Discussion in 'Fugu's Business of Hockey Forum' started by Fan of The Game, May 21, 2011.
It has been awhile since we have heard of him. Why hasn't his name came up?
When he decided not to appeal Judge Baums decision, he stated that he is done with the NHL and is going to focus on his Blackberry Business, and time with family and whatnot.
I dont have the link, maybe someone else does.
Thanks. I just couldn't remember. It's a shame that the NHL shunned him like they did he would have been a good owner for a Canadian team.
Can't shake the feeling - now that he's taken his pound of Bettman's flesh for previous transgressions (real or imagined) - that he's quietly talking in the background and setting the stage for a Hamilton relo "the right way".
I have absolutely nothing to back this up - it's just a feeling/hunch.
Personally I wouldn't mind if he got his team "the right way." It would be an instant rivalry for us. And I mean a real hate filled, violent, threatening, Wrath of God type rivalry.
according to mutliple sources he sat down with the NHL and the NHL made it clear they would not do business with him
They are doing business with him in multiple ways.
Jim is working his way back into the NHL's good books slowly and with the stuff the NHL loves more than hurt feelings: $$$.
He's probably looking like rich bald billionaire right about now. I'm guessing.
I still think Hamilton will prove to be a major hurdle to overcome trying to get an NHL team there, the owners of Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo would all have to approve it, considering what happened before I don't think that will happen.
I doubt he's paying much attention to the NHL, although I wouldn't be surpised if he attended the the Jets first game.
He deserves an NHL team more than half of the current owners.
He'd be like Schneider of the Redskins.
I'm not saying he'd be great for a winning team, but his mentality is what Canada needs. In the end the whole Hamilton deal was damaging to Toronto, a franchise that can ask $200 for regular season tickets to a lousy team.
in the end the whole jim ballsillie thing was damaging to Hamilton, a prospective owner that antagonized the people he wanted to partner with.
He's busy trying to not get fired because him and Mike Lazadaris are running RIM into the ground.
Not stalking ya danishh. Promise.
But ya, I certainly do agree. His intentions were honorable, his delivery & execution badly flawed. In the end, he may have poisoned the well & set the city of Hamilton back by another decade.
If only he would have waited a few more years. One day, Bettman will be relocating another franchise and Balsillie would have had a chance to place a bid, but now that's all gone for him... Unless they make up, but I think the NHL will always use it as an excuse to keep a team out of Hamilton.
Why would Hamilton be set back another decade from the actions of Balsillie? If Bill Gates (an example) wanted to bring a team to Hamilton, does he get the bum's rush because of Balsillie?
Redskins' fans hate, hate, I repeat hate Dan Schneider. He does basically what you say the Leafs do times 100. He gouges the Washington fans at every opportunity and hasn't won a damn thing.
I don't think the NHL needs owners like this.
Unfortunately, due to the hostile nature of his maneuverings through Pittsburgh, Nashville & Phoenix, Hamilton itself was painted with the same brush as his own unsuitability as an owner in the eyes of certain members of the BOG's & of course NHL administration. Painted with the same brush, wearing the same cloak. One would hope that this isnt the case, however, I lean towards cynicism over such matters. Immediate market size, lack of corporate weight right within Hamilton itself, Copps not being up to scratch, the potential harm a team would deliver to the Sabres, just a whole shopping list of negatives invoked in order to justify its denied entry. Using Bill Gates (as an example) is an exercise in fantasy. The league might let him put a team in a 2500 seater in Nunavut provided he paid for travel & other goodies. Maybe allow Wang to move up there. Its really hard to say. The waters are still cloudy being disturbed so much through the BK in Phoenix.....
Well I expect youse guys are more knowledgeable about the Redskins than I am so I guess you misspell Snyder's name on purpose but why I don't know...
They are no longer ahead oh the curve on innovation and Apple is going to take over a large part of their market. Sucks too since it's always good to see Canadian companies compete well in foreign markets.
He was trying rather underhand and backdoor tactics to move a team,they didn't like that very much.
James M. has bigger problems.
IIRC he said that he would be attending when Canada got its 7th team. Let's see if he holds true to his word.
I believe he said he wil be at hamiltons first game.
Saint Jimmy will be fine, he's a trooper
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