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Battle for Coyotes continues in court

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The NHL made its case for keeping the Coyotes in Phoenix for the upcoming season in United States bankruptcy court Wednesday.

The hearing before Judge Redfield T. Baum adjourned Wednesday without a decision on whether Jim Balsillie, the Research in Motion executive, could take part in an auction for the Coyotes. There was no immediate word on when the judge will rule on the issues.   

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly were both in attendance at the courthouse.
   
An auction for the Coyotes is slated for Sept. 10. Although no decision was reached, it appears more and more likely that the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix for 2009-10. Balsillie's camp told Baum it would even be willing to move the club during the season -- an idea that NHL representatives quickly shunned.
   
"You want to talk about disruption of families and players and the fan base," League attorney Shepard Goldfein said. "I don't think that's ever happened. I'm not aware it's ever happened."

Material from wire services was used in this report.


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