It appears Atlanta is close to losing its second NHL team.
The Thrashers owner Atlanta Spirit are in negotiations on a deal with True North Sports and Entertainment, , The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionís Chris Vivlamore reports citing a person familiar with the process. The deal would include relocation to Winnipeg, which lost out on the Phoenix Coyotes after Glendale (Ariz.) agreed to pay the NHL as much as $25 million to cover expenses for the 2011-12 season.
True North is expected to have to pay as much as a $60 million relocation fee.
But this may not be over. Expect the league to do whatever it can to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta much like it did in Phoenix. The league just signed a 20-year deal with NBC/Comcast worth $2 billion and NBC/Comcast wonít be thrilled to lose a top-10 TV market to Canada.