Anaheim Ducks to be Sold?

Recently Comcast, the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, along with Comcast Sportsnet, and other television stations including the Golf Channel, has offered to buy Disney. As we all know, Disney is the owner of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. If Comcast were to acquire Disney, one of the teams would have to be sold.
I have not found a documented rule in my quick search, but I’m nearly 100% sure two separate teams cannot have the same owner. There are plenty of legal (and ethical) reasons to go against ownership of more than one team.

This could be one of the biggest mergers in history, and may have a direct affect on the NHL. Chances are the Ducks would be sold instead of the Flyers, just because they already own the Flyers, not to mention another sports team in the same city, and a television channel that covers them nearly all day.

Assuming the merger does occur, what happens to the Ducks? They could be sold to the highest bidder, or the NHL might just take the Ducks over until an owner if found. To be honest, I don’t know what would happen, and I don’t think this has happened before.

As a longshot, the Ducks might even fold. If a new labor agreement is not reached quickly, and the Ducks still don’t have an owner, they may not have any other choice. Also, a new individual/corporate owner may look to change the location of the team to be more profitable, or for any number of reasons. The Ducks are located fairly closely to the Los Angeles Kings, so a move may not be a total surprise.

None of this is sure to happen, as it all depends on Comcast merging with Disney or not. If you wish to read up on the subject, here’s a link:

Also, Disney is the owner of ESPN and ABC. I don’t know how that could affect the situation. It may end up great resulting in more hockey on ESPN(but the Sixers are owned by Comcast too, so the same would go for basketball).

Any opinions or news in welcome. I’d like to hear others ideas on the situation.

42 Responses to Anaheim Ducks to be Sold?

  1. edmontonrules says:

    Bring em to Winnipeg.

  2. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    If a merger would mean more Basketball on ESPN then there already is, that would be a horrible thing…….I wonder what the ratio of NBA to NHL players arrested on misdemenor or felony charges is?………it has to be in the ballpark of 15-20 to 1…

  3. Kevo13 says:

    Damn straight!

  4. GretzTML99 says:

    Greedy fucking players ruining the fucking sport of hockey. When is the fucking NHLPA going to wake the fuck up and realize that they’re a major fucking cause of declining state of the fucking league.

    The stupid motherfuckers are shitting in their own fucking yard. Sure they can go fuck around with the wops in ITALY or fuck around in Scandenavia or eastern Europe but they’re not going to get the money there either. Best case scenario is they sit on they’re fat fucking asses, get fat or go play in that fucking shanty league WHA and get a fucking fraction of what they were getting the the fucking NHL. What the fuck are these fucking cocksuckers thinking????? Marketing this sport to the U.S. isn’t about getting headlines about a lockout, especially when the league is in the hole with their cockout.

    In my opinion, fuck the players fuck the league, fuck the sport and fuck this fucking site as well. Fuck You!

  5. CechmanekForVezina says:


  6. tj_hooker says:

    fucking fuckers! =)

  7. Aetherial says:

    Hahahahahah! Good one 🙂

  8. madhippo says:

    Here’s an idea, the NHL has this ginormous “war chest” for the expected lockout. Why don’t they use those funds to buy the Ducks and another team and then contract the league by two teams. This way there are far more skilled players available to all the teams. That would mean 12 more 1st/2nd line calibre players and a whole slew of prospects and grinders. (I am sure the NHLPA would object and the League wouldn’t be happy with less tickets sold…but, dare I say, the Fans would love this!!!)

    Call me crazy, but I think it’d be great. We could go back to the Wales/Campbell conference setup. 14 teams in each Conference, 8 move on to the playoffs, 6 don’t.

    With this lockout the league will have to do some radical things to get the fans (south of the border)back. They could use the expected lockout as the perfect opportunity to make changes that will make the game better….like having less teams!!!

  9. matteo says:

    I know the NBA blows us out of the water as far as Illigitimate children per athlete….not sure exactly what it is, but I saw it on a news special and it was staggering.

    I hate basketball….it is by far the dumbest game ever…..I would rather watch curling.

  10. matteo says:

    Comcast buys Disney and then promptly trades Fedorov, Sykora and Giguere to Philadelphia for Therien, a used water bottle, and Eric Weinrich’s old jock strap.

  11. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    that issue is just an example of the stupidy of the NBA player, they just dont get it………..get homeless crack whore pregnant, make payments to her for the next 18 years……those (fill in the blank)’s are dumb as a rock.

  12. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    22 fucks, fucking, fuck, motherfuckers……nice

  13. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    Clarkie is in a closet somewhere whacking off just thinking about it!

  14. trailerparkboys says:

    That sounds like a good idea, Do that now and use it as a barganning chip in the CBA . You know the NHLPA will be up in arms .

    Just tell them to agree to a 50 million cap and the league will alow 30 teams, If this goes through 60 + players would be out of work.

    P.S Can’t see it happening though.

    Bubbles out

  15. Leaf-Expert says:

    I hope Minnie fills in for fedorov. just think of how the rest of the guys would love to gang bang that giant mouse in the shower.

  16. Kyleton says:

    Well, glad you got that off your chest

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Two situations are possible in my book the flyers could take the ducks best players and sell them another is for the ducks to be sold to someone who wants to bring them to Hamilton or Winnipeg.

  18. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    By the way on the basketball I hate B-ball too and I never want it to be shown more plus is TSN owned by ESPN

  19. flyersfan10897 says:

    im not sure, but it would seem pretty obvious that the trades would have to be approved anyway,

  20. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    How I discribe the ducks:

    shit shit shit shit shit shit

    How I discribe the ducks folding would be a strong comparison to winning the stanley cup.

  21. idontlikebettman says:

    listen to this…

    comcast buys the ducks, who are owned by disney

    disney, who own abc

    abc who owns time warner cable

    time warner cable who owns the atlanta thrashers….

    so the ducks/flyers/thrashers would all be related basically

  22. HC16 says:

    Thanks, Gretz, my thoughts exactly.

  23. HC16 says:

    More hockey on ESPN? Try more Flyers games on ESPN.

    Second, do we really want to hear more from commentators who don’t have a fucking clue? I mean, half of those guys really think the Devils are good. How much talent does it really take to dump the fucking puck at the red line every time?

  24. flyersfan10897 says:

    How about instead of more flyers games, less wings and avs games, and more games of other teams.

  25. flyersfan10897 says:

    and id rather watch a hockey game and listen to it simultaneously on the radio than have to solely use the radio, or not see it at all.

  26. Lynchmob450 says:

    Quebec City would be a MUCH better fit than Winnipeg. But that is IF QC were willing to build a new rink. Either way, i hope both these cities get their team back (along with Hamilton). The NHL needs to come back to the fans…and the fans are in Canada (not in the Southern States!!).

  27. Lynchmob450 says:


  28. rojoke says:

    ABC doesn’t own Time Warner!!! Where’d you get that piece of info?

    Plus, TimeWarner sold the Thrashers, along with the Hawks, a few months ago, so that makes your point moot anyway.

  29. rojoke says:

    Disney’s been trying to unload the Ducks for at least a year now, maybe longer. There was a report a few months ago that the owners of the Sacramento Kings were interested in purchasing the team, but that story seems to have fallen off the media radar lately. And with the NHL’s current financial reports, and the work stoppage, it could be while before any franchise gets sold to anyone.

  30. rojoke says:

    ESPN has a minority stake in TSPN only. The CRTC doesn’t allow for more than 25% ownership in any media group. ESPN has at least a 20% share with Bell.

  31. Athens2 says:

    You’re a FUCKING moron…. Oh my God, I can swear too, who knew? The lack of intelligence is no excuse for stupidity. Nevermind, you probably couldn’t understand that…

  32. Athens2 says:

    LOL, nice 🙂

  33. Zamboni says:

    Disney has had both the Ducks and the Anaheim Angels of MLB on the block for a long time now. Rarely is a sports franchise a good investment in a business model, it just doesn’t have nearly the same return as more profitable ventures, it’s more of a toy for them to play with. When the business struggles, they can no longer afford the toy and it gets sold.

    The general consensus here in the world of finance is that Comcast’s offer for Disney was a low-ball one, even considering Disney’s recent struggles. This deal will likely be a long time in the making even if it does go through. There will be plenty of time for Disney’s teams to be sold separately beforehand.

  34. madhippo says:

    Man you’re a geek!

  35. OKFlyer says:

    Dont sugarcoat it tell us how you really feel

  36. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    actually its a deal that makes alot of sense for Disney, not to mention numerous previous board members have publicly stated the same. Imagine if you were 11 billion in debt, and along came someone willing to cover your debt and pay you an additional 54 billion on top……I know this is all surface issue and there are 100 other nuiances that go into it, but thats what it boils down to. On the hockey end there isnt reason to speculate, the Ducks would be sold, end of story.

  37. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    i think the owners are looking to put a cap in place of around 34 mill a team……..that seems awfuly LOW..

  38. Zamboni says:

    The issue at stake is intellectual property. Disney’s characters are worth far more than $11 billion and their tangiable assets are worth far more than $54 billion when you factor in future income potential. Board members of any company like to sell, the short terms gains line their own pockets. Fact is though, Disney is worth a lot more than Comcast has offered, and the bid will either increase, or they will start selling subsidiaries that Comcast has less of an interest in separately as the two sides negotiate to close the deal. I have really no doubts Disney would be sold, the family interest in the company is already extremely diminished. Simply put though, there will be plenty of time to figure out what to do with the Ducks and not break any league rules. I doubt Comcast will even briefly own them.

  39. KUBLI-KAHN says:

    i hear ya dude, i say who really cares anyway…..I just hope they improve the game, like contracting some of those southern teams…

  40. trailerparkboys says:

    I think if they get a cap they will start the neg 30 mill (but detroit pays 77mill now ) so I think that maby 50 mill would probley be fair.

    Bubbles out……

  41. Zamboni says:

    agreed. With any luck, they’ll put the Ducks out to pasture as an IPO, let ’em go broke, then contract the franchise!

  42. commonwealth says:

    Boy as an Avalanche fan this is really some depressing news…..

    HA! Serves them right for being owned by Disney…. I guess it’s time to bring back the old Hartford Whalers or Winnipeg Jets? All I know is both of those teams were gone by the time I was old enough to watch hockey…. so i guess it doesn’t matter.

    R.I.P. Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim

    p.s. anyone watch the season? Good stuff, plus I liked the guy saying “I hate Paul Karyia and I hope he never plays for Anaheim again…” Guess what buddy? Not only will Paul not be playing, NO ONE WILL EVER BEING PLAYING FOR ANAHEIM AGAIN!!!!

    D-Strate…. cue the violins……


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