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Balsillie group accuses Bettman of forcing Preds to break off talks

Updated: July 21, 2007, 12:17 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.

The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William "Boots" Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.

"We were advised by Mr. Leipold that ...

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