We've seen different franchises move before, mainly from Canadian markets to American, and it has gone quite smoothly. Why are we seeing so much talk about the Predators possible relocation to Hamilton? Did the other franchises that moved have to sell 14,000 tickets in advance? No. Then why does Mr. Balsillie have to do it? Yes I know there are many factors why people don't want a franchise in Hamilton, mainly because it's too close to Buffalo and Toronto, but Mr. Balsillie has driven a bucketful of money to the NHL's doorstep and has asked for a franchise. Also, if California can support 3 teams, and the New York area can support 3, then Ontario can support 3 teams, no doubt. He payed more than three times what the Predators are worth, which brings every other team in the NHL's price up, so only an idiot would decline his offer, right? Then why are we still having so much talk about why he can't have this team? Mr. Balsillie is a businessman and a multi-millionaire, and he knows what he has to do to get his way, even if it means breaking the "rules". He looked back at Hamilton's previous tries at getting a franchise and realized that for some reason the NHL does not want a team in Hamilton, so he has to force his way in. The Maple Leafs won't allow it unless they get a bunch of money, and he won't hesitate to give them some. This man will do whatever it takes to get a team in Hamilton, and he wants the NHL to know that. There's no stopping him, and frankly he should feel discouraged for being forced to take these extreme measures just so he can have a franchise where he thinks he can make money. The NHL Board of Governors has no grounds to deny Mr. Balsillie his franchise, and they should feel honoured that a man would go to these lengths just to be a part of their league.