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Laying Down The Chips: NLL Rock Sold To Pro Poker Player Dawick

Ontario business exec and pro poker player Jamie Dawick has purchased the NLL Rock, according to David Grossman of the TORONTO STAR. Dawick had been in discussions to purchase the team for the “past few months,” and the NLL BOG “approved the sale of the franchise last week.” Outgoing Rock President Brad Watters, who will “stay with the club during the transition, would not reveal the price tag, saying only that it was ‘in the seven figures.’” Grossman notes the Rochester Knighthawks were purchased in ’08 for $5.6M, while "other teams have sold for about" $1M. Dawick, who is “in his early 30s,” has “taken part in several poker events, including last year’s World Series of Poker.” Watters said, “He’s a great guy, very passionate about the game and is the right person needed to take this team to the next step” (TORONTO STAR, 7/1).

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