5:40 am May 31, 2011, by Henry Unger
This could be a sad week for sports in Atlanta.
The proposed sale of the Thrashers to a group that would relocate the team to Winnipeg continued to inch toward completion through the holiday weekend, AJC reporter Tim Tucker writes.
A person close to the process told Tucker the Thrashers’ ownership group had not signed the deal as of Monday afternoon. But he added that lawyers continued to work on details and indicated an announcement is likely this week, possibly -– but not necessarily -– as early as Tuesday.
The person said no late offers have been received from any potential bidders to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that officials at “The Forks,” a meeting place in downtown Winnipeg, have been told to prepare for a party “Tuesday at the earliest” to celebrate a Thrashers announcement, Tucker writes. Also, Canadian sports network TSN reported that True North Sports and Entertainment – the group attempting to buy the team — had “signed off” on the deal and was waiting for the seller to do the same.
If the Thrashers leave, it would be the second NHL team that Atlanta has lost to Canada. The Flames moved to Calgary in 1980.
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