could an airline dispute interrupt the nba and nhl seasons?
Old 09-05-2009, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Airline dispute affects NHL - The Globe and Mail

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A dispute between Canada and the United States over charter airline flights is causing havoc for sports teams across North America and could disrupt the coming NHL season.

Transportation officials in both countries have banned charter airlines carrying sports teams from making multiple stops, something that had been allowed for years. If the bans remain in place, NHL teams will have difficulty playing back-to-back games in the United States or Canada and could be forced to return to their home country between each game. The ban also affects the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors.

The impact is already being felt.

Miami Air International, a Florida company that provides charter services for the Blue Jays and five U.S.-based NHL teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins, was told this week to cancel nearly 60 flights to Canada in September for NHL preseason games. The company must also drop four Jays trips.

Dallas-based Paradigm Air Carriers, which flies the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, has to cancel six flights for September. Air Canada, which serves several teams including the Raptors and all six Canadian NHL teams, has been told to drop all team contracts.

The bans “represent a potentially big problem for our teams,” said Richard Peddie, chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors.
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Multi-billion dollar companies we are talking about here. Trust me there will be no delays .. The leagues are just gonna have to empty their pockets a little.
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They could use a bus but that would take more time...
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