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I refuse to give up hope. The Coyotes are going to have to move somewhere.
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If it happens, it happens. I'm not going to worry about it because I think, unfortunately, the window of opportunity has passed by Hamilton. Copps gets older every day, the suburban GTA has the money and the market to make something happen. The GTA will steal yet another thing away from Hamilton.

But really, I think Hamilton needs to stop chasing pipe dreams and keep working on the little things.
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If it happens, it happens. I'm not going to worry about it because I think, unfortunately, the window of opportunity has passed by Hamilton. Copps gets older every day, the suburban GTA has the money and the market to make something happen. The GTA will steal yet another thing away from Hamilton.

But really, I think Hamilton needs to stop chasing pipe dreams and keep working on the little things.
Copps is already pretty much already obselete from an NHL standpoint, so its continued aging does not make all that much difference.

A simple argument can be made that the Leafs would sooner allow a Hamilton team than a more nearby team, though both possibilities seem pretty far away at the moment.

It is possible to try to get the big things while chipping away at the little ones. The NHL may well be a pipe dream, but I don't imagine that keeping the dream going costs too much in terms of man-hours.
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NHL Blackberry Sponsorship Means Balsillie Still In The Game

Jun. 7 2011 - 2:37 pm Mike Ozanian, Managing Editor of Forbes SportsMoney

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Anyone watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on Comcast’s Versus and NBC networks must be a bit amused by all the advertisements for Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.

RIM is run by billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has been repeatedly rebuffed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his attempts to buy a team. RIM is paying over seven figures for its sponsorship. Turns out that Bettman, according to my source, has told Balsillie that if he behaves himself and doesn’t create any more spectacles or bad publicity for the league, he will eventually get a team.

Given the cantankerous history between Balsillie and the NHL, I wonder if it will be the Phoenix Coyotes?

http://blogs.forbes.com/mikeozanian/...l-in-the-game/
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I doubt anything will come of this.

RIM and the NHL's business relationship really has nothing to do with Balsillie's attempt to secure a team. Business is business.

Plus MLSE and Buffalo will still get in the way... nothing will change that except a HUGE cheque which I doubt anyone is will to throw their way.
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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=368346

Bam. Bettman says if Jimmy shuts up he will get a team.
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I bet he doesn't want a franchise anymore. RIM is getting Crushed (with a capital C!) in the electronics industry right now.
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Wanting to own an NHL franchise is a pretty big passion.
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Bam. Bettman says if Jimmy shuts up he will get a team.
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if Balsillie has indeed been offered an olive branch by the NHL, it’s news to the league.

“No, we have not had any conversations or communications with Mr. Balsillie or any of his people regarding the potential acquisition of an NHL club,” NHL vice-president Bill Daly said in an email response Thursday.
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Welcome to the boards. these people are liars.
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If Hamilton wants an NHL team, they're going to need someone other than Balsillie to bring it. RIM reported their earnings today and it wasn't pretty. Their stock dropped 15% in after hours trading. They also announced that there'll be job cuts.

Balsillie's net worth is dropping every day and I doubt he'll have the desire to purchase a team.

As usual, this city is where dreams go to die.
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Don't worry. RIM is still raking in billions, and the stock is way undervalued.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43425791...s-motley_fool/

Wasn't too long ago that Apple was having problems too.
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Don't worry. RIM is still raking in billions, and the stock is way undervalued.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43425791...s-motley_fool/

Wasn't too long ago that Apple was having problems too.
Apples and oranges (pardon the pun).

By the time RIM comes out with something that competes, they'll have fallen too far behind. I hate seeing this happen, but it can't be ignored. Most of Balsillie's worth is in RIM stock, and it's under $30 now and will drop even further in coming months. I don't see how he can afford to buy a team and pay off Buffalo and Toronto.

If no-one else steps up, then this dream is dead.
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A newer PlayBook will come out in the fall just in time for Christmas.
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A newer PlayBook will come out in the fall just in time for Christmas.
The 4G playbook? That's not a big deal... just the same playbook with 4G capabilities. It was supposed to be released in July, but like most things with RIM - delayed.
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A newer PlayBook will come out in the fall just in time for Christmas.
So will the iPhone 5.
Who's gettin RIMmed now!? lol
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Price And Relocation Preventing Sale Of Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment

TORONTO - JANUARY 13: Michael Santorelli #53 ...

http://blogs.forbes.com/mikeozanian/...entertainment/

For a while now the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has been interested in selling its controlling interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company for the Air Canada Centre, NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors, and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.

There are two reason why a deal has yet to happen:

The first is price. While some sports bankers have said MLS&E could go for over $2.2 billion if sold to a media company like Rogers Communications that can leverage all the sports programming, a person who saw a financial analysis of MLS&E last year said the combined assets were valued at $1.5 billion. The $700 million premium sought by the fund is too rich.

The second is relocation. There a good possibility that Phoenix Coyotes or another struggling NHL team could be bought by Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie and relocate to Hamilton, in which case the billionaire would have to pay a territorial rights fee to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The timing and amount of that payment is making the sale of MLS&E more complicated because Ontario Teachers’ does not want to leave $70 million or so on the table.
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