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12-21-2012, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
I think there are examples of bad original owner decisions, in addition to subsequent owner decisions. Like Tampa. Nashville and Boots. Phoenix on the back of a real estate developer, as a re-sale. Ottawa was also part of a real estate block. Disney? It seemed like a great idea at the time. Atlanta and ASG?
Point of clarification: Atlanta was awarded to Ted Turner and AOL Time Warner, not ASG, who came five years later. AOL-TW split up shortly after the team hit the ice, and TW could not have cared less about owning a team while they were bleeding money in their core operations. So, they ran the team on the cheap with a league-low payroll each year. Only then came ASG, which morphed TW's indifferent ownership to outright antagonistic ownership. The rest is history.

Yet the conventional wisdom says the "market" is what failed. Sigh.

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