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Tom Glavine Interested In Helping Keep The Thrashers In Atlanta

Glavine was drafted by the NHL Kings before choosing a career in baseball
Former Braves P Tom Glavine Thursday said that he is interested in "keeping the Thrashers in Atlanta," and he is "willing to do whatever he can -- perhaps even becoming a partial investor -- to help ensure the city does not lose an NHL franchise for a second time," according to Chris Vivlamore of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Glavine said that he has spoken with Atlanta Spirit co-Owner Michael Gearon Jr. He also has "had more in-depth conversations with team president Don Waddell." Glavine said, "I’m trying to do whatever I can do to keep the team here. Whether that is putting together a group locally or finding someone from outside the area. Any way my involvement will help, I am willing to do it." Glavine, who was drafted by the NHL Kings before choosing a career in baseball, attended the Thrashers' season finale on April 10 and "met with team officials." He said, "To be perfectly honest, I don’t have the money to buy the team. I could be an investor. I could go down that road. I’m not saying I will or I will not." Vivlamore notes the process "has not moved to the point of signing a non-disclosure agreement to look at the organization’s financial records." Waddell has stated that there are "talks ongoing with three groups interested in purchasing the Thrashers franchise and keeping it in Atlanta" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/22).
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