CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2009: Part I

With 2009 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on New Year’s Eve.  Thank you for your readership, […]

NHL Declares Victory Over Balsillie in Bankruptcy Case

By Dan Canavan Last week, Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected the bids of the NHL and Jim Balsillie to purchase the troubled Phoenix Coyotes out of bankruptcy.  Judge Baum’s decision effectively concludes Balsillie’s attempt to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario.  Judge Baum rejected Balsillie’s bid, which was conditioned on moving the team, as it would have […]

Gretzky Flees Phoenix Amid Coyotes Bankruptcy

By Dan Canavan Last week, Wayne Gretzky resigned as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Gretzky, a creditor in the club’s ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, defended his resignation, claiming that neither potential ownership group was interested in retaining him as head coach. As a minority owner, Gretzky was being paid an excessive salary and is still owed […]

Part II: Bankruptcy Court Yet to Rule on Phoenix Coyotes Case

By Dan Canavan Here is Part II of our observations from yesterday’s hearings in Bankruptcy Court concerning the prospective sale of the Phoenix Coyotes: Did the Coyotes Really Need to File for Bankruptcy Protection? Yes, it certainly appears that the Phoenix franchise should be in bankruptcy.  The franchise has rumored to have lost in excess of $300 […]

Part I: Bankruptcy Court Yet to Rule on Phoenix Coyotes Case

By Dan Canavan We have been closely monitoring the hearing taking place this afternoon in the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy proceedings.  As set forth in this post, the purpose of the hearing is to determine if the team is portable.  This issue will ultimately determine the value of the franchise and the fate of the Coyotes […]

Will The Attempted Relocation of The Phoenix Coyotes Help Bring The Whalers Back to Hartford?

By Dan Canavan As I touched upon in my article Phoenix Coyotes Seek Bankruptcy Protection, Sale, the NHL Players’ Association is giving up on hockey in the desert.  Paul Kelly, the executive director of the NHLPA, recently told The Hamilton Spectator that “it’s time to pull the plug’ on the NHL in Phoenix.”   Speaking on a Toronto radio station […]