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by George Malik on 05/17/11 at 12:46 PM ET
I’m still a little burnt out from the Wings’ playoff run and a bit dippy from getting actual sleep, but our Fearless Leader’s a bit under the weather today, so the inmates (Alanah and myself) are running the asylum today. Thankfully, Too Many Men on the Site’s Chris Hueber provided a heads-up to an article from the Atanta Business Chronicle’s Carla Caldwell that has to be read to be believed:
The latest talk swirling around the financially ailing Atlanta Thrashers has the team possibly staying in Atlanta courtesy of – wait for it – Atlanta hip hop artist and producer Lil’ Jon and big-time film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. Might sound a little out there, but Bruckheimer has pockets deep enough to buy the team and several others, and Lil Jon, a big success in hip hop, and who has made many new fans courtesy of his run on the most recent installment of “The Apprentice” television show, has loved Atlanta hockey for years going back to the Atlanta Flames.
The latest twist regarding a possible future purchase was broadcast early Tuesday on WXIA-TV. The story comes amidst a growing number of media reports in Atlanta and Canada that talks are underway between the Atlanta Spirit LLC which owns the Thrashers and True North Sports and Entertainment, a group in Canada that wants to move another NHL team there. Most media reports say any new team would most likely be based in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Free Press reports this week the NHL has prepared two draft schedules for the Thrashers, one that has the team playing in Atlanta, and another with the team in Canada.
Lil’ Jon, interestingly, was featured on the Thrashers’ website in 2006, when the Stanley Cup made a visit to Atlanta. The musician proudly posed with the trophy and talked about his love for the game going back to Flames games at the Omni.
Could it happen? Yeayah! Is it likely? Erm…
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