He burned many bridges with them. Need I even mention the Verizon Tower incident?
I also recall last year that the new owners said that at the time they bought the team, the Devils were involved in over two dozen (IIRC) lawsuits at the time of closing. They said they knew they had some, but were surprised at how many there actually were at the time of the closing (that I am not sure I believe that they were caught off-guard as to how many exactly).
I clearly remember 2 of the lawsuits from the JVB days. One was Centerplate suing JVB for non-payment, thus the reason why they switched to Aramark for the last year of his ownership and last year with the new ownership. The other was JVB suing the vendor whose employees cleaned up the arena after each event. Jeff claimed they did a bad job and that they caught some of their employees drinking out of half-empty beer bottles/cups while they were cleaning. I also want to saw there was a lawsuit between Jeff and the Newark Nut Company but cannot remember for sure. I think it was over their contract.
Two dozen lawsuits? Did JVB realize he was running a hockey team and not a law firm?