NHL Board of Governors denies relocation to Winnipeg

It’s an unlikely occurrence, but it could still possibly happen. If you take a quick look back at history and Jim Balsillie’s numerous attempts to purchase failing franchises and relocate them to the Hamilton region, you can see there’s a small likelihood of this happening.

Shortly after True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE) announced its intent to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers from the Atlanta Spirit Group, it went on a drive to 13,000. That is to say, sell 13,000 season tickets in attempt to demonstrate the community is entirely behind the relocation of the NHL to Winnipeg. Around the same time back in 2007, Balsillie partnered with Ticketmaster to accept deposits for season tickets to the Hamilton Predators – the then proposed name for a relocated team from Nashville.

In a single day they reportedly sold 7,200 tickets…which unfortunately blows the first day sales of Winnipeg out of the water with roughly only 4,000 sold. Of course there are other factors at play in the relocation of any franchise to Hamilton. There’s the proximity to the Buffalo Sabres, which have been quoted as not being opposed to an NHL franchise located in Hamilton. But there’s also the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the population base is definitely large enough to support the two franchises, there’s no way the Leafs would like a competitor in their backyard. Why?

Well it comes down to business. Dollars and cents. The Leafs are the highest generating revenue team in the entire league. That’s a good thing, considering that they’re one of the original six. It started back in the lockout days when the franchises were concerned about losing money. It was at that time that Bettman told the various ownership groups that the salary cap would allow them to make even more money and generate higher revenue. Of course, they all agreed.

So here we are, waiting on a group of guys to formally approve the transfer of ownership from Atlanta Spirit to TNSE and the relocation, which includes a $60 million relocation fee. It seems to be a formality at this point, but the transfer of ownership still requires a 75 percent approval from the Board. Shockingly, the relocation only needs majority approval. Logic would suggest that if 75 percent approve the transfer of ownership, at least the same amount will approve the move.

As a true Winnipeg fan, all I can do is sit and wait for the official word. And then we can really start to worry about the name


Edit 2011-06-21 12:42 CT:It’s official! NHL Board of Governors unanimously approves NHL return to Winnipeg

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  • Gg

    bullshit headlines assholez

  • Gg

    bullshit headlines assholez

  • Anthony Leek

    Wasn’t the first day of sales for Winnipeg with pre-season Moose ticket holders? In fact, the first three days, they slowly allowed Moose season ticket holders to purchase, not just all at once. And when things opened up on the Saturday to everyone, they sold out in 2 minutes with 8,000 (which was the cap) people on the waiting list two hours later….

  • Anthony Leek

    Wasn’t the first day of sales for Winnipeg with pre-season Moose ticket holders? In fact, the first three days, they slowly allowed Moose season ticket holders to purchase, not just all at once. And when things opened up on the Saturday to everyone, they sold out in 2 minutes with 8,000 (which was the cap) people on the waiting list two hours later….

    • Anonymous

      That’s true. A very valid point. The purpose was really to comment on the fact that the BOG still needs to approve…which we all know will happen.

  • Gg

    bullshit headlines assholez

  • Anthony Leek

    Wasn’t the first day of sales for Winnipeg with pre-season Moose ticket holders? In fact, the first three days, they slowly allowed Moose season ticket holders to purchase, not just all at once. And when things opened up on the Saturday to everyone, they sold out in 2 minutes with 8,000 (which was the cap) people on the waiting list two hours later….

  • http://twitter.com/PBonomoMB Phil Bonomo

    “Balsillie partnered with Ticketmaster to accept deposits for season tickets to the Hamilton Predators – the then proposed name for a relocated team from Nashville.
    “In a single day they reportedly sold 7,200 tickets…which unfortunately blows the first day sales of Winnipeg out of the water with roughly only 4,000 sold.” 
    You’re forgetting that the first three days of Winnipeg ticket deposits were staggered, and not open to the general public; deposits for corporate, Manitoba Moose season ticket holders and Moose mini-pack ticket holders were given priority over the three days before the sale opened to the general public, leaving less than 6000 tickets available. Those remaining tickets were snatched up in less than two minutes once they became available.
     
    Supposedly nearly 250,000 requests for tickets were made online when the general sale began. I suspect that if the entire ticket base had been open to the public from the start, it would have taken mere minutes to sell out all 13,000 deposits.
     
    Did I mention the waiting list that was created after the tickets were all sold, which hit 14,000 before it was capped at 8,000?

  • http://twitter.com/PBonomoMB Phil Bonomo

    “Balsillie partnered with Ticketmaster to accept deposits for season tickets to the Hamilton Predators – the then proposed name for a relocated team from Nashville.
    “In a single day they reportedly sold 7,200 tickets…which unfortunately blows the first day sales of Winnipeg out of the water with roughly only 4,000 sold.” 
    You’re forgetting that the first three days of Winnipeg ticket deposits were staggered, and not open to the general public; deposits for corporate, Manitoba Moose season ticket holders and Moose mini-pack ticket holders were given priority over the three days before the sale opened to the general public, leaving less than 6000 tickets available. Those remaining tickets were snatched up in less than two minutes once they became available.
     
    Supposedly nearly 250,000 requests for tickets were made online when the general sale began. I suspect that if the entire ticket base had been open to the public from the start, it would have taken mere minutes to sell out all 13,000 deposits.
     
    Did I mention the waiting list that was created after the tickets were all sold, which hit 14,000 before it was capped at 8,000?

  • http://twitter.com/PBonomoMB Phil Bonomo

    “Balsillie partnered with Ticketmaster to accept deposits for season tickets to the Hamilton Predators – the then proposed name for a relocated team from Nashville.
    “In a single day they reportedly sold 7,200 tickets…which unfortunately blows the first day sales of Winnipeg out of the water with roughly only 4,000 sold.” 
    You’re forgetting that the first three days of Winnipeg ticket deposits were staggered, and not open to the general public; deposits for corporate, Manitoba Moose season ticket holders and Moose mini-pack ticket holders were given priority over the three days before the sale opened to the general public, leaving less than 6000 tickets available. Those remaining tickets were snatched up in less than two minutes once they became available.
     
    Supposedly nearly 250,000 requests for tickets were made online when the general sale began. I suspect that if the entire ticket base had been open to the public from the start, it would have taken mere minutes to sell out all 13,000 deposits.
     
    Did I mention the waiting list that was created after the tickets were all sold, which hit 14,000 before it was capped at 8,000?

  • Tookthetrip

    What a lame ass article. This is the second time you’ve come up with an irresponsible, untrue headline just to create traffic to your site. You won’t see me coming back here again…

    • Anonymous

      I beg to differ. The headline/title is definitely something that will get people to click. But when you read it’s pure education. The fact of the matter is that the BOG still needs to approve the sale and relocation. Unfortunately because we’re not the Winnipeg Sun or Winnipeg Free Press, who also do these kind of articles, you’ve pushed us down your list. We’re sorry to hear, because we have a lot of great content, including this article. It’s a fact that the BOG still needs to approve it.

      In a few hours we will all be celebrating the OFFICIAL return of the NHL to Winnipeg.

  • Chris

    You are also conveninently forgetting that Winnipeg sold 3, 4 and 5 years comittments!

    13,000 seats were sold for a MINIMUM duration of 3 years. Therefore, Winnipeg actually now holds the record for season ticket committments in NHL history (39,000 seats). The 8,000 seat lower bowl had 4 and 5 year committments so even without counting the upper bowl, Winnipeg fans committed to between 32,000 and 40,000 season tickets!

    Chris, Founder http://www.whiteOUTnation.com

  • Dave Blahut

    How can you say that Hamilton’s ticket drive of 7,200 tickets in a single day blows Winnipeg’s out of the water?  Winnipeg sold 4,000 in 2 MINUTES for the next 3-5 years and only because they sold out.  There are another 8,000 that have paid to be on the waiting list in the couple hours following the sell out and that 8,000 would have been more if it were not capped.

  • Jmc11

    This site does nothing but leave me bewildered and upset. I checked out this site a few times and 2 of those times, the “articles” have been ridiculous. It’s too bad because all we are looking for is some interesting, feel-good stories. Fuck the worst-case scenario stuff boys. At least for now. Why post about a possible no vote when Daly, Bettman, and multiple GM’s already made it clear there would be no problem getting an unanimous decision?