The NHL, Hamilton, and Bill Daly's Double-Speak

Tyler NasmithContributor INovember 10, 2009

TORONTO - APRIL 14:  NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds the sing indicating the Tampa Bay Lightning won the second overall pick during the NHL Draft Lottery TV show at the TSN Studios April 14, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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The NHL's anti-Hamilton relocation rhetoric is Orwellian.

As reported yesterday from the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto by

Daly noted Hamilton is not currently an option for the NHL because Copps Coliseum, "doesn't provide modern-day NHL economics." 
The twisted logic of Daly's comment: the existing and basically functional Copps Coliseum is less suitable for the NHL's live game/circus/arcade/shopping mall strategy than an arena somewhere in suburban Southern Ontario that does not even exist yet.

Further: Is it now the responsibility of Canadians in Southern Ontario to give life support to a dying American city like Buffalo and their revenue-starved Sabres?

If so, it seems Buffalo-born University of Toronto professor and best-selling author Richard Florida has anticipated the 21st-century "megalopolis" (i.e., The Golden Horseshoe) becoming the "dominant economic and cultural centre," absorbing other, smaller, less resourceful cities and regions beyond international boundaries.

Either way, we are witnessing the last, ugly throes of a suffocating Bettman/Daly regime hell-bent on being buried with their 20th-century corporatist ideology.

Bye-Bye, Gary B and Billy D!