Bettman a buffoon if K.C. in his plans

Ouch. The Winnipeg Free Press takes a harsh pot shot at the NHL relocating to KC.

Ok, so I’m not a big proponent of the NHL coming to our fair city. But, that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit back and let some hack writer at a two-bit paper in a city about the size of Omaha make wildly inaccurate statements.

Hey, Turner, go write about some Blue Bombers player that couldn’t make an NFL Taxi Squad rather than take pot shots at a city in which you have, most likely, never visited.

Besides, it’s only exacerbated by the NHL’s stubborn refusal, in the face of astounding losses that amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, to acknowledge the Enron-ish error of their ways.

Enron-ish? Nice flowering commentary, Mr. Turner, but, please. Thousands of people lost a sum total of millions of dollars in the Enron scandal. Some of them lost all of their retirement money because Enron tied it up in company-stock, which, is now illegal as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Pension Protection Act. As far as I know, the US Congress hasn’t adopted any new legislation because Jerry Moyes lost the Tommy Bahama golf shirt off his back with the Coyotes. Your statement is silly. One guy (maybe a few more investors) are hurt by the Coyotes. Enron damaged thousands upon thousands of people.

You’re going to try selling hockey in Missouri in the heartland of the American recession?

Um, St. Louis is in Missouri and hockey has been selling well there for more than 40 years.

OK, we know there’s a brand new state-of-the-art arena just sitting empty in Kansas City desperate for a tenant. Understood. What’s the point of building an arena if you don’t have a team?

What? You answered your own question in your first few paragraphs. We needed one in KC. Just like Winnipeg needed a new arena.

Look, there is no “major tenant” right now. But, it is far from empty. Sprint Center Events How about you just say “no major professional sports tenant” and leave it at that?

Well, ask them in Nashville, where now the city (a.k.a. taxpayers) are heavily subsidizing the Predators because it would probably cost them more if the team left.

I’m not 100% sure on this one, but I do not think our city is subsidizing the arena. I know taxpayers didn’t foot most of the bill. That came from hotel and rental car taxes.

After all, the only thing better than watching one never-should-have-been NHL team go down in financial flames is watching four.

You know, Turner, you write as if the Jets had some kind of NHL legacy and that there is a God-given right that the team should have stayed there. Some would say the Jets were a “never-should-have-been NHL team.”

It was a former WHA team that just happened to be invited to the party because they won some AVCO Cups with Bobby Hull and Anders Hedberg. We all know Hull’s move was a money grab and Hedberg only played in Winnipeg because the NHL was trying to keep from having foreigners steal Canadian kid’s potential jobs. And, at first the Jets were MISERABLE — like early Washington Caps miserable. But, the Jets had no excuse. They weren’t an expansion team. Then, they had a run that was definitely Detroit Lions-like. Hardly ever making the playoffs and never even sniffing the Finals.

It looks like the Jets move to Phoenix was a bad move. But, would the league, as a whole, be better off if they had stayed in Winnipeg. Probably not. The financial struggles, lockout, salary cap, attendance problems all would have happened with the Jets in Winnipeg or Southern Ontario or a “traditional” US Hockey market who was also in the WHA and is a much bigger city — Hartford.

Here’s a look at Winnipeg’s viability as an NHL market

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