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Tuesday, May 19, 2021

Being a hockey fan, I’m well-accustomed to the denigration of the sport in general and the National Hockey League in particular, to the point where they’re not considered to be on the same relevancy level as the major-league editions of football, baseball, and basketball. So it is that, for instance, a dissection of the identity crisis suffered by Columbus (Ohio) lists as one problem the lack of any major-league sports teams in the city — disregarding the local NHL club and thereby underlining the lack of consideration for hockey as a big-league concern.

But when the sportsbiz calls for some time in front of the judge, it seems that the Big Three consider their on-ice brethren to be cut from the same cloth as they are:

The NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA have lined up in support of the NHL’s court fight to block the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes and move to southern Canada.

The other major sports leagues, including the office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig, filed statements in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday in support of the NHL.

All three statements ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to “respect the National Hockey League’s rules and procedures regarding ownership transfer and relocation.”

The statements of baseball and the NBA ask that the court “not set precedent that could severely disrupt the business of professional hockey,” baseball, basketball and other major league sports.

The NFL statement had similar wording, asking the court to avoid a “precedent that has the potential to undermine or disrupt the business of professional hockey, football or other major league sports.”

Nothing like litigation to bring family members together. Not that the economies of scale, labor issues, and political-economic arena strategies didn’t already make it obvious.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/19/2009 09:24 PM
Category: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, SportsBiz, True Crime
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  1. Not considering hockey a “major” sport in this country is idiocy, plain and simple. I don’t get how that’s ever been a sane discussion. Good deal.

    Comment by Tom Biro — 05/21/2009 @ 1:55 PM

  2. “Sane” or not, it’s an attitude plenty share. Simply, since they never watch or follow the NHL, it doesn’t exist to them. So people develop a vague sense of pro major-league sports as being limited to the Big Three, with their weak-sister out of the mix. Those of us who know how the sportsbiz works, of course, know better.

    Comment by CT — 05/21/2009 @ 2:59 PM

  3. there will always be a cultural of resistance to Hockey because it is not homegrown. This is natural. The fact that it has made it to the level that it has despite this is incredible. In Canada, the other 3 have not achieved the same lofty heights where Hockey, and only Hockey is King.

    Comment by DM — 06/05/2021 @ 3:19 PM


    So much for the Hamilton Coyotes. Bankruptcy court rejected Jim Balsillie’s attempt to buy the Phoenix NHL franchise and relocate it to southern Ontario:

    [Judge Redfield T.] Baum shot down the claim by Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and Balsillie that ….

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 06/15/2009 @ 11:04 PM

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