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Bell Canada to Offer Stanley Cup Playoffs on BlackBerry


Bell has an exclusive on many sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and this year they’re offering the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a wide range of Bell smartphones including BlackBerry. Users on Bell will be able to catch the playoffs live and features the ability to:

  • Listen to live audio broadcasts of all games for all teams.
  • Watch in-game video highlights, streamed video of classic games, “best of” clips, podcasts, special event coverage, interviews and expert Fantasy insight and analysis.
  • Get real-time alerts with information on goals and game scores.
  • Download official NHL ringtones and wallpapers.

Bell’s NHL service is included in select Smart bundles, or is available for $8 a month plus applicable data charges. The following BlackBerrys support Bell’s NHL service: BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9000, BlackBerry Tour 9630, BlackBerry 9530 Storm, BlackBerry 8330 Curve, BlackBerry 8130 Pearl, BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip.

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Jim Balsillie Wins Business Newsmaker of 2009


Jim Balsillie keynote

Jim Balsillie recently won Canada’s 2009 Business Newsmaker of the Year, chosen in an annual survey of editors and broadcasters by The Canadian Press. With his exploits trying to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, as well as being the co-CEO of one of the fastest growing tech firms in North America, Jim is almost always in the headlines.

In 2010, I’m predicting Jim will not only buy an NHL franchise, but he’ll play right wing during their first game in Hamilton and score the winning goal with 15 seconds left in the 3rd. Also, Don Cherry will have to wear lipstick for every subsequent Coach’s Corner, having bet Jim it would never happen.

[Read it on CB]

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Free hockey scores application available in App World



There is a free app in App World called Hockey Scores that lets you check NHL scores across the league. The app is updated frequently but it’s not clear whether it takes advantage of the Push APIs from RIM, which would push the scores to the device in near-real time.

Hockey Scores is free in App World and available for almost every device.

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NHL on your BlackBerry



The Regular season of the NHL is back. Here are just a few ways that you can keep up with scores, info, and highlights when you’re away from the Den or the Sports bar.

Viigo: Being the ultimate mobile news app, Viigo has extensive sports options. You can get live scores, examine team rosters, league standings, even subscribe to team and news RSS feeds for all your Hockey news needs. Viigo has even partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs to deliver news and info to their fans:

“We’re excited about our partnership with Viigo which gives our fans unprecedented access to all the information they want to know about the Maple Leafs, where they want and when they want,” said Chris Hebb, Senior VP of Broadcast and Content for Maple Leaf Sport. “Viigo also makes it very easy for Leafs fans to share information about their favourite hockey team with their friends and family anywhere in the world instantaneously.”

Here’s a guide to help you get Viigo set up for your custom mobile NHL news.

Download your free copy of Viigo for Blackberry

ScoreMobile: a leader in sports Programming in Canada The Score and has built a custom app featuring:

  • Up-to-the-minute boxscores
  • Fantasy player stats
  • Dynamic home screen icon
  • Live blogs
  • Detailed game previews
  • Detailed recaps

Download your free copy of ScoreMobile BlackBerry

The Hockey News: Hockey journalism favorite The Hockey News has a Polar Mobile app featuring in-depth articles, as well as quick scores, standings, and stat updates.

Got to THN.mobi to download The Hockey News app

Make it Seven update: only Jim Balsillie and the NHL are left


Ice Edge Holdings have withdrawn from the auction for the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving only Jim Balsillie and the NHL left in the auction.

PSE Sports and Entertainment, the company used by Jim Balsillie to bid for the team, have recently upped their bid potential to $242.5 million USD. The condition of the bid of course, is that the team be relocated to Hamilton in order to give Canada its 7th hockey team.

The NHL is bidding $140 million, but plans to sell the team immediately after acquiring it.

So lets take a look at the last two candidates:

Jim Balsillie – Hockey lover, esteemed business man and the largest bidder.

The NHL – Protectionist boobs who want to flip the team like an old house.

According to the Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, “the league intends to resell the franchise as promptly as possible, hopefully to an approved owner who will keep the club in Glendale.” But Glendale have already shot themselves in the foot on this one. They had the chance to come to an agreement with Ice Edge Holdings, but it wasn’t going to happen. While it’s not clear why, Ice Edge told the media “We couldn’t get there with the City of Glendale.”

So the City is too greedy and the NHL are bidding too low for a franchise they don’t even want.

Can this please be over with already?



Make it Seven Update: Melnyk and Balsillie getting heated



Things are getting pretty heated between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Jim Balsillie.

Recently, Balsillie was rejected as a potential owner of the Phoenix Coyotes by the league’s governors because he was deemed to be lacking “good character and integrity.” Jim responded by suggesting in a document filed to the bankruptcy court that “the NHL has long tolerated indicted and even convicted criminals among its ranks.”

The Melnyk and Balsillie trouble started when Balsillie singled out Melnyk, who was fined $1-million for alleged violations of the Canadian Securities Act and ordered to step down as director of his company, Biovail, for one year. Sound familiar?

Both Mr. Melnyk and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly fired back at Mr. Balsillie. “I have watched with some dismay Jim Balsillie’s fall from being a deserving business icon to what now appears to be a desperate man willing to say anything or do anything to buy an NHL franchise,” Mr. Melnyk said in a release.

“In a recent legal filing, he dragged me into his hurricane of legal filings and panicked pleas and cited me as someone who is lacking the personal integrity to own the Ottawa Senators hockey franchise. I’ve tried to reach Jim through his office to find out why he would say something like this about me — we barely know each other– but I’ve received no response.”

“I will say in response publicly that his willingness to drag down anyone he can get his hands on along with him is discouraging and saddens me. Jim and I both found great success in our Canadian businesses. And that is where the comparisons stop.”

Balsillie also took aim at Bruce McNall, owner of the LA Kings, who was sentenced to almost six years in prison for defrauding several banks of more than US$236-million.

While it may be a good strategy to point out the inconsistencies in what the NHL is saying, it’s my personal opinion that Balsillie should have simply focused on the good he does, rather than the bad things others have done. Balsillie has a plethora of ventures that are indicative of a businessman with character and who invests in the country and institutions that brought him success. Here are just a few from his Wiki:

  • In 2000, Balsillie provided $10 million of personal funds towards the founding of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, adding to the $100 million already contributed by fellow RIM executive Mike Lazaridis.
  • In 2002, Balsillie founded the Centre for International Governance Innovation with $30 million of personal funds.
  • In 2007, Balsillie donated $50 million to the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation as part of a $100 million initiative to create the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Sure, Balsillie has made some aggressive business moves and does leverage the media to get what he wants, but none of this suggests a man who lacks character.