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Sources Dismiss Report That Hawks Sale To Alex Meruelo Is In Jeopardy
Published October 27, 2011
TIME FOR A CHANGE: In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz wrote Meruelo's deal to buy the Hawks falling apart "would be bad news." Atlanta Spirit “is a damaged brand at this point and new ownership is needed.” Meruelo does not “bring any guarantees as to how good of an owner he would be, but he certainly would provide a needed new face in the executive suite” (AJC.com, 10/26). Also in Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote the “refreshing part about Meruelo is that this franchise’s checkered history doesn’t faze him, but there’s now a chance he could become another paragraph in the tangled tale of woe.” And then “we need ask: If not Meruelo, who?” Bradley: “Could anyone in Atlanta summon up one iota of enthusiasm for yet another season of Hawks basketball as presented by Atlanta Spirit?” (AJC.com, 10/26).