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03-23-2013, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by HamiltonFan View Post
The nhl constitution is unclear on that point, just as it is unclear on many other subjects... On one hand, section 4.1 states that: "each Member Club shall have exclusive territorial rights in the city in which it is located and within fifty miles of that city's corporate limits." There's also a clause in the constitution that says that bettman has the right to interpret any issues in the way he sees fit, so it's basically whatever he says goes.
Well yes & no, that bit about the Commissioner deciding whats what at his leisure is a By-Law, not entrenched in the Constitution, so ya its crazy. As the thing was drafted in like 1917 and I assume some revisions made over the intervening decades, that particular clause appears to be an original & non-amended one, trumping the latter addition altogether along with the aforementioned By-Law, which I believe is 13.1 or thereabouts.

Did the original signatories have even a clue about such things as back then beyond imaginings of a Megalopolis? So why dont we use the use the 1917 City of Toronto's "Corporate Limits"? Without looking it up, whatre' we talkin with that one? Like Bloor & Danforth to the north, Bathurst to the west & maybe the Don River & Valley just past Rosedale to the east? Hell, the Beaches were just that back then, "cottage country" for many who had shacks out there instead of up north on Simcoe or in Muskoka. Fifty miles west from Bathurst, well, it doesnt make sense. You just cant have your cake & eat it too.

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