Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/07 at 07:46 AM ET
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
At day’s end, any distaste Bettman might still have for Balsillie would probably be trumped by the Research In Motion co-founder’s ability to help bail out a struggling team. Say, the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Thrashers aren’t going anywhere as things now stand. But that’s largely because the team’s eight owners are in court fighting for control of the NHL franchise and its basketball cousin, the NBA’s Hawks.
Sports finance experts say whoever emerges with the team may well look to sell and/or move the Thrashers.
That’s because Atlanta has failed to impress as an NHL market. “Forget about hockey,” one sports business source says.
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