After months of preparation, Quebecor believes he has done everything in his power to convince the National Hockey League (NHL) to grant him a new concession for the city of Quebec.
After a meeting at the offices of the NHL New York Tuesday, the chairman of the conglomerate and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said that the ball was now in the court of the NHL.
“We made our presentation and it is now in the hands of governors of the NHL, he said during a brief media. This is their process and their decision. ”
It was the third stage of the expansion process, which also involved a group led by Bill Foley wanting to get a team in Las Vegas.
Nevertheless, the expansion issue has been a subject of many at the meeting of the Board of Governors, explained commissioner Gary Bettman, during a press conference in the late afternoon -midday.
To reporters, he remained stuck to his guns, saying the review process continues and no timetable has been set for a decision.
“It’s not like a part of 60 minutes where we will have a result after half past two,” Bettman illustrated.
“We are in a process, he added. This will lead us in different directions, raise many questions that require answers. Once (the process) completed, the Board of Governors will be able to evaluate and decide. ”
The NHL commissioner has also suggested that the cost of obtaining an expansion franchise could reach US $ 500 million. This is a significant jump from the amount of US $ 80 million that had had to pay the leaders of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild when the circuit is increased to 30 teams in 2000.
For nearly an hour in front of the executive committee of the NHL consists of 10 team owners, sponsors the return of the Nordiques have studied four main themes: the owner, the amphitheater, the business plan and the market capacity.
They wanted to ensure that among other representatives of the NHL have noticed that Quebec’s economy had changed radically since 1995, when the Nordiques packed up to Colorado.
Mr. Mulroney was accompanied at the presentation of the CEO of Quebecor (TSX: QBR.B), Pierre Dion, Chief Financial Officer, Jean-François Pruneau, and the leader of the sports and entertainment division, Benoît Robert.
If he was satisfied with the presentation, Mr. Dion did not want to comment on the possibility that the slice Bettman circuit during the next meeting of Governors, on 7 and 8 December in Pebble Beach, California .
“It is in the hands of the league, he repeated to journalists. We will continue to remain discreet and patients. ”
The President and CEO of Quebecor conceded, however, that the presentation the day before the first professional match at Videotron Centre between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins gave weight to the arguments of his group.
“The comments that people were positive,” said Mr. Dion.
Images of this clash, played before a crowd of 18,259 spectators, were also presented at the meeting with the NHL offices.
The owners of the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and as the Carolina Hurricanes were present at the meeting.
Quebecor is trying to revive the NHL hockey in Quebec City after an absence of 20 years to bring a team in the new Centre Videotron officially inaugurated on September 12.