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The league believed it had a deal in place last year to sell the team to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, only to see it fall through when the Goldwater Institute inserted itself into the debate and warned potential bond buyers to stay away from the Glendale offering because of a looming lawsuit.

Bettman said he believed that deal was legally sound, but the threat made it impossible to complete it. He said the deal with Jamison’s group is vastly different than the deal with Hulsizer and that he doesn’t anticipate any problems with a “third-party interference.”

“If we do, we’ll deal with it as it comes,” Bettman said.