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SBD/May 10, 2011/Franchises
Grassroots Efforts Underway To Attract NHL Franchise To Portland
Published May 10, 2011
TURNING ATTENTION TO THRASHERS: In Atlanta, Chris Vivlamore wrote the “clock could start ticking on the Thrashers this week” with the city of Glendale scheduled to vote today “on whether to pay another $25 million to the NHL” to keep the Coyotes in the city. The $25M would be used by the Coyotes “for operating expenses and would keep the financially struggling team in Arizona for one more season.” The proposal is “expected to pass.” Vivlamore wrote with the “situation in Phoenix settled for at least another year, True North Sports and Entertainment, a group interested in purchasing the Phoenix franchise and moving it to Winnipeg, Manitoba, could turn its attention to the Thrashers” (AJC.com, 5/9).