The joke starts with word from the Hamilton Spectator that the city councillors say Balsillie “wants them to approve his proposal to lease Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Convention Centre” at their meeting next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Balsillie’s mouthpiece, Toronto lawyer Richard Rodier, is telling the newspaper in Nashville, The Tennessean, how upsetting it is to read all this stuff about the Predators being moved to Southern Ontario. “It’s very frustrating reading all this wild speculation,” Roder said. “This team is not going anywhere as long as the lease is in place.”
The doublespeak is certainly understandable considering he doesn't even own the team yet, but it's just going to make things that much uglier in the end.