I am not much of a fan of ambush-interviews but an enterprising reporter might just make a name for himself/herself late tonight. Recall after “The Decision” that Cavaliers’ owner, Dan Gilbert said the Cavaliers would win an NBA Championship before LeBron James won one. James and the Miami Heat can win one tonight and that leaves Gilbert open to an ambush-interview.
Earlier this week, CBSsports.com had a report indicating that the NHL might need to take over a second franchise. The league took over the Phoenix Coyotes after bankruptcy proceedings and is still in the process of selling the team to an owner who will promise to keep the team in Phoenix. The league had someone willing to buy the Coyotes but they feared he would move the team to “Southern Ontario” so the league took control of the team instead. I have argued for years that the NHL is not going to enjoy constant success with its “Sun Belt” teams because there is no tradition of ice hockey in those locales. However, the possible new candidate for NHL seizure is the New Jersey Devils.
According to CBSsports.com, Devils’ owner, Jeff Vanderbeek, has a “mountain of debt” and that manifests itself as a money problem for the franchise. Other reports say that Vanderbeek is in negotiations to sell a part of the Devils’ franchise and then to use the proceeds of that sale to pay off a bunch of his debt that is already past due. Of course, the NHL has officially denied any intentions of the sort outlined in the CBSsports.com report; but if Vanderbeek is about to bring in a major partner with the Devils, the league will surely be involved in vetting that individual regarding his “appropriateness” as a league owner. Perish the thought he might consider taking the team to “Southern Ontario”…
Talk about a nightmare scenario… If the CBSsports.com report is correct and the league does take over the Devils, the NHL will own/run two franchises at the same time.
Holy Conflict Of Interest, Batman!
MLS got away with that kind of league ownership of multiple franchises early in its existence while it was still learning to crawl before it started to walk. The NHL has been around far too long to fall into the category of a fledgling league or an upstart enterprise.
I do not understand the ins and outs of this situation at all, but one report in the NY Post referred to a bankruptcy proceeding and to a mid-August deadline related to that bankruptcy proceeding that hung over the Devils’ franchise and Vanderbeek. Mid-August is only 8 weeks hence; this might become very interesting.
The good news in this for the NHL is that they ought not to have a “devil of a time” selling the Devils. There is a hockey fanbase in northern New Jersey/New York and the team has drawn well in recent years. We shall see…
Sticking with hockey for a moment, Jimmy Kimmel had this line regarding the LA Kings victory in the Stanley Cup Finals:
“There’s a great tradition in hockey. Each player on the winning team gets the Stanley Cup for a night. It’s similar to what happens in the NBA, but instead of a trophy, they get a Kardashian sister.”
Allow me to insert a small Public Service Announcement here:
In case you did not realize, June is National Accordion Awareness Month.
Seriously, how many people over the age of 12 are unaware that there is an annoying musical instrument out there known as the accordion? When I ran across that tidbit, it reminded me of a line I heard from a stand-up comic once:
“A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion – but doesn’t.”
Steve Simmons had this item in and amongst a bunch of other things is a recent column in the Toronto Sun:
“Grey Cup people take pride: The City of Indianapolis lost $1 million playing host to this year’s Super Bowl. Most of the money was lost in policing and security costs. The average Grey Cup nets several million for the group playing host.”
Let us assume for just a moment that Professor Simmons is correct here. One of the “selling points” that the NFL and owners make to local and state politicians regarding the benefits of new taxpayer-funded stadia is that the league might deliver the largesse of a Super Bowl game sometime down the line. Well, if this report is correct, holding a Super Bowl in a city after its citizens pays to build a new stadium merely compounds the felony.
I suspect that if a reporter had the temerity to ask Roger Goodell about this kind of financial impact by the Super Bowl on its host city, the Commish would answer with the modern-day football equivalent of:
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…
There have been plenty of less-than-uplifting reports coming from the Sandusky trial in Pennsylvania. However, this one was really TMI…
After having been confronted with the imagery of alleged anal rape of young boys in a shower in the Penn State athletic facilities and having processed those images in such a way to file them in my mind as “Truly Disgusting”, here is what one of Sandusky’s accusers revealed on the witness stand:
When the witness and Sandusky were showering together, Sandusky called himself “The Tickle Monster”.
My life would have been complete without ever having to add that imagery to the imagery I already had filed under “Truly Disgusting”.
Finally, Dwight Perry sought to solve two problems at the same time recently in the Seattle Times:
“Two contestants say the Miss USA 2012 pageant was fixed. The WBO is investigating its title-fight judging.
“So can we just give Manny Pacquiao a tiara, and call it even?”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………