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Ain't Gonna Happen

October 22, 2008 @ 12:04

The big sports story yesterday was that nonsense about the NHL board of governors considering another NHL team for Toronto.

It's much ado about nothing.

There's no way MLSE would allow this to happen. At any price.

It all comes down to ego, and there's no way the fellas at MLSE would risk having another team in town that would almost instantly be as good or better than the Maple Leafs.

The story suggests that the "new" team would actually become a tenant of the Air Canada Centre, and that's what would make it attractive to MLSE. They'd make millions off concessions and rent.

But to my mind, that wouldn't be enough. There's no way they'd take the chance of being the second best team in town. It would only underline how incompetent they are.

Yesterday's story suggested this wouldn't necessarily be an expansion team, in fact it would probably be an existing team from a troubled market.

Well have a quick look at the qualifiers, and just about all of them are currently better than the Leafs.

Richard Peddie and Larry Tannenbaum love money, but not that much.

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41 Responses to "Ain't Gonna Happen"

"Speyside Phil"
October 22, 2008 / 15:08

This must have been a slow sports day or something. Stupid reporters reporting on a stupid story that has absolutely no chance of becoming a reality. Ya gotta wonder sometimes!!

October 22, 2008 / 15:19

I don’t know if it’s that far fetch of an idea. Jim Balsillie has the courage and drive to do the impossible (or what seems impossible). There are plenty of fans (including corporations) who would be lining up to buy season tickets for a new team in T.O. Also, in all likelihood it would be a current team from another city.

And Fred, as for Peddie and T-baum, those slicksters DO love money and if its their best interest to have another team in this city, they would definitely allow it.

October 22, 2008 / 15:44

Did any of this come from a credible source or a couple of sports guys got hammered Monday night and made it all up

Hamilton is a logical place for a team. Makes more sense than Waterloo.
Not up on the info if they set up in Waterloo or the Hammer to they need to pay off the Leafs and Sabres?

October 22, 2008 / 15:45

Bill H2Os said yesterday re the rumour that Balsillie was helping out Nashville financially and as a favour may get a franchise. WEIRD?
They wouldn't sell Nashville to him but would take his dollars which are now .80's.
Hockey in Nashville...'get a long little doggie'.
Sent on my Blackberry while eating a strawberry.

Ian S
October 22, 2008 / 20:36

The best place for a franchise (either a new one or a transplant) would be in Kitchener-Waterloo (200,000). It is situated a half hour from Hamilton (500,000), 10 minutes from Cambridge (200,000) and 20 minutes from Guelph (200,000). Over a million hockey starved fans with money to spend. An NHL arena could be up in less than two years. Also, by putting it in K-W there's no infringement upon the territories of either Toronto or Buffalo. However, Buffalo would feel the hurt more as most of the attendees at their games come from Hamilton and St Kits.

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