Let me start by saying that as a hockey fan since the age of 9 and chronicler of the Atlanta Thrashers since the day the NHL voted in 1997 to grant the city a new franchise, it’s terrific news that the Atlanta Spirit is looking to significantly (if not completely) reduce its financial interest in the franchise. It’s a logical step, given ownership seemingly mentally checked out of running a hockey team a long time ago.
Let us just hope that whoever takes over the Thrashers comes with less warning bells than Stephen Rollins.
Now, I don’t know Rollins. Maybe he’s a nice guy. Apparently, he is an Atlanta native and a long-time Thrashers fan. Those are nice bonuses for a potential owner. But I wonder about a guy who has a Facebook page and lists among his “friends”: Anne Hathaway, Brendan Fraser, Brooke Burke, Cindy Margolis, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Julie Andrews and – I must say — several
dozen women who look to aspire to be the next Victoria’s Secret model, or possibly the next Joslyn James.
If 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 Levenson and team president Don Waddell. He certainly wasn’t short
of things to tell the Associated Press, however.
If you check out Rollins’ mostly obscure credits as an actor, director, producer and writer on his IMDB (Internet Movie Database) bio page, you’re left to wonder, “Does this guy really have the money to own a pro sports franchise?”
I’m not saying that I’m privy to Rollins’ financial portfolio. But there’s a significant gap between being wealthy enough to own really nice season tickets for a sports team and wealthy enough to owning what’s on stage.
There’s also this. According to Rollins, via Vivlamore, he would be part of a multi-city, majority ownership group with members in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and London.
Great. West Coast. East Coast. South. Great Britain.
Dude. We have enough trouble keeping up with the Spirit. Now we’re going international?
Selling the team? Great news.
Let’s just hope this isn’t Option No. 1.