We Have To Fight!


Thrashers

We will not go gentle into that good night!

This is for all Sports Fans! The Atlanta Thrashers need your help in a most seriously dire way. The Atlanta Spirit Group is now actively negotiating with True North for the sale of our NHL team.

Our plea to you, the people of Atlanta, the sports fans, the diehard hockey fans. The transplanted who wait eagerly each year for those limited opportunities to see their childhood team take the ice against the Thrashers. THIS IS YOUR ONLY CHANCE to save Ice Hockey in Atlanta. We need to step up now. We need to fight back!

Due to poor ownership, the Atlanta Thrashers are in dire need of the whole city’s support in order to keep them here.  After only 12 short years, The Atlanta Spirit Group, who initially purchased the Atlanta Thrashers only because they came with the Atlanta Hawks, are actively doing everything they can to “get rid” of the Atlanta Thrashers. As a neglected half of their business, the Atlanta Thrashers’ business has gradually declined since the Atlanta Spirit Group purchased the team in 2003. Now, after suing business partners and showing the entire fan base that they have basically been trying to sell this team since they obtained it, the Atlanta Spirit Group has spent the better half of the 2010-2011 season doing everything possible to release themselves of the NHL team that calls Atlanta home. Instead of lowering ticket prices to a reasonable price, bringing in entertainment to embrace the fans and making each hockey game that much more of an “experience”, the Atlanta Spriti Group has done everything possible to eliminate as much excitement for the team as possible. Blocking out the 400 sections to ensure all tickets purchased are more expensive, getting rid of almost all fan interaction and turning off the wall of TVs are just some examples of how the Atlanta Spirit Group has been ‘checking out” for years.

The loss of one of our Major League Sports teams could be detrimental to our economy. I truly believe that, under an ownership that cares about hockey and understands how to run a Major League Sports team, that the Atlanta Thrashers can be a huge asset to our city. Just in the short time they have been in Atlanta, despite the poor ownership decisions that have taken place, the youth hockey in the area has grown larger than ever. The team is active in the community and, not only do they take their time to volunteer for a variety of organizations, but they also make a point of supporting local businesses and establishments as wellIn a market where we are already losing jobs, this will bring even more job losses. What does this say about our city? We give up when the going gets tough?

Is our Mayor willing to back the people? What about our Governor? Can we the people make the change we want to see in our city? All we can do is try. At least that way we can say we did…we tried to keep the NHL in Atlanta. Hockey has had a bad rep in this city, but I truly believe, after all is said and done, it is because of the Ownership and their inability to actively OWN the team. Let’s let our voices be heard! To the Commissioner, to the media, anyone who will listen, now is the time!

Send letters/ emails! Call! Let your voice be heard!

For Mayor Kasim Reed’s office:

[email protected]

Phone: 404-330-6100/ Fax: 404-658-6893

City of Atlanta

55 Trinity Ave

Atlanta, GA  30303

City of Atlanta’s Chief of Staff:

Candace L Byrd via her assistant Donna Dobbs

[email protected]

Phone: 404-330-6559

President of Metro Atlanta’s Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Sam A Williams

[email protected]

The NHL Commissioner:

Gary Bettman

[email protected]

1185 Avenue of the Americas

12th Floor

New York, NY  10020

Phone: 212-789-2000/ Fax: 212-789-2020

Governor Nathan Deal:

www.georgia.gov

1-800-Georgia

Governor’s Mansion – 404-261-1776

Keep the Thrashers

SAVE THE THRASHERS

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  • http://bleedinblue.com Jennifer Metzler

    This St. Louis Blues fan has called Mayor Reed’s office, called the Atlanta Constituents Service and the NHL. I’ve left messages with them all, spoke in a well-educated, non-threatening tone to all and got through to leave messages on Reed’s phone, the Governer’s phone, and two people, including Bettman, within the NHL’s phone. I’ve left messages on all four lines and left callback numbers. I’ve been promised two callbacks, both from Atlanta, Georgia offices. St. Louis wants to save the Thrashers. I will not stop fighting for you and aim to hear back from every person I leave a message with.

  • T.J.

    From one St. Louis native to another, thank you Jennifer. It’s nice to see fans of other NHL teams have support for us.

  • http://bleedinblue.com Jennifer Metzler

    Also, have you tried contacting the Atlanta Sports Council and their Board of Directors? It might be another group to align with and ask for support in the matter.

    • rach

      THANK YOU Jennifer! I will :)

  • Dick Lewiston

    I guess the Atlanta Spirit group haven’t learned the real purpose of a sports team – it’s not necessarily to win championships, but rather to draw people to the stadium and sell them things. Hockey provides 41 nights (plus a few preseason games and perhaps some post-season games) of fans at the stadium, which means revenue. Throwing away those 41 nights (to replace them, you’d still come up short with two college teams playing 15 home games at the stadium) means throwing away a lot of revenue for no gain. If they’re that bad at business and don’t understand what the function of the team is, then they don’t deserve to own the team. Look at Leonsis for the right way to do it.

  • B. Realistic

    Its a little late to be crying about the Thrashers now. Maybe the people of Atlanta should have been supporting the team over the last number of years instead. Too bad, so sad. Bottom line is it cant make money in Atlanta. Time to move to a place that embraces the game(Winnipeg). Atlanta never will. Lets not forget this is the SECOND time hockey has failed in Atlanta. Be happy you have the Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Leave the hockey to Canada.

    • really?

      I would be extremely sad to see the Thrashers leave Atlanta. and B. if the ownership would have stopped fighting with each other and actually fought for putting a quality lineup on the ice more people would have gone to the games, but no matter what sport your in with lacking ownership never leads to quality on the field or ice and without a good product people are not gonna spend their hard earned money as much! If the Thrashers can get an owner that is willing to keep the team in Atlanta and is willing to take some chances and spend some money then the fans will come back. The fan base is here it just comes down to actually putting out a good product.

      • B. Realistic

        On ice performance does not always lead to fan base. There are a lot of other teams doing worse than the Thrashers yet they still fill the arenas. Spending more money on players may appeal to the fair weather fan (which it appears you have an abundance of in Atlanta) but what is needed is a passionate core of hockey fans that are there through thick and thin. You will never have that in the southern U.S. Its a reality. Did i mention this is the SECOND time Atlanta failed to support a hockey team??

        • Caps fan

          B.,

          Maybe you shouldn’t be advocating the relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg by pointing out a team has already failed in Atlanta. I seem to remember a team failing in Winnipeg.
          I don’t know what the answer is. Despite being a division rival I do like the Thrashers. The problem is this is a young team with a lot of potential, some cup winning players, and on the whole a lot of personality. If you can’t market players like D. Buf or Evander Kane, maybe you shouldn’t have a team.

  • B. Realistic

    The situation is completely different in Winnipeg today as opposed to 1996. A new arena that is one of the busiest in north america and generates a steady flow of revenue, stable owners in place with deep pockets, one of Canada’s most diverse and stable economies which was not affected by the recession, population and commercial growth, etc. Face it guys, hockey is a northern game that will fail time after time in the southern U.S.

    • Caps fan

      You’re right they should get those teams out of Tampa Bay, Nashville and San Jose immediately.

      The NHL’s problem isn’t that the southern USA is unworthy, it’s a lack of exposure. They threw teams into new cities with first time owners during a downtime in NHL popularity league wide and then followed that up with a lockout followed directly by a very narrow and limited television deal. Any new market would suffer. Look for example at Dallas pre and post lockout. Same with the Islanders, who are smack-dab in the middle of a major hockey market.

      Also to call Winnipeg a major city does not make Atlanta not a major city with insanely popular and successful sports teams. Atlanta circa 1996 is just as good an option as Winnipeg is now. And Winnipeg still already failed once as well.

      • B. Realistic

        Look what it boils down to is does the team make money in Atlanta? No. Do the fans turn out to support the team? No. Do they have a solid ownership group that knows what its doing? No. Do they have another Atlanta based ownership group waiting to purchase the team? No. Considering the last thing Gary Bettman wants to do is move the team Atlanta sure did a craptastic job all around to force his hand.

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  • Real Hockey Fan

    Atlanta is no place for hockey. Sure you have a few fans, but overall the team is wasted in Atlanta. I’ll admit that I am from up north, Boston and we know hockey. I have been to a game at phillips arena and it sucked. Announcers explaining the rules to fans, wtf? Only place worse for hockey is Phoenix.Way to go Atlanta, not once, but Twice, you will lose a hockey team to a better market.