RALEIGH — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman refused to comment on the current litigation involving the Atlanta Spirit, owners of the Thrashers, and any of the details contained in the lawsuit against an Atlanta law firm used in the buyout of a former partner.
Bettman would not comment on the attempts to sell the franchise, the loss of $50 million in value nor the $130 million in operating losses sustained since 2005 as claimed in a lawsuit filed against King & Spalding.
Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the NHL All-Star Game, Bettman also said he would not speculate on what the disclosures meant for the future of the Thrashers.
“I will say the NHL has a long history of working to avoid franchise re-locations,” Bettman told the AJC.
The Spirit filed a $200 million malpractice lawsuit last Friday, saying the law firm’s negligence cost them millions of dollars and made them “unable to sell or otherwise dispose of the Atlanta Thrashers.”
The group also owns the NBA’s Hawks and operating rights to Philips Arena, but they are not mentioned in the lawsuit.