You know, since I write on BWA and SBNATL, I really can't just let loose on Twitter or either site regarding how I feel about the talks between the ASG and TNSE. But this is my blog. I can write whatever I damned well please here.
And I will.
This ownership - particulary Bruce "Deal with it!" Levenson - are as crooked as the day is long. They're morons. The fact that all of them actually were able to make enough money to purchase the Hawks, Thrashers, and Philips Arena from Ted Turner blows my mind to Calcutta and back.
Money can't buy you class. It can't buy you intellect. And it sure as hell can't buy you morals.
Everyone knows that the ASG has only been able to sell the team for about six months are so. They've been playing the whole "waaah, we've been losing money. Waaaah, no one's ever wanted to buy the team... waaah, we'll DIE if we can't sell it RIGHT NOW" card for that same length of time. They'e been dealing with losses for a while. What's a few more months to properly vet ownership groups to maintain hockey in Atlanta? Hell, book the circus at Philips a few more times. You're fine. You don't have to rush this. You don't have to sell to TNSE RIGHT NOW.
I mean, you care about hockey in Atlanta, right? Wait... if you cared... hm. You'd think about all of the youth programs this'll kill. How many high school and college programs around here that won't grow like they could have before. You'd think about the league's largest fan club and the potential for dedicated fans filling the arena once the team actually plays well.
Hell, you don't even care about your reputation. Obviously not, because if people hated you before, they're really going to hate you now. How does it feel to kill an entire sport in one of America's largest cities? You feel pretty good about yourselves? I'm sure you're thrilled that so many parents'll have to explain to their kids what happened to their heroes. Why people who were growing to love the sport might not ever want to watch a game again.
I'm lucky - I have the Blues, and they'll probably never leave. A lot of Atlantans don't HAVE another team. They've grown up with or grown to love Thrashers hockey. Why the holy fuck you group of idiots can't do what a bunch of ten year olds can do is beyond me.
I hope the NFL and NBA both strike next season, and you miss your chance to make a killing with the Thrashers as the only fall/winter sport in the town. I hope that the only thing that Philips Arena sees is some Michael Jackson acrobatics show and Britney Spears' ass. Enjoy your box seats for those, guys.