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Balsillie Tweet Dangles Nashville NHL Play - Debunked

By RTH Staff
Published December 21, 2010

Update: according to this article, the @jimbalsillie twitter account is phony, suggesting this story is just a ruse. Well played, fake Jim Balsillie. Well played.


Jim Balsillie, CEO of Research in Motion and a long-time proponent of an NHL hockey team in Hamilton, just posted a tantalizing message on his long-dormant twitter account:

Hi again, social friends! Very early morning. Nashville bound today! And not to learn how to write a country song. Stay tuned.

Back in 2007, Balsillie tried to buy the Nashville Predators and move them to Hamilton to play in Copps Coliseum, but the deal fell apart between local resistance in Nashville to the team's move and opposition from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

More recently, Balsillie tried in 2009 to buy the Phoenix Coyotes out of bankruptcy and move them to Hamilton, but again the deal fell apart after the bankruptcy judge rejected his purchase condition that the team move to Southern Ontario.

More to come as this story develops.

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By HamiltonFan (registered) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 10:40:14

Interesting. I was just reading this in Forbes online:

"At least 7 franchises are on the block including the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues. None of these are elite NHL teams financially and only the Stars and Kings can expect to attract bids of more than $200 million."

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By UrbanHealthProf (anonymous) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 10:42:05


From @TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie
The @jimbalsillie twitter account is apparently not legit. Will attempt to get definitive word. So go back to Christmas shopping. :-)

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By Tybalt (registered) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:00:00

Yep, according to this 2009 story, it's not Jim.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_da...

Had me going, gosh darn it.

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By JoeyColeman (registered) - website | Posted December 21, 2010 at 13:11:39

Damn, it's not even April 1st.

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By That's ok we Have Waterfalls in Hamilton (anonymous) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 14:12:56

We already have a Hockey team in Hamilton. They're called the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Go out and support them people.

3,000 per game average is pathetic for a city that likes to tell the world they deserve an NHL hockey team.

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By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted December 21, 2010 at 14:29:13

Exactly person with really long anonymous handle. (smiling)

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By cityfan (registered) | Posted December 21, 2010 at 14:59:11

I'd like to see RedBull by a NHL team and call it the Bull$%#t's!

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By PT2 (anonymous) | Posted December 22, 2010 at 16:39:08

Yeah, we can't even keep our CFL team. The NHL must be drooling to come here.

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By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted December 23, 2010 at 13:59:45

@PT2

Where exactly do you think our CFL team is going to go? If you believe the noise coming out of 1 Jarvis St I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you ..... cheap.

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