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.