Time For NHL To Shut Up On Goldwater

How long has it been on the Coyotes saga exactly? Is Judge Baum still on the bench or has he been replaced by Joseph A Walpner? The stories get nuttier and nuttier every day, and yet Bettman Inc. wonders why the MSMers are even covering it. The reason for the all the coverage is the lack of transparency” by the league.

“NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday night that the conservative Goldwater Institute “has placed a cloud on the bonds” needed to complete the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer.

“I quite frankly don’t know who the people there report to or are accountable to,” Bettman said, “but it fascinates me that whoever is running the Goldwater Institute can actually substitute their judgment for that of the Glendale City Council by, in effect, overturning a duly enacted resolution of the city and one that was enacted in public session.”

That from ESPN.com on March 9th.

It gets better, remember?

“This situation is far too serious for such game play,” Bettman said. “My hope is somehow Goldwater and Glendale can find a way to get this done, promptly.”

“Based on what we have been told by the bond underwriters, the market for these bonds — solely because of the Goldwater threat — has been impacted,” Bettman said. “In light of their conduct in this matter, I question whether this is really an organization that is concerned with the public interest despite a mission statement that calls for expanding free enterprise and support for the public interest.”

Fast forward to last week when Bettman was on the Sportnet Fan 590:

“And I hope we’re successful. Obviously when the Goldwater Institute killed the deal, it was a huge setback. Nobody expected them to do that. We didn’t think it was right that they did it, but the focus is still on making it work.”

So today what’s the league saying?????

“We believe Goldwater has become irrelevant to the process. We do not expect Goldwater to change its position,” Daly said. “We will have to move on without them.”

WHAT?

I thought they killed the deal?

Or does this simply mean that Bettman is going to pull another rabbit out of the hat?

Honestly, raise your hands out there, say Bettman somehow gets this deal to close, how many of you think this is the last we hear of financial problems with this hockey franchise?

The bottom line is this, if the league doesn’t understand why this is a big story they should be ashamed. If they want to stop all the banter and snickering they should just shut up on the whole issue. Don’t say a word. Every time they do they look like asses.

Remember the man who did his best to ruin the city of Toronto David The Garbage Strike Miller? Well the St. Clair Right Of Way Guru just can’t keep his yap shut either:

“Are you personally in favour of the transfer of MLSE’s 66% ownership from the Teachers’ Pension Plan to new ownership?
“Personally I was never one who opposed the MLSE, also because the economic commitment to sport, on their part, has never been lacking. The problem however is that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is only interested in pension investments and not to build a winning team. That’s why I’m in favour of a sale.”

So moronic even for the former mayor. Riddle me this batman, it is said that in the last year the Maple Leafs made the playoffs MLSE was putting 1m in to it’s pocket for each and every home game hosted at the ACC. In all the years that the Leafs haven’t made the playoffs it hasn’t been for lack of spending, it’s been for piss poor management decisions that have pushed the team further and further away from the playoffs (See the JFJ era). I am told that the Canucks currently put 2m in to their back pockets for every home date. I have to assume that the Leafs would make at least that over the years, if not way more. So in the way too many years the buds have gone without a trip to the playoffs MLSE couldn’t have used an extra 4+ million dollar added to the bottom line? If they only hosted 2 home games each of the last 6 years they would have made an extra 12m!!! Do pension funds typically like to leave that type of cash on the table? Anyone else still wondering why our city is in the shambles that it is ?

Sorry for the lack of posting of late. To be honest, there was nothing that caught my eye over the weekend. Seriously, maybe it was not having my kids around, but it was the most vanilla weekend in Toronto sports memory since some time last summer I would guess. I happened to be in the car for a good chunk of the morning drive this am and again for the drive home this evening. My initial impressions of the TSN Radio lineup remains intact. Richards in the morning is okay. When Brady and Lang go off on a topic that I have no interest in it’s a good alternative. Personally, I have yet to hear one of Richards moments of humour that I heard so much about. The lyrics to a song he played to intro Dan Shulman wasn’t funny in any way shape or form. When I turned on the radio he played a good 3 minutes of some nhl play by play guy screaming goal calls to the Cats midnight song. Like most SNL skits it went about 90% too long. Having said that, he knows his guests and allows them to do all the heavy lifting. He knows enough to shut up to let them talk, all without not one single what say you.

In the afternoon, Cybulski and Co are getting better each and every day. No, they aren’t on par with Mccown’s PTS. They are however a great alternative. For me personally there are many times on a given show when I am just not interested in listening to what he has on. It’s not bad radio, it’s just not my taste. Cybulski, when he settles down is a good interviewer and as a consumer I really enjoy the choice.

Lastly, why exactly is 640 still running the Watters show?

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