensing efforts, advertising, broadcasting and the teamâ€™s Web site.
Says the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan: â€œ[The NHL] has inappropriately and illiegally claimed and usurped more and more control over what have been and should be independent competitive activities of the individual clubs. The Rangers said they filed the lawsuit after the league threatened to impose a $100,000-a-day fine unless it transferred virtually complete control of the Rangersâ€™s Web site. The NHL had no comment on the lawsuit.
My question is......why would the biggest & most profitable team (US) take on the commish?? Right in his own back yard.
My first guess would be that the NHL has done nothing to grow the game so the Rangers & their marketing machine feel that they would do a better job running the website & selling the merchandise.
But when dealing with New York lawyers......there has to be something bubbling under the surface......some thing to do with the powers that control the NHL....& didn't Bassillie also use the 'CARTEL" word as well.....some thing stinks......