Update II: Rollins part of four-city finanicial entity

The Atlanta native and Los Angeles based filmmaker who recently expressed interest in purchasing majority ownership of the Thrashers is not one of three groups currently doing due diligence about a possible investment in the franchise.

Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson and team president Don Waddell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that Stephen Rollins has not made an offer to purchase the team. He is also not one of three groups working with an investment banking firm to invest in the Thrashers. Levenson said earlier this month he expects the process with the three current groups to be completed within 90 days.

Rollins, the head of Lightning Pictures, told the AJC that he is part of a multi-city financial entity with members in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and London that was put together to purchase a majority interest in an NHL team. He said several of the  investors are from Atlanta.

“If the opportunity would present itself for me to participate in ownership of the Atlanta Thrashers I would be more than excited,” Rollins said. “I would be humbled with a partnership at any level.”

Rollins, 39, said no bid to purchase the Thrashers has been made. He did not give a timetable for such an inquiry. Rollins said he and other members of his group attended a Thrashers game in December.

Rollins wrote and directed the 2007 film American Identity. He has also appeared in several movies and television shows, some uncredited.

Atlanta Spirit, LLC has been trying to add investors to the ownership group, which includes the Thrashers, Hawks and Philips Arena, for the past year. Levenson said based on the goals of the current potential investors that it was unlikely that all three would commit to the group, but that “one or more” was a possibility.

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J(Z)

May 27th, 2010
11:01 am

well, sh^(

I mean, first.

Alan R.

May 27th, 2010
11:07 am

I spoke to Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson. He told me that Rollins is not one of the three groups that are currently doing due diligence about a possible investment in the Thrashers and/or Hawks.

That’s kind of what the story says. The way Rollins is wording his statements, it gives the impression that he has yet to talk to Levenson, but that he is more than interested in the idea of being an owner.

Telfo

May 27th, 2010
11:08 am

i dont see how this Rollins character has any money to be honest. The website for his production company looks like it was made by a 12 year old in 1997

Alan R.

May 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Telfo, we learn at a young age to never judge a book by its cover.

If he has the capital needed to buy in, then I’m sure we’ll find out soon, right? If not, then this story will disappear.

J.B.

May 27th, 2010
11:30 am

well, at least somebody is interested.

Midfield

May 27th, 2010
11:36 am

AP now reports that Don Waddell secretly vetoed the offer upon finding out that his job would not be guaranteed under the new ownership arrangement. Developing…

Jack

May 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Interesting….. All I care about is better owners but the team stays in the ATL. :)

gcs

May 27th, 2010
11:50 am

I agree with Teflo. Look at his movie credits at imdb. He hasn’t done anything much beyond bit parts. Unless he is a trust fund baby, I don’t know where his money would come from.

However, I would love to have an owner who:
1. Is from Atlanta
2. Is a hockey fan
3. Has no interest in owning the Hawks as well

Whoever it is, they better give Waddell the boot!

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Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
11:52 am

We need Henry Rollins!! That would be bad-ass!!

JLH

May 27th, 2010
11:56 am

I wonder if Rollins is the grandson of Wayne Rollins, of Rollins Inc……. Atlanta based multi-millionaires, Orkin, etc….. Emory School of Public Health named after him…….

Dan Duffy

May 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Please, Atlanta Spirit…Sell the team. We have a very good group of young players and we desperatley need to add to the team. You have run the team into the ground with the decisions you have made.

Lee

May 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

Awww shucks….but it was expected.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
12:16 pm

JLH – I’m afraid his Dad was a cop and not Randall Rollins, successor to the throne of Orkin Inc. How about the idea of playing in the Orkin Nest instead of the Nasty Nest? The Atlanta Ice Pests?

TableHockey

May 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

JLH – while I didn’t put the names together I did wonder if this guy isn’t from a wealthy family. Looking at his production accomplishments I found myself wondering if they were more of a hobby than a means of livelihood.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
12:31 pm

From IMDb: “Rollins was born on September 10, 1974, to Dianne (born Dorothy Dianne Hicks), a telecommunications specialist with Bell South and President of the Atlanta chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and James Rollins, a Fulton County, Georgia deputy sheriff. Stephen’s father served in the United States Army Rangers, and his Uncle Edward Rollins served in the Marines.”

Hardly a trust-fund baby!!

“Stephen spent his early years playing sports, mainly hockey and baseball. In 1993, Stephen began his ventures in professional hockey, skating with the Atlanta Knights and Kansas City Blades of the International Hockey League. In 1994, Stephen played with the “New Jersey Rock n’ Rollers of the RHI league, a professional roller hockey league. Since, Stephen has skated with several different NHL, AHL, and IHL teams until an ankle injury in 2004 finally took him off skates.”

Guffaw, chuckle, guffaw! :rolleyes:

jfd

May 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

the atlanta ice roaches

kracker

May 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

Crap, I was hoping he was of the rich Atlanta Rollins!

The Sham

May 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

@ Smoothie – his name is Stephen Rollins not Henry Rollins…

Unless a guy by the name of Turner (or of similar wealth and personality), this franchise (and the perhaps the Hawks too) is just treading water. This has been a debacle from day 1 and all the owners have done is taken the Spirit out of fan base… IMO!

The Sham

May 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

Also, I’d like to say that Waddell has to go, but who would take the job that would be any better?

smokemonster

May 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

He needs the team so he can make a documentary film on the world worst run NHL Franchise. Something like Michael Moore’s and “Roger And Me.” This one will be called “Waddell and me.”

Midfield

May 27th, 2010
12:46 pm

Duluth Zamboni guy, for example…

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
12:52 pm

The Sham – do idiots like you even read what other people write? It was a joke knucklehead! Oh wait, you’re a knucklehead. Why am I explaining this to you?

jfd

May 27th, 2010
12:57 pm

is he a knucklehead or an idiot

Hockey Fan 10

May 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

Sham, Ted was the orignal owner of the Thrashers and his son is one of the Spirit.

kracker

May 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

hey, all you not-funny people! The sad thing about it is, you’re not funny.

Joe Friday

May 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

“Telfo, we learn at a young age to never judge a book by its cover.”

This is true, but not in this case. The guy is in media, has production companies, and that’s his web site? One look at it and I knew the guy wasn’t serious.

Smoothie, I thought the same thing when I first saw the story, Henry Rollins!

MB

May 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

Yes to Henry Rollins, Smoothie. Black Flag night would definitely go well with Joe Friday’s new black and blue color scheme.

If nothing else, Stephen Rollins has been able to generate a decent bit of publicity for himself. Hmmm, wonder if next he’ll announce his next production is coming out soon.

[...] 11:02am, via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I spoke to Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson. He told me that Rollins is not one of the [...]

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

Indeed! I’d be down for Black Flag night and a return to a more bad-ass black and blue color scheme that somewhat copied the old ATL Knights. Anyone know Henry or know someone who knows him?

Henry! Henry! Henry!!

RC

May 27th, 2010
2:05 pm

I know this guy, I am not sure he has enough money to buy season tickets, let alone buy the team. Absolutely a publicity stunt. He did not play any minor league hockey. I think he interned at either 680 The Fan or at 790 the Zone. Someone over there could probably give you more details.

Sage of Bluesland

May 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

He needs the team so he can make a documentary film on the world worst run NHL Franchise. Something like Michael Moore’s and “Roger And Me.” This one will be called “Waddell and me.”

My first nomination for quote of the (new) year. Outstanding one, smokemonster. Maybe then some would finally come to the conclusion that our lisping little fraud of a GM is nothing but an incompetent buffoon…

Midfield

May 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

AP reports that Don Waddell allegedly impersonated Mr. Rollins in an attempt to derail other negotiations by what some people refer to as ‘false flag operation’ using the spy jargon.

[...] AJC follow up is here Share and [...]

glovesave29

May 27th, 2010
2:56 pm

Smoothie – did he play “with” or play “for” those teams? Big difference. I’ve practiced with the Flames, Knights and even played street hockey with some of the mid-70’s Canadiens. Never saw one damn red cent for my efforts. So I played “with” those teams…guess I had better add those to my resume (!). Viv played “with” the Thrash in a practice this season. I gotta think he’s not claiming to be a big league hockey goalie any more that I am…

kracker

May 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

Hokie posted a link to Rollins’ pic. He looks way to soft to have ever have played hockey.

He sounded pretty good in the AP story, at first. But even before you finish reading it, you’re thinking ‘I bet guy isn’t serious.’ A story about a serious owner candidate would include that he (she) is rich and give some indication where the money came from: from a buisness, interited, etc. Not that the guy is a two-bit movie producer in lala land.

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/_G99vBZrhSI/Premiere+American+Identity+Arrivals/CtAvDBrfz3B/Stephen+Rollins

hrivnak

May 27th, 2010
2:59 pm

The more I read about this guy Stephen Rollins, the less I believe.

He’s got a good way of twisting words… including saying he “skated with” the Knights and Blades, but not actually showing up on the roster.

He says in his IMDB bio that his short film “garnered Academy Award ‘Best Live Action Short Film’ consideration,” though it didn’t win and wasn’t even nominated. “Consideration” is a very loose term. It probably means he played at a festival that is an Academy qualifier (like the Atlanta Film Festival).

His acting roles are very small. He says he had a leading role in a UPN sitcom called Billy’s Magic, though that never made it to air. There’s no mention of this show anywhere on the internet.

Then his production company releases a very sketchy press release, about a “rumor.” They also haven’t really made anything of note. Their website also looks like it was created by a high school student… in 1998.

Nothing makes it seem like he would actually have the money to purchase a ECHL franchise, let alone an NHL one.

It just seems all really sketchy to me. I just don’t believe a word of it.

kovypleasestay

May 27th, 2010
3:02 pm

Too bad, I was hoping we could add MORE owners.

[...] you check out Chris Vivlamore’s Thrashers blog, you’ll read that Rollins has not yet made an offer to buy the team, according to owner Bruce [...]

Midfield

May 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

AP Flash News: World famous architect Art Vandelay, currently working on an addition to the Guggenheim, has also expressed interest in acquiring the majority interest in the Thrashers franchise.

Cubicle God

May 27th, 2010
3:31 pm

@ Midfield

Art Vandelay…ha ha. That seriosuly made me laugh out loud at my desk!

Lee

May 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

He’s a knuckleidiot.

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2010
3:33 pm

Now let’s not destroy the man here. He’s a native and a long time supporter of Atlanta hockey… His hearts in the right place. Let’s not pick apart his acheivements.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Nice sleuth work by C-Viv…here’s his latest update:

“Rollins, the head of Lightning Pictures, told the AJC that he is part of a multi-city financial entity with members in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and London that was put together to purchase a majority interest in AN NHL team. He said several of the investors are from Atlanta.”

Unless one of those Atlanta-based investors is Arthur Blank, no need to get excited I suppose. Perhaps this overweight, ego-inflated buffoon can tap the mind of Sage of Redundant Sagacious Redundancy to be his GM when the partners from the 4-city syndicate pull together their cash for the purchase of the franchise from ASG. Hardy har har har!

Smoothie

May 27th, 2010
3:37 pm

C’mon Hokie, have you seen the trailer for his movie?? There’s better acting at the Village Theatre after-show!!

[...] 11:02am, via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I spoke to Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson. He told me that Rollins is not one of the [...]

Hockeyfan

May 27th, 2010
4:22 pm

I saw the “movie” and hated it. VERY low budget. I bet he didnt raise 6 figures to make his “movie” so what makes you think he could raise anything close to what will be needed to become a part owner much less majority owner?

SSDOG

May 27th, 2010
4:28 pm

I’d rather have Wayne “Tree” Rollins step up….

KLS1

May 27th, 2010
4:34 pm

If Rollins had any money it would quickly be lost with the ASG tentacles in him. Need to buy the team outright and get their collective hands off it before there is any chance to make $.

Love the enthusiasm Rollins has for the team, but does anyone have Tyler Perry’s number…he has the cash to pull this deal off.

jerry

May 27th, 2010
6:22 pm

Sounds kind of like Rollins likes to shoot his mouth off.

Brendan

May 27th, 2010
6:55 pm

Well, flicker of hope. For a while.