Bettman gets desperate… again

Update @ 12:49p.m. on 6/9/09: If you’re on Twitter, follow @kash2112 for a play by play of the courtroom case in Phoenix.

Update @ 12:11p.m. on 6/9/09: The little commish is currently in a Phoenix courtroom awaiting the decision from Judge Redfield T. Baum regarding the ownership/control of the Coyotes… is it the NHL or owner Jerry Moyes? However, the decision is not expected to come until the end of the week.

This must be a great day for our favorite little man… has to be in Phoenix due to the failure of a franchise placed in the middle of a desert, and then has to fly back to Pittsburgh to possibly see the Red Wings eliminate the mental midget’s wonder boy from the Stanley Cup Finals… and then have to hand The Cup (reluctantly) over to the Red Wings.

Add another pair of investors to the list of those who have applied to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes. According to mini-commish Bettman, Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon of the Toronto Argonauts have filed an application with the NHL to purchase and keep the Coyotes in Phoenix.

Meanwhile, Paul Kelly (president of the NHLPA) let it be known that he (and most players) don’t think an NHL franchise is viable in Phoenix and that it is time to “pull the plug”… instead of letting the team continue to lose money and be held up by other teams and the league.

In his column at the Globe and Mail, Stephen Brunt gives a great take on the offers/applications being put forth by new investors for the Phoenix Coyotes, and how Bettman is bluffing… simply to eliminate the possibility of Jim Balsillie acquiring an NHL team. Bettman says that Balsillie hasn’t played by the rules… it seems to us that Bettman creates the rules as he goes along (much like the NHL refs), and is breaking them even more than Balsillie. What ever happened to good ol’ fashioned honesty Mr. Commish?

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13 Responses to “Bettman gets desperate… again”

  1. 1 Wolfman Jack Jun 8th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    If Gary Bettmen announced that the sky was blue, I wouldn’t believe him and I’d look for myself.

  2. 2 Sens Fan Jun 8th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Please get rid of this criminal mastermind… For the love of god you little mental midget, why don’t you just submit your resignation to the league board of governors now before the bankruptecy courts in Arizona make that possibility more likely. Gary doesn’t seem to understand that a loss in the bankruptecy court tomorrow means that more people will understand just how much of a fraud he has been over the last sixteen years. Continue to learn the hard way, repeat the same lies multiple times and make yourself look like an idiot in saying and doing every little stupid thing you do. Keep it up while you still can. Because you might not be around much longer.

  3. 3 OddyOh Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    That Stephen Brunt article was a good read. Hopefully the truth comes out. I knew Bettman would conjure up some fake bids though, he did the same with Nashville.

    Hopefully Bettman’s days as Commish are numbered, and even the NBA won’t want him back after all these years of lies and two-faced negotiations.

  4. 4 JB Jun 9th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    man i hope Jim wins! by the way, i can’t find anywhere how tall Bettman is. anyone know is actual height?

  5. 5 hix poor Jun 9th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Don’t think Jim will win. GB is in control of the process. The Judge will not take an activist approach to the case. Gary will guard his legacy at all costs, at least until 2011, when the sh_t hits the fan. The CBA,and American TV agreements expire then.

  6. 6 Rusty Wheeler Jun 9th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I actually watched that weasel Bettman interviewed during CBC’s coverage of a recent playoff game. Bettman spins facts even worse than most politicians! How could anyone believe any of the garbage he spews!

    If we were in a charitable mood, we could say he just has an alternate sense of reality. But in a real reality, he’s from Bizarro World!

    I’m a Detroiter, and while I hope Detroit keeps the cup against the Penguins, some of the refereeing has me scratching my head. I enjoy the refs *mostly* letting the players play and hit each other, but sometimes players are hauled down in front of the net while trying to get a rebound and there is no penalty call, while at other times players barely touch each other and get called for “interference” when I can’t see the interference. And I used to play (amateur) and ref (ditto) for many years!

    Rusty Wheeler

  7. 7 Al Jun 9th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    There is a fundamental rule about how to operate a business: if you focus on your product or service, you’ll have a fighting chance of having money flow through. If you focus solely on the money instead of your product or service, you have ZERO chance of money flowing in.

    Looks like the NHL focused on the money instead of the product. They should take lessons from the NFL and NBA, two leagues that focused on their product and therefore, the money came in.

    If I were the NHL commissioner with the power to do anything regarding franchise relocation and contraction, I’d contract the Ducks, Thrashers, Panthers, Predators, Lightning, and Blue Jackets. I’d also relocate the Devils, Coyotes, and Hurricanes to Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Hamilton. The NHL needs to take a few steps back first before they can look towards future growth. Undoing the damage caused by Bettman and a few stupid owners is the first step towards growing the game.

  8. 8 Wolfman Jack Jun 10th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    So where did this $100 million transfer fee come from? Bettman just pulled it out of his arse when the judge called his bluff on the “other buyers”. Was there a $100 million transfer fee to move the Jets, Nordiques, Whalers, or NorthStars? This guy is so crooked he could eat soup with a corkscrew, it puts the integrity of the whole league into question when you have a pathological liar like him involved.

  9. 9 Sens Fan Jun 10th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Wolfman Jack writes

    “This guy is so crooked he could eat soup with a corkscrew, it puts the integrity of the whole league into question when you have a pathological liar like him involved.”

    Hopefully criminal charges for perjury against Bettman aren’t too far off. This guy has made himself look like a complete idiot and a fraud. If he gets charged with perjury, I don’t feel sorry for this criminal mastermind at all. He has brought this all upon himself. Keep telling lies while you still can Gary, because you might not be around for very long.

  10. 10 Ken Connolly Aug 19th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Please help me get rid of this weasel by singing my petition

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