It Would Appear Rangers, Stars Bound Together Even After Tom Hicks is Out of the Picture
Right now it looks like the Rangers would get the better end of the deal -- 70 percent of ownership of whatever that "joint venture" may be. That probably makes sense: Hockey falls somewhere between curling and buzkashi in terms of highly rated broadcast sports. Still, it sucks for the future owners of both franchises, who Tom Hicks has managed to keep in the same potato sack long after he's gone. Writes Kaplan:
The commitment could tie the hands of each team's buyer, experts say, and close off other media opportunities.Update at 11:01 a.m.: Dan Kaplan is also reporting that Jeff Beck -- no, not that one, this one -- wants to buy the Rangers. 'Course, once upon a time, he and son Scott were gonna redo Deep Ellum too. And that didn't happen either.
"It could become very complicated in terms of length of a deal, rights fees per game and how to treat sponsors," said Mark Lazarus, the former Turner Sports executive who now is president of media and marketing services for Career Sports & Entertainment. "I wouldn't want any restrictions on things I could do, to be burdened with another franchise's issues."