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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Bruce Levenson
The Atlanta Hawks have no plans to deal Josh Smith before Thursday's deadline, according to their co-owner.
The Atlanta Hawks will not be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.
An emotional Alex Meruelo had to fight back tears as he talked about what it to means to be the NBA's first Hispanic team owner.
Alex Meruelo and the Atlanta Hawks are poised to make NBA history.
A person familiar with the deal says controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.
The owners of the Atlanta Hawks have ended their exclusive talks with a prospective buyer, but there is no indication that change will affect efforts for the same group of owners to sell the NHL's Thrashers.
Thirty-one years after Atlanta lost its first NHL team to Canada, the city could be closer to again having its hockey team move north of the border.
The Thrashers still belong to Atlanta _ for now.
Atlanta Thrashers fans are planning to take advantage of possibly their last opportunity to demonstrate support for the NHL to remain in Atlanta.
Thrashers president Don Waddell said Monday the team is exploring "all options" for new owners as there are reports that for the first time those options include a group interested in moving the team to Winnipeg.
The Thrashers say they're still pursuing new ownership to keep the team in Atlanta amid persistent reports that the financially troubled franchise is on the verge of moving to Winnipeg.
Michael Gearon and Bruce Levenson have emerged as the lead owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers following a long legal battle and ownership split.
Thirty years after losing the Flames, Atlanta's hockey fans are on the clock again.
"I don't think this has bothered him at all, and if you look at the way he's played, if it's bothered him I can't wait until it stops bothering him," Levenson said. "The way he's played speaks for itself."
Levenson said those rumors are unfounded and that Smith has told him they aren't coming from the player.