I had a long interview with Ted Turner this week over a wide range of topics. You’ll be able to read that here Saturday afternoon.
For now, though, here’s something you may find interesting. I asked him if he’d be interested in returning to the Atlanta sports scene.
After all, as the previous owner of the Braves and Hawks, he was instrumental in bringing pro hockey back to Atlanta in 1997 when he won the Thrashers franchise from the NHL.
Now, the Thrashers are on the market and there are rumors they could end up back in Canada, where the Flames went after leaving Atlanta.
That sale also could trigger a new owner for the Hawks and the rights to Philips Arena, since the Atlanta Spirit owns all three properties. Turner was the one who decided to build Philips Arena downtown when others wanted it in the suburbs.
So Ted, are you going to get back in the local sports game?
“No, I’ve done sports — been there, done that,” Turner, 72, said.
Please return Saturday for my column on what Turner said — or wouldn’t say — on a variety of issues, from nuclear war and alternative energy to Atlanta’s future.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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