Tuesday, 5 May 2009

The Brantford Walters

This is gonna be fun.

The Phoenix Coyotes have filed for bankruptcy and Jim Balsillie, bazillionaire of RIM fame, wants to buy the team and bring it to southern Ontario.

Gary Bettman really really really doesn't want this to happen.

Balsillie has set up a website to put pressure on the league. Go sign up.
I bet Bettman's head explodes when he sees that, but how's he going to get out of it? If no U.S. buyers turn up, he's got a rich Canadian offering a princely amount for an unprincely team, and a ready-made market of seven million eager hockey fans who could make the team a financial winner on Day One. Bettman's going to say no? He's going to keep carrying the team on the NHL's nickel, just because Balsillie bugs him?

Should be fun to watch. Just to up the ante, Balsillie should offer to give 10% of the Coyotes to Gretzky (who coaches the team), locate the team in his home town of Brantford -- driving distance from Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and west-end Toronto -- and name the arena after Walter. Then watch Bettman squirm.

I think the team should be named after Walter. The Brantford Walters.

MORE: Scott Morrison with more details.


Frank Frink said...

Excellent suggestion... if the team were to be based in Brantford. I think it would truly be poetic justice, though, if the team were to be renamed, regardless of which city the franchise is placed, The Jets.

You bet Bettman doesn't want to see this happen. No doubt he's shopping for prospective buyers in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, anywhere in the U. S of A. instead of Canada.

If it has to be in the USA, Gary, could you make it Seattle? kthxbai.

Skinny Dipper said...

The Brantford Blackberries?

fern hill said...

Yes, poetic justice would demand The Jets, but I love The Blackberries.

psa said...

oh cripes, send the team to mexico with that creepy little whiner gretzky and his gambling bride.

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