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Sunday, February 27, 2021

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There’s no season this year, and no guarantee that the next one will start on time, but billionaire Henry Samueli is buying into the NHL anyway, picking up the Mighty Ducks from Disney.

Let’s see: Hockey owners claim to be bleeding cash year after year, in the millions — and this guy want to join in. He must be real stupid, huh?

Not that this will change most people’s perceptions. The story will be spun as Disney getting out of failing sport, further proof of the NHL’s falling fortunes, blah blah blah. Not as an arena operator acquiring another securing another booking event in whole and thus maximizing his business.

Samueli said he fully intends to keep the team at the Pond, and that he won’t be changing the name to Los Angeles Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Arte Moreno, who bought the Angels from Disney in 2003, recently caused a stir by changing the team’s name from Anaheim Angels to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Yes, I missed the chance to riff on the one-city-Angels-of-another-city marketing ploy. If the Ducks or any other team (hello, football Giants and Jets?) join in, then I can sit back and marvel.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/27/2005 01:52:12 PM
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  1. Humans shouldn’t be fighting. This takes fans away from a great game where the rules or the expectations for conduct are too low for parents, ie consumers, to endure. I hope everyone involved sees that ridding the NHL of fighting is the next step.

    Comment by rich lightner — 02/27/2005 @ 02:30:42 PM

  2. We also shouldn’t be spending large percentages of our incomes on sporting events, yet we do. The NHL has become a boring trap-fest, at least the fights are fun. The NHL has my family’s attention with fighting in the game and I hope it remains there.

    Comment by Jamie — 02/27/2005 @ 03:36:37 PM

  3. DUCKS, MINUS MIGHTY

    When Henry and Susan Samueli bought the Anaheim Mighty Ducks from Disney nearly a year ago, they promised not to pull that tricky Los-Angeles-Team-of-Anaheim maneuver that’s bedeviling the MLB Angels.
    That didn’t mean that the name would…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 01/27/2006 @ 05:43:03 PM

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