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SBD/November 22, 2011/Franchises
Gaglardi Takes Over Stars With Goal Of Returning Franchise To Prominence
Published November 22, 2011
|Gaglardi spent more than a year
pursuing ownership of the Stars
FILLING A LEADERSHIP VOID: In Dallas, Mike Heika writes Gaglardi "will offer the team the ability to spend money." He also "gives the team direction and the ability to fill out the sales and marketing staff." But what Gaglardi "really offers is passion." The last two seasons, with lenders and the NHL "in charge, the team on the ice has too often reflected that unattached leadership." The Stars "have lacked the extra drive to get the job done." They have played "too often before tiny crowds and couldn’t get the burst of energy when they needed it most." Fans "clearly felt that lack of passion and stayed away" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/22). Also in Dallas, Kevin Sherrington writes the "most important person he brought along, if you're a Stars fan, was Jim Lites." Lites "had been part of another group bidding on the Stars," and Gaglardi "could have advised him to beat it." But he "kept hearing that Lites was just the guy to help rebuild the fan base." Gaglardi believes that to fill seats, "they 'must get out and spread the word' about a dynamic young team" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/22).