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12-21-2012, 02:31 PM
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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.
I know, hence why I said 'in addition to subsequent ownership decisions."
I think the NHL should bear a massive portion of blame for letting the biggest city in the south fail as a market. It simply should not have been allowed to happen.
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