“One of the sources confirmed that the sale is about to be consummated, but declined to identify the buyer.
The news was expected to come as a surprise to team officials of the Hawks, who were not aware a sale was imminent as they prepared for the NBA draft. SI.com learned of the sale hours before the draft, though the news is not expected to influence the Hawks’ decision-making during the draft.”
This doesn’t sound very promising. This shows that there is little communication between the EVIL Atlanta Spirit Group and the team’s officials. I just hope the isn’t sold to another ownership group that can’t agree on any decisions.
The Atlanta Spirit issued a statement saying “we have spoken with a number of parties, but at this time, there is no deal in place, nor is there an exclusive negotiating agreement in place.” Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said Thursday the team had no further comment.”
This is the same kind of statement they made before they sold the Thrashers. This is merely to buy time before breaking any real news. Typical PR move here…
“The Hawks ownership group last month sold the Atlanta Thrashers to a group that will relocate the franchise to Winnipeg next season. The Hawks owners have spent the last two to three years seeking minority investors in the NBA team.”
What do you think? I feel that the franchise can only succeed more if the team is sold (hopefully to an owner with a drastically different philosophy on running a team). I can’t wait for a sale to happen, but I’m also expecting a catastrophic mismanagement of the team’s personnel & image in the process.