In franchise law, the justice is delivered to those that control access to the Courts and the political process. Only franchisors and large franchisees have that clout.
The latest proof of this policy and law bias, is that the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs should be sued in an Ontario Superior Court for their unfair dealings, racketeering and extortion activities.
That won’t happen because franchising and especially sports franchising is a monopoly game played by insider credence good cheaters.
But: Why not try the bastards in a virtual Court room? I propose a McKangaroo Court to ease our pain. A mock trial for a phony form of competition (ie. sports franchises).
Hockey Maniacs: In southern Ontario, pro hockey is a God. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been able to sell out every game for over 40 years by providing, at best, a fitfully mediocre product (eg. a competitive sports team). Think of the Big Auto before Toyota and Honda showed up.
The Leafs owner’s are monopoly players in the world’s most lucrative hockey market. A normal fan can only dream of attending a game with their kids anymore.
Jim Balsillie has been trying to bring another professional hockey team to southern Ontario for some time now. His most recent attempt is to offer over $200 million to rescue the Chapter 11 Phoenix Coyotes and move them to southern Ontario, Canada.
But other 30 NHL owners (franchisees acting like franchisors, 25 which are U.S.-based cartel) have other ideas. And the encroachment kickback to the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres is extortion: plain and simple.
The Globe and Mail reports on legal action, taken by the current owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in an article, NHL acting like ‘illegal cartel’, Coyotes charge:
“The NHL is excluding competition and restraining trade in [the United States and Canada] through the application of unreasonable restrictions in its constitution and bylaws, which are preventing the relocation of the Coyotes from Phoenix, Ariz., to Hamilton, Ont.,” said the lawsuit filed yesterday in Phoenix.
The suit also takes aim at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment [MLSE], which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, alleging it has colluded with the league for years to preserve “market power” in the Greater Toronto Area. Prohibiting relocation deprives hockey fans of “increased competition, lower prices, higher quality and more variety,” the suit alleged. WikidFranchise.org citation
Remember: monopolies are “bad” because they creates market inefficiencies and distortions that are manifested in these very real and pernicious anti-competitive practices:
- Predatory pricing,
- Tied buying,
- Short- or forced-shipping,
- Economic conspiracy and
- Refusal to deal and exclusive dealing.
Argument: The Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 governs all franchise commercial relations in Ontario, Canada.
- MLSE is acting as a “franchisor’s associate” under Section 1.1 (“franchisor’s associate, a. and b.).
- As a “franchisor’s associate”, Wishart treats MLSE is treated as if it were the franchisor (the same duties and responsibilities as the “normal” franchisor, in this case, the NHL).
- Section 3 creates an obligation by all parties: “a duty of fair dealing in its performance and enforcement.”
I think the citizens of southern Ontario deserve to have their pro hockey fix met by the appropriate franchising corporations.
The Maple Leafs and the NHL show their contempt for their real customers (ticket holders) by continuing to run their robber baron scam. For these offenses, they deserve to be sued.
And I bet there some CDN hockey nut franchise legal beagles that’d love to write up the arguments.
In this way, the problems that non-billionaire business format franchisees endure can be explained to the public while showing where the real weasels live.