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Tom Hicks Looking To Renegotiate Stars, Rangers' Debt
Published April 6, 2009
|Hicks' Company Has Stopped Making
Interest-Only Payments On Loans
NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Hicks said, "We're doing this to get everybody's attention so they'll make a decision and cooperate with us. This is really between me and the banks and the lenders to HSG" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/4). Hicks in an e-mail also said, "There is no possibility of banks owning the teams" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 4/3). In addition, the NHL said that it is "not worried about the future" of the Stars. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail said, "We have no concerns about the Stars' ability to carry on." Daly indicated that the NHL is "not helping Hicks find new investors for the Stars" (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/4). Meanwhile, Hicks did confirm that he is "seeking buyers for a minority stake" in both the Stars and Rangers. Hicks: "We continue to interview prospective partners for the team, and we are optimistic because these are two strong long-term investments for the right people" (FINALTERNATIVES.com, 4/3). Hicks, who owns 95% of both teams, last week said that he was willing to let prospective partners purchase up to 49% of each club. Hicks Friday said, "I'm bringing in minority partners, so I can pay off the loans. I wouldn't normally do that. In this particular environment, that's what we should do" (AP, 4/4).