Friday, July 18, 2008


Random Ramblings On The Mess in Nashville

by Jes

Over at FanHouse, Kevin Schultz pointed out the fact that the NHL's screen process for potential new owners leaves a lot to be desired. Instead of a slum-dunk owner like Jim Balsillie (a guy who actually knows hockey), we get corporate crooks like Henry Samueli, the train wreck that is the new ownership of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and now this whole "Boots" Del Biaggio fiasco.

As an accountant, I know that any multi-million dollar purchase requires a whole lot of due diligence. If you are handing over the keys to the castle, you have to make sure the buyer actually has the money, and won't burn the place down after a couple of weeks.

Reasons for due diligence:
1. To ensure the dude has enough $ to pay for the purchase of the team.
2. To ensure the dude has enough $ to sustain the team and keep it going.
3. To ensure the dude won't ruin the team and/or bring harm to the team(run it into the ground, give it a bad name, etc)
4. To ensure dude's reputation/criminal record/dealings won't hurt your own name/brand/business.

As we well know, the NHL did not do its due diligence on "Boots" Del Biaggio, and the guy didn't have all of the money he claimed to have.

To rub salt in the wounds? Doug Bergeron, one of the potential investors for the Preds, recalls "Boots" bragging about how easy the NHL was on doing their homework. (Assist to Mirtle)

"Boots bragged to me that he was able to convince Bettman's office to overlook the need for his audited financial statements because it was too much work."

So, why isn't Bettman feeling more heat for this?

In almost any other industry, failing to do your research on such a buyer would land you on the firing line. Instead of looking like a professional business, the NHL appears to be an old boys country club where friendships matter more than actual business acumen.

Honestly, I haven't been following this story all too closely. If you want to know more, head on over to "On The Forecheck" blog where our favourite Preds blogger has the full analysis of this sick situation.

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It's pretty fucking amazing... Nevermind any of the other stupid, stupid things he's done or allowed to happen, just the way he's handled the Nashville 'situation' ALONE should be enough to get him drummed out of town. What a friggin' crock.
Maybe its because it would take too long for the Count to count up in the millions...

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Give Bettman a break guys... Ever since Eklund saved the Preds, he had no reason to worry about incoming owners...

1) After the John Spano fiasco you'd think that Bettman would have learned to not believe someone is wealthy beacuse they say so.
2) No wonder the players don't trust the league, etc. Its being run by a bunch of crooks!
I think that what's being forgotten in all of this is that Gary Bettman isn't personally responsible for bringing these clownboats into the League.

The owners are, through their representatives on the Board of Governors. Gary Bettman is the owners' man, which is why the owners keep him around--to blame him personally for something that each and every owner voted on is more than a little foolish.

So yeah, may want to be careful where those fingers get waved--you may wind up poking yourself in the eye.
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