While I usually write about anglophone issues in Quebec, I can't help but feel a pang of sympathy for the fans of the Phoenix Coyotes and since I haven't read a word in support for the loyal fans of the NHL team anywhere, I shall endeavour to say a word on their behalf.
As an ex-Montreal Expos fan, I as well as thousands of other people can attest to the painful experience of losing a professional sports team.
Five years later, it still hurts.
Although I'd like to see another team in Canada, the present drama is cruel and unusual punishment for the Coyote fans.
Like in Montreal or in Winnipeg, or in Quebec City, perhaps there isn't enough interest and perhaps the financials don't add up, but it doesn't mean that there aren't any passionate fans in Phoenix.
It's sad to see these people ignored.
Not one word about them from any commentator or sports writer and in fact the only one to speak out on their behalf is Commissioner Gary Bettman who's interest is as sincere as a three dollar bill.
Jim Basille and Gary Bettman appear to be two hard asses taken from the same mold.
I hope the affair doesn't drag out as it did in Montreal.
The worst case scenario would be a long drawn out court room affair.