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Madison Square Garden LP may lose ownership of the New York Rangers as a result of its antitrust lawsuit against the National Hockey League, according to a proposed disciplinary letter filed in U.S. District Court.

The antitrust? The Rangers did not want their website to be part of the NHL’s conglomeration of team websites.

Official NHL press release:

The National Hockey League today filed a counterclaim against Madison Square Garden, L.P. (“MSG”) seeking a declaration from the Court authorizing the Board of Governors to proceed with disciplinary proceedings against the ownership of the Rangers for material breaches of the team’s contractual commitments to the League and the other 29 Member Clubs, as well as for compensatory damages stemming from those breaches…

To backtrack a bit, last year MSG filed a suit against the NHL, basically saying they were monopolizing NHL teams by taking control of their websites, thereby limiting each team’s individual marketing potential.

The NHL wanted the Rangers’ website to adhere to the league’s common technology platform, but MSG argued that such control violated antitrust laws

The judge in that case ruled that the NHL had a right to take control of the websites.

And now, the NHL is threatening to take ownership of the team away from MSG if they DON’T CONFORM TO THE WEBSITE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM.

Seriously. Chastise them. Fine them if you want. But this, this is just going overboard. It’s like the collective ego of the NHL brass took Viagra overnight and woke up with a raging hard-on that could only be cured by buttfucking one of its most popular teams.

Too bad they are going to end up fucking themselves in the ass with this one. As Bettman and the NHL try oh so hard to find the popularity and audience of the other major league sports, they do more and more to make sure that it will never happen. This is not what is known as a good PR move. Then again, Bettman was never known for those.

Bettman noted that the NHL constitution also prohibits league members from resisting or trying to prevent termination in the league through the courts.

So, basically – they will keep you bound and gagged, and you have no recourse outside of trying to negotiate with the very people who reamed you.

I hate Gary Bettman.

Ah, I see I’m not the only one to make a penis reference in regards to this matter. I don’t know what that means, but I like it.

Of course, Fire Bettman chimes in on this.

Update: I’m reading a ton of blog posts about this – those of you who are actually happy about this because it could mean getting rid of the Dolans, be careful what you wish for. Really, think about it. The Dolans own MSG. Do you really think if it came down to the unlikely scenario of Bettman actually going through with this thread, that the Rangers would still exist as you know them, that the Dolans would let a team they no longer own play in MSG? No, this will be a complete and utter disaster for the Rangers and their fans. As much as you might dislike the Dolans, this is the time to hope to the gods that things fall in their favor.

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