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SBD/January 24, 2011/Franchises
Atlanta Spirit Sues Law Firm For $200M Over Botched Thrashers Sale
Published January 24, 2011
TRUTH & LIES: In Atlanta, Bill Tiller noted Atlanta Spirit "denied" several times that it was looking to sell the Thrashers, "only to reveal in court documents recently that they had indeed looked to do just that." Atlanta fans should not be "terribly shocked to learn that one of … if not THE … most dysfunctional collection of businessmen ever to own a sports franchise actually dared to speak untruths to their paying population." Tiller: "Given that those who make up this mess of an ownership have done enough damage to this franchise since acquiring it, the best thing for the franchise and its fans is for them to find a new buyer and stop doing more damage" (AJC.com, 1/22). Also in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz wrote, "They told you they cared. They lied. ... They told you not to pay attention to any of those rumors of the Thrashers being for sale, although they eventually admitted begrudgingly that, yes, they were looking for 'investors.' They lied." Now the owners "can't figure out how they’ve burned so many bridges in this town why fans still feel too angry or worn down to show up for a pretty decent team." Schultz: "If Atlanta loses its second NHL franchise, it won’t be because the sport failed here. It will be because ownership and management failed" (AJC.com, 1/21).