In pro sports, there’s always a lot of chatter about potential ownership groups in various cities. And a lot of talk is simply B.S. For instance, there was talk about Milwaukee being a potential NHL home. Milwaukee! That sort of talk is utterly ridiculous. Realistically, there’s a small number of cities where NHL expansion is feasible, and the two cities where there are solid ownership groups and new arenas — Las Vegas and Quebec City — are also where potential owners submitted a $10 million expansion fee, with all but $2 million refundable.
One gets the sense NHL officials know this: when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced his circuit was soliciting expansion bids, he mentioned only Seattle, Las Vegas and Quebec City. And while it’s pretty clear the NHL would love a Seattle bid, none was forthcoming: Chris Hansen is clearly focusing on a return of the NBA, and the door is certainly not closed on buying a team. (Indeed, a new Milwaukee arena as of now is far from a done deal.) Still, with only two bidders and NHL officials saying they’re not going to extend a dead, the league doesn’t have many options. From TSN:
Quebecor Inc. confirmed their bid to bring back the Nordiques with a tweet. Their group, led by president and CEO Pierre Dion, was even in Las Vegas for the announcement and confirmed their interest then – making Monday more of a formality. The 18,259-seat Videotron Centre will host the Penguins and Canadiens in a preseason exhibition on Sept. 28.
The group led by Bill Foley in Las Vegas has already secured 13,500 season-ticket deposits from individual fans – not corporations or casinos. They reportedly filed their bid under the name Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC, which also includes members of the Maloof Family.
Foley said a while back that he’d like his potential franchise to be named the “Black Knights,” a tip of the cap the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he attended.