Report: Wirtz could sell Blackhawks (from Biz forum)
Guy Legend just posted this over in the Business forum.
According to a report Friday by the Toronto Star, Wirtz is waiting to see who will be selected to lead the players union this summer before he decides whether to continue his association with the league or sell the Blackhawks.
''If the union hired someone like Bob, who just says you're lying whenever you say you're losing money, I'd put the team up for sale,'' Wirtz told the Star. ''And I think that might cause other owners to look at their own investments.''
Total bullcrap. Complete and total. If you believe for a nanosecond that he loses money owning the Hawks after concessions, parking, and recieving 50% of the profit the United Center makes for all events, I've got some magic beans to sell you.
Champions overcome. Losers make excuses.
I do not believe anything that slim ball says about losing money or anything like that, he is just trying to get the most out of the Hawks with comitting the least to the Hawks. I really hope that he sells the team it would be great for hockey to get him out of the hockey scene. Hopefully he sells them, I consider this ******* as the current Harold Ballard of hockey.
maybe he's trying to use the same "math" that the baseball owners used in '94 to say something like 75% of teams had lost money the previous year. I think the logic then was any money that didn't go in the vending machine on the first time counted negatively.
Man, I was really hopeful when I saw this thread title on the front page.
There's no way he's losing money. Not with the cap and CBA, plus all his "inside angles" with the UC.
Though, I suppose that MAYBE, just maybe, his total lack of meaningful TV contracts might mean that he's not making as much money per season as teams with strong FSN deals (Columbus, Florida, Carolina) or their own private network agreements (Dallas and ch. 57, Buffalo/Devils/Rangers and MSG, LeafsTV, Wild and Ch. 45, etx.)
Of course, that's what you get for running a 21st century team like you're still in the 1920s...
God I hope so, for the sake of the hockey starved Chicago area. This was rated one of the worst managed professional sports franchises recently by ESPN, and a change in ownership would greatly aid the rebuilding process. Good luck Blackhawks.