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Highlights from Gary Bettman’s “over-hyped” update on Coyotes sale

May 7, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

In the grand scheme of things, the best Phoenix Coyotes news from Monday night is that they have a chance to advance to the Western Conference finals with a Game 5 win against the Nashville Predators. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and potential new owner Greg Jamison addressed the media in a press conference that Bettman deemed “over-hyped.”

Even so, let’s note the highlights from what Bettman called “an update on the situation, not a formal announcement.”

First here’s this quote via Dave Vest.

“We have an understanding with Greg Jamison that we are going to proceed with he and his group to reach a formal agreement on the purchase and sale of the Coyotes,” Bettman said.

James Mirtle and others provide Bettman’s “over-hyped” comment.

“I think what was over-hyped was our mere presence [in Phoenix],” Bettman said. “We don’t have a formal update to make.”

Here are some other details gathered from the press conference itself, which streamed live on the Phoenix Coyotes’ official site.

  • Jamison still needs to finish up a deal that the City of Glendale can vote on. Generally speaking, Jamison is in the process of working with the city.
  • Jamison didn’t want to name members of his ownership group for fear of causing a “distraction.”

In other words, Jamison represents the hopeful “light at the end of the tunnel” but the league, team and city have more traveling to do. When asked about his progress with Glendale, Jamison said that he hopes it will be a matter of “weeks, not months” but the same might be said for this process. Despite plenty of early optimism, there are still no concrete answers yet.

  1. lewdood - May 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    “Jamison didn’t want to name members of his ownership group for fear of causing a “distraction.”

    I’ve heard it’s some big retirement community down in Florida. They’ve seen how well the team’s been playing and think there’s real potential there.

    What a joke…

  2. blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Breaking news from Bloomberg News …


    What an absolute load of crap ! Even back in the late 1800’s, this idiot Bettman would have been at best, nothing but a b-grade “struggling” snake oil salesman. So sorry there friends, but despite the chutzpah, this fool simply lacks substance. “New owner” my ass ! The kicker is that when our LA Kings dispose of the “financial fraud” known as the Coyotes, the joy for all of us decent folk will be that much sweeter ! :)

  3. sjsharksfan11 - May 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    “Decent folk”? You’re out of your league ya lunatic. You need to be in a straight jacket. Blonfeld I’ll be here when the Yotes wipe the floor with your overhyped team.

    • blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      *** somewhere in Sweden by a lake ***

      Daniel: Ja, how’s the fishing brother ?

      Henrik: Ja, I haven’t had a bite yet ! …

      Daniel: Ja, but look brother ! … who are these two guys coming towards us ?

      Henrik: Ja, I’m not sure ?

      Sharksfan & Thornton: hey man, mind if we join you guys for some fishing ?

      Daniel: Ja, that would be nice

      Henrik: Ja, I guess that the hockey season is over for you guys too ?

      Sharksfan & Thornton: Ja

      Daniel: Ja

      Henrik: Ja

  4. cmv08 - May 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Sharksfan, do you have a clue about hockey? Do you not see what’s happening in L.A.? Disposing of the top 2 seeded teams in the West from the eighth seed, whilst losing only ONE GAME, is pretty magnificent to those of us living where hockey has its roots. L.A. is stacked with hard-hitting, goal scoring two way players, not to mention Quick. Wow, Phoenix beat Trashville. What a pair of hockey cities. I bet both teams paid people to fill the seats. Kings in six for the West Finals, Cup winners in six.

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