Sport: On Thin Ice

First they lost their cheerleaders, then their paychecks, and finally the New York Golden Blades lost their home and name. The cheerleaders, called the Golden Belles, were hooted off the ice for their hokey pregame shows. The paychecks stopped when the last-place team went broke and only resumed when the World Hockey Association stepped in to keep the team skating. Then the Blades were evicted from Madison Square Garden and forced to relocate in Cherry Hill, N.J., a suburb of Camden, as the Jersey Knights.

The problems of the Blades-Knights are unique in degree...

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