by PuckStopsHere on 07/17/11 at 03:06 PM ET
The Atlanta Thrashers are no longer an NHL team. However controversy still exists surrounding them. Many fans are still owed money that they put down on tickets for the 2011/12 season. Here is an article on the situation. It seems that the Atlanta Spirit Group is delaying as long as possible to refund money. People who put sufficient pressure on the group to force a refund have been recently paid, but many have not received their money yet.
From the article:
A disgruntled Atlanta Thrasher season ticket holder told Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland that it’s been a big hassle trying to get his refund on next season’s deposit.
Strickland discovered gauging the scope of the problem was a hassle too.
“It’s just been one excuse after another. Where’s my money at? Where’s my refund? It’s been well over a month from the time it was guaranteed to be sent back to me,” complained fan Brad Lyons.
Strickland called Lyons’ ticket representative. James Desmond refused comment and hung up the phone.
The Atlanta Thrasher website assures that money will be refunded after the NHL Board of Governors approves the sale and relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg. That happened on June 21st and the website has not been updated and money has not been returned.
This is a final piece of bad news that the Atlanta Thrashers have given the NHL. It is inexcusable and is attracting attention from the Better Business Bureau as well as possible lawsuits and law enforcement.
The Atlanta Spirit Group has played fast and loose with the truth in order to try to get people to pay for tickets in the 2011/12 NHL season for a franchise they knew wouldn’t exist and then has delayed as long as possible the return of the money. They have refused to communicate with the fans they owe as to what is going on. I think this behaviour is criminal. It is one final black eye they are putting on hockey in the Atlanta market.
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