Last Friday, Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said he has promised to make an offer to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes in an effort to keep the team in Arizona. Thats all fine and dandy, but what Reinsdorf is doing is not in the best interest of the game.
Yes, Phoenix is a wonderful city, with a lot of people with money, but its a retirement community. I think this is one reason that professional sports teams have a hard time being accepted here. There is no sense of identity to Arizona based teams for people who have just lived here for only a short time.
The Suns are "the" team in Arizona, and I would say that no other team comes even remotely close to them in popularity. The Cardinals, yes they did go to the Super Bowl from out of nowhere, but this team doesnt get the support that it deserves considering it has been there for over 20 years.
How many times do you see the Cowboys come into town, and they outnumber the Cardinal fans everytime they play in Arizona?
Another team that I think could be better suited to move to Canada are the Florida Panthers. Miami is another wonderful warm weather city, but the people of that area really could care less if they have hockey where they live. The atmosphere at a Panthers home game is almost library-like.
The crowds the baseball team, the Marlins, get are embarrassing. To make matters worse, here is an organization that has given Miami not one, but two World Series Championships over the past 12 seasons.
The NHL would be better served if at least the Coyotes would move to Hamilton, Ontario instead of staying put. When the economy was booming 10 years ago, teams were moving from Canada to sprawling cities in the USA.
But like Bob Dylan said, "The Times They Are A-Changin". The city of Hamilton would support the Coyotes through thick and thin, and last time Ichecked things are pretty thin.
Michael Perry is an oddsmaker with Logans.com.