(UPDATE FROM ATLANTA SPIRIT’S MICHAEL GEARON BELOW.)
This might seem like a random question: But do you care what your sports franchises are worth?
I ask because Forbes Magazine just came out with NHL franchise values, and the Thrashers are ranked 29th out of 30 teams — and the only team behind them is the Phoenix Coyotes, who went into bankruptcy in May and are now operated by the league.
Forbes values the Thrashers at $143 million. “The owners of the Atlanta Thrashers [who also control the NBA's Hawks] have spent more time fighting with each other than their hockey team has with its opponents,” the article states. “The franchise has been forced to give bundles of tickets away to fill seats.”
The magazine, in a financial breakdown of the team, later references the lawsuits between the Atlanta Spirit owners, saying: “A nasty and continuous legal