from Summit Notebook:

NHL commish takes dim view of Canadian billionaire Balsillie

December 1, 2009

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman all but ruled out the prospect for Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie one day owning a team in the hockey league.

from DealZone:

Desert Hockey

June 16, 2009

James Balsillie, the co-CEO of Research-in-Motion, can't seem to catch a break. Having failed in previous efforts to buy NHL teams in Pittsburgh and Nashville and move them to Hamilton, Ontario, he's now been shut out in his bid to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes. Arizona bankruptcy Judge Redfield Baum ruled late on Monday that a June 29 deadline set by Balsillie did not allow enough time to settle the complex case. It's a shame things were so rushed. The decision could yet be a game changer for struggling sports franchises.

from DealZone:

BlackBerry maker’s CEO sends letters of reference to sway NHL

June 3, 2009

balsillieJim Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion desperately wants a National Hockey League franchise and relocate it to his native Southern Ontario.