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Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 6:08 pm

With the Thrashers' future on very shaky ground in Atlanta, a local legend might be stepping in to help.

Tom Glavine is interested in putting together a group to buy the fledgling franchise, telling an Atlanta radio station he hopes to organize a group to purchase the team, but he "makes no promises."

It's been a nasty ownership situation in Atlanta, both with the Thrashers and the Hawks. There was a rift among the ownership partners that spiraled into an ugly situation upon the transfer to new owners, Atlanta Spirit LLC. With all that, the Thrashers look close to skipping town.

It's well-chronicled that Glavine was an excellent hockey player before deciding to go with baseball as his pro choice. Many thought he made the wrong decision, but it seemed to work out pretty well. The longtime star for the Braves (and Mets) was drafted out of high school by the Kings.

Since retiring from baseball, he has been a season ticket holder for the Thrashers and coaches his son's hockey team.

Indications are Glavine wouldn't be able to foot the entire bill (around $80 million to $100 million), so he'd need some fellow investors to join in. But at this point for the hockey fans in Atlanta, this is excellent news. The fact the team has been losing money hand over fist and somebody is still interested in buying the team to keep it in town is great. Just makes it better it's coming from a local favorite.

Forbes valued the Thrashers 29th out of 30 teams in the NHL.

-- Brian Stubits


Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:12 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

The Thrashers need to move to Winnipeg ASAP. The team has horrible attendance and hockey has already failed once in that market. Bettman is out of his mind to think that there is enough of a fan base in the south to support the NHL.  Phoenix is in the same boat and should be playing somewhere in southwestern Ontario very soon but since the local government in Glendale is so daft and forked out $25M to the NHL, they get a reprieve for one more season. 

I don't know why people think that putting a winning product on the ice is going to change the teams situation because look at Phoenix. They are a young playoff team and are on the rise yet they continue to be in trouble at the gates. Get these teams into markets where people care and will actually show up to games. Winnipeg, Hamilton (or anywhere in southern Ontario), and Quebec City are markets that could sustain a team and the NHL (Gary Bettman) is shooting itself in the foot by not accepting this fact. Bettman needs to get over his personal differences with potential owners and put the teams where they will make money.

Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:08 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

As a Thrasher fan, I think I'm safe in saying that the only reason why attendance is so bad is because we've watched this team for over a decade now, and no progress has been made since they were an expansion team.  We watched Kovalchuk and Heatley come up and thought we were on the verge of greatness, only to see horrible trade after horrible trade every year.  Everytime we get a player with any sustainable level of tallent, we watch him get traded for three prospects that never pan out, or get traded for three more if one of them does. 

You want to know why nobody goes to Thrasher games?  Because we're the Kansas City Royals of hockey.  We're a farm team for everyone else.  I don't care who buys the team, anything would be an improvement.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:51 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

No one in NY cares about the Islanders? Have you ever set fott on Long Island? Also if your justification for keepong the Thrashers in Atlanta is that they "play in a big market" what the hell would you consider Long Island, NY with a population of 7.5 million people?  Not to mention one of the most affluent areas in the country.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:03 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

Atlanta and hockey just don't work

Now there's a statement that just HAS to be fact.   Back a few years ago I'm sure you were saying the same thing about hockey in Pittsburgh when the Penguins were all but gone to Kansas City...or Chicago 5 or 6 years ago when they averaged 12,000, or your Capitals pre-Ovechkin when they averaged 13,000.

The Flames were successful in Atlanta.  The Thrashers for the first 6 years were successful (check the attendance numbers).

The fact is after 7 years of Don Waddell GM'ing this team into the ditch combined with the joke of ownership group that has spent more money on lawyers fees than player salaries the fans in Atlanta finally stopped giving ownership a free pass.  The honeymoon was over and now it's time to function like a real organization.

Show us some commitment from ownership, put together a contending team and the fans will come, even in a down economy.


Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:45 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

just take that money and burn it.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:10 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

Look, I have been to several Atlanta Thrasher games and wasn't very impressed.  When I compare their product to that of Nashville or Raleigh, it doesn't even compare.  The arena was no more than 60% full despite their team being in the playoff hunt.  The road fans were much more involved in the game than the home crowd.  If they stay in Atlanta, this team needs some real help and not just on the ice. Somehow they will need to energize the anemic fan base.  How many times can we watch Atlanta fail at hockey?  Really?  When is enough, enough?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:04 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

This is the first I have head about an NHL team in Atlanta and no....I am not being sarcastic. It's great that Atlanta has a hockey team and Tom Glavine wants to be part of hockey in his retirement, but I wonder why doesn't he have any interest in the Braves....the team that he used to love before they spurned him. Oh well, I suppose he could always come to the rescue 5 years from now after they have 5 straight seasons without making the playoffs. Best of luck to Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Anyone know what Steve Avery is up to?

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:53 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

Thrashers must stay in atlanta..
Atlanta is a big market... the team just need to have a serious ownership....
Florida, Phx Coyotes and NY Islanders must go to Canada to survive...the first two have no market there(no fan base, no sponsor..)..and in New York nobody cares the Islanders

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:16 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

Who cares about Canada?

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:56 pm

Glavine wants to organize group, buy Thrashers

People have questioned fan support in Atlanta, maybe there's something to it, but only suckers would shell out big money to watch a habitual loser like the Thrashers. I don't think Bettman would let the Thrashers leave a huge, growing, and increasingly wealthy market like Atlanta for the likes of Conneticut or Hamilton, Onatario (will never happen BTW with Toronto and Buffalo in the region).  They need to focus on making Atlanta a winner before anything else. If they win for five years or so and attendance still s*cks, then they should think about moving, until then it's irrelevant.

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