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Major sports leagues support NHL stance on Coyotes

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PHOENIX -- One day before the future of the Phoenix Coyotes was set to become clearer, the NHL received some major support in its attempt to block the sale of the team.

The three other major North American pro sports leagues all filed court statements Monday asking the bankruptcy court to respect the NHL's rules on ownership transfer and relocation.

The NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball all expressed concern that the NHL's case with Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes could set a dangerous "precedent."

Judge Redfield Baum will preside over an afternoon bankruptcy hearing today and determine who controls the Coyotes.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/5/2009 (3624 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

PHOENIX — One day before the future of the Phoenix Coyotes was set to become clearer, the NHL received some major support in its attempt to block the sale of the team.

The three other major North American pro sports leagues all filed court statements Monday asking the bankruptcy court to respect the NHL's rules on ownership transfer and relocation.

The NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball all expressed concern that the NHL's case with Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes could set a dangerous "precedent."

Judge Redfield Baum will preside over an afternoon bankruptcy hearing today and determine who controls the Coyotes.

The latest batch of court filings on Monday included an email from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that confirmed he would prefer to see a team relocated to Winnipeg rather than Hamilton because of aging Copps Coliseum.

An affidavit from Coyotes lawyer Earl Scudder had previously made that claim.

One of the most challenging parts of Judge Baum's job will be sifting through the 100-plus documents filed so far and establishing which version of events is most accurate. There is a sizeable gap between statements filed by the NHL and those given on behalf of Moyes.

The discrepancies can been found in details both big and small, but generally centre around the question of which side has authority over the NHL team.

That trend continued with Bettman's affidavit in which the commissioner alleges that he has been "completely responsible for control of the ownership interest" in the Coyotes since Moyes signed a proxy agreement in November. That runs contrary to statements previously given by Moyes and others on his side.

Bettman insists that he ordered Jeff Shumway's removal as team chairman and CEO back in January: "I had the complete authority to make changes to the management structure of the club and exercised that authority."

Moyes has said that Shumway resigned.

The commissioner also challenges the sworn statement given by Scudder, labelling it "inaccurate and incomplete."

Any hope Balsillie has of bringing the Coyotes to Hamilton hinges on today's hearing.

If the judges rules that the NHL is in control of the team, then Balsillie's US$212.5 bid to purchase it out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy is going nowhere.

— The Canadian Press

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