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Despite Calls for Action, Atlanta’s Leaders Have Not Led

Our opinion piece in the AJC, Atlanta takes major hit if hockey team goes, summarizes the poor response of business and civic leaders in terms of protecting a community asset, Atlanta’s NHL Franchise.

The video below asks questions of the Mayor and Atlanta Sports Council that have probably been pondered by perplexed members of the Atlanta community as our leaders took little to no action to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Three months ago, we contacted Atlanta civic leaders and business organizations asking them to become proactive in helping find new ownership for the Thrashers. Ironically, at the exact time the Georgia World Congress Center Authority agreed to enter into a “memorandum of understanding” with the Falcons on plans for a potential $700 million open-air stadium downtown, Georgia Governor Deal responded to our request for help by asserting the state played no role in private business matters (i.e. The Thrashers).

Video February 2011: Appeal to Atlanta Leaders to Keep The Thrashers in Atlanta

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Thrashers fans are understandably frustrated by the passivity of Atlanta’s civic and business leaders. They apparently fail to realize just how harmful it would be to lose a second NHL franchise. Our five part plan to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta outlines what action can be taken by civic and business leaders. Our civic pride and relatively unique status of having teams in all four major sports are in jeopardy.

Our video appeal (see above) of February 22, 2011, although endorsed by thousands of Thrashers fans, has generated zero responses from our leaders. The list of non-responders, each of whom also received an email from us, includes Mayor Reed, the Atlanta City Council, the Atlanta Sports Council, the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Central Atlanta Progress. We are perplexed by the lack of visible involvement on this issue. If we allow one of our four major league teams to depart it will negatively impact our economy and civic pride. Our claim to be ‘The Sports Capital of the World’, a phrase coined by the Atlanta Sports Council and Chamber of Commerce, will legitimately be subject to ridicule.

We once again call on leaders to ‘lead’ in order to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta. We as fans and voters are only asking for the issue to be acknowledged and addressed. There is ample precedent when you see what civic leaders have done in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Pittsburgh when major sports franchises encountered difficulties. While our government and business leaders have not made any visible effort to help, we were extremely pleased to have Tom Glavine address the issues at hand. Needless to say, we, along with all Thrasher fans, are ready to support Tom in his efforts.

If Atlanta loses the Thrashers to Winnipeg, it will damage our reputation, civic pride, and economy. Video outlines a Five Part Plan to “Keep the Thrashers in Atlanta”. We need our leaders to lead.

Video recaptures the excitement of Atlanta winning the Olympic Games, the Braves’ Sid Bream clinching the National League Pennant, and Morten Anderson’s Super Bowl-sending kick to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.