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Preds ownership change priority before relocation talk

Updated: June 21, 2007, 12:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Without a binding agreement between Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, talk of the team relocating to Canada is strictly premature.

That was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's stern message Wednesday after a meeting of the league's board of governors.

Leipold and Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, agreed to a term sheet for the transfer of ownership of the club, but that is nonbinding. The delay ...

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