Discussion in 'The Business of Hockey' started by FLYLine27*, Mar 4, 2005.
``Nothing will come of it,'' said Jacobs. ``It takes a 30-zip vote to do what is being sought. I know there are not 30 votes. It'll never happen.''
''I don't think it's realistic," said Jeremy M. Jacobs, owner of the Bruins, noting that he can't fathom such a deal in his lifetime. ''The Bruins are not for sale, plain and simple."
I wonder if they would be interested in purchasing about 18 teams, cutting free the weak sisters and making a strong 24 team league, in which they own 50%?
Never say never!!! Remenber the pa saying we will NEVER EVER accept a salary cap, and then you know what happend. If the price is right anything is possible.
pffft..let 'em sell 24 Lex...Let's go all the way back to a super Original 6 League.
That way we'll play each other at least every other week.
Do you know Jeremy Jacobs ?
Do you have any idea how much he'd ask ?
He'd want that 3 billion for himself !
I personally love the idea of the NHL being centrally owned and managed. I also agree that if the price is right - say in the 5 billion range with larger market ownership groups getting a higher payout - that it could happen.
One must consider that the current owners are in the business for a few reasons. One is that they might hope that it would be profitable and another is that they actually liked the idea of owning an NHL franchise. The later is more likely as there are plenty of other investments out there that would be better then the NHL.
I think it really has to be an all or nothing deal for the offerers. There is no point in buying half the "lesser" franchises and attempting to form a league because they'd be missing the better franchises who would be considered the true NHL. The best they could hope for in that case would be an IHL type league. 2nd rate to the NHL.
The only way they could get around not buying all 30 franchises would be by getting the majority of the big boys. New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Colorado, Boston, Chicago, etc. All the least likely to sell.
Sounds like a central management deal for the NHL would solve any issue of large market-small market.
Then again, they could pull the plug on any franchise that it wanted and move them as they saw fit.
Goodbye Edmonton, helloooooo Houston!
No, he'd just sign the new owners to a lifetime contract with his concessions business for all the Arenas!
When will this story die!
Too many teams are profitable and even taking marked value for all the clubs ($4.9B according to Forbes) it wouldn't make financial sense for the Leafs and Flyers. Not to mention the egos of the current owners.
If this meant no more Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa then no thanks.
I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen the other way around. Eventually some small market teams may band together and try to make a separate deal with this group. If this group can sway Lemieux or Gretzky, there's going to be a stampede of small market owners wanting to sell.
You are soooooo right !
BUT he doesn't talk about that...that's Delaware North's money..not the Broons..
and then there is the Fleet ...oops I mean the BankNorth Garden ..
Isn't it risky to have all the teams centrally owned by "the league"? Smells a lot like wrestling to me... oh the drama this week, threats and bodyslam in the car park, all live on your tv!
My real question : what is Game Plan International? What kind of companies are they? Sports advisory firm? "What does that do?"
that is kind of what I was suggesting: buy all the small market teams and relocate/fold any that stand no chance of profitting in their current location. You have a league with 8-12 franchises owned by one group.
The outfit that just bought the Ducks could turn a nice profit without ever icing a team .
Good to see we're not all sheep being herded to slaughter.
or like NASCAR, which is currently owning up all over the NHL... oh and MLS.
There is that danger, but the CHL (Central Hockey League) has shown it can be done without turning things into a circus.
Its an awful idea and if it ever happened, I would never watch a minute of hockey again.
That doesn't help the 12-15 other teams who can't.
not saying it does..
Just interesting...timing is everything I guess. The Board of Directors of Disney would really kick themselves.
Here is an article some of you may find interesting:
Cherry Picking the NHL
How many clubs are required to approve a sale of one team to a new owner? Is it a simple majority? Is there not provisions that forbid non-arms length parties from owning multiple franchises?
Sounds very risky to me....
That's exactly what will happen. Players will be traded from team to team to further "feuds" and media hype.
Performance measurement and reward system mechanisms could be implemented to prevent such situations from occurring.
It would be very much in their interests to ensure that the management of the individual teams remain independent so as to retain competitive credibility.