We rely on impeccable sources in the league and the financial industry who say authoritatively that the Blue Jackets are a "potential" candidate for sale. Sorry I can't be any more detailed about it. The fact that they could "potentially" be for sale, as we wrote, doesn't mean that anyone wants to buy them. Mr. Belson and I didn't mention every team that might be for sale but trustworthy people who know about teams that are potentially for sale say the Blue Jackets are on that list.
An interesting reply, wouldn't you say? I suppose my question is now, "If the Jackets might be for sale but that doesn't mean that anyone wants to buy them, why publish the Jackets' name when just about ANY team could be potentially for sale?" For example, if I owned the Anaheim Ducks and someone offered me a billion dollars unsolicited, would that make the team potentially for sale? Sure would. (And I'd sell!)
Also, he "didn't mention every team that might be for sale" but did mention the Jackets. Why? What makes the Jackets' position so special as to place them in the front of the line on this list of pie-in-the-sky possibilities?
Again, another unsatisfying answer. Perhaps that this whole dialogue centers around a rumor rather than a fact makes it doomed for a non-satisfying resolution. I am heartened, though, to know that people like Sandomir and the Jackets' Todd Sharrock dignify serious questions with replies.
UPDATE: I tossed those followup questions at Mr. Sandomir, and his answer was pretty straightforward....
the Blue Jackets name came up constantly.So there you have it.