Jim Balsillie's quest for a National Hockey League team may be gripping Ontario media, but it's barely causing a ripple these days in Phoenix. After a brief flurry when the BlackBerry Knight first made his offer, the story seems to have floated right off the map.
Need proof? Have a look at the Arizona Republic's website. Today, the story ranked No. 9 on its sports site, lagging behind a softball title, a baseball player appearing on General Hospital and the Arizona Cardinals signing a fifth-round draft pick. Even then, the story is a pretty cursory examination of Balsillie's rationale for moving the Coyotes.
The Spectator's Ken Peters takes a more detailed look at the plan. He says it's clear Balsillie expects to make a profit on his investment right from the start.
You wouldn't think a multi-billionaire would need letters of reference. But Balsillie has delivered a stackl of letters of commendation from politicians, business tycoons and a charity. You'd think he was applying for a job. Have a look.
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Watch Balsillie explain his plans.