Friday, September 15, 2006

Pittsburgh Blackberrys

It looks as if Jim Balsillie will be the next to have exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Balsillie is the CEO of Research In Motion (Blackberry).

Canadian top bidder in hunt for Penguins

Now, the question for KC sports fans is, "Would Balsillie be interested in moving the team to Sprint Center?"

It would seem the answer that that question is "No".

Balsillie, who has declined comment, was the secretive Canadian bidder who nearly signed a letter of intent with the Penguins in mid-July. He backed out when he realized it wouldn't be simple to move the team. It's believed he wanted to relocate it to Hamilton, Ontario, which is near Waterloo.

The guy is a Southern Ontario native and seems to have no interest in any markets other than Pittsburgh and Hamilton, Ontario.

It seems clear that Balsillie, a native of Peterborough, is entrenched in southern Ontario.


At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not too sure about this...reports out of Canada say the opposite, but we shall see. He definitely has the coin....

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im from Toronto, and the last thing we need here is another hockey team. Unless the NHL wants the New Jersey devils part two. People here only care about the leafs as far as hockey goes.

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
The question of relocation is about market share. Since the days of Leafs owner Harold Ballard, Toronto has continually produced poor to subaverage hockey clubs and still maintained sell-out crowds with ticket prices that are unrealistic to purchase even if you could. Huge numbers of Canadians drive to Buffalo to experience an NHL game and cheer for their own team. Please do not speak for me as I live in Southern Ontario and I would not cheer for Toronto if they were the only Canadian team in the NHL. The truth of the matter is the Buffalo Sabres stands in the way of another Ontario expansion or relocated NHL team. With a decline of Canadian support, their market share would certainly fall. That being said, with the current team Buffalo has, a younger fan base is sure to grow and increase their ticket sales. As far as Basillie and the Penguins goes, you will never see an NHL team in Hamilton, Ontario. However, the Penguin's days in Pittsburgh I think are numbered. Basillie is smart and has very deep pockets. I am betting on the Waterloo, Ontario area (2009) if Buffalo gets paid off. As far as Leafs fans.... you'll never win another cup as long as fans keep paying top dollar for second rate teams. Toronto represents Toronto, not all of Ontario. And sorry Pittsburgh, but your coming north.
Glenner, Southern Ontario

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