Turner wants to see Thrashers stay

6:36 PM, May 18, 2011   |    comments
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Ted Turner talks with 11Alive Sports' Sam Crenshaw.

ATLANTA -- Ted Turner no longer owns professional sports teams, but he still wants to see the Thrashers stay in Atlanta.

The financially troubled NHL franchise has recently been the subject of relocation rumors.

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Turner, a former owner of the Braves and Hawks, was at Atlanta's Wheat Street Pantry today with his son Beau to help promote a new cable television show and feed some of the city's homeless and hungry.

When asked about the Thrashers, Turner said, "I'd rather see it stay here, but you have to play the cards you are dealt."

Turner named the Thrashers after the team was awarded to Atlanta in 1997.

He bought the Atlanta Braves in 1976 and watched them win the 1995 World Series.

"We didn't make a lot of money with the Braves," he said. "I don't know if we made money or not, to tell you the truth, but it was a lot of fun!"

"I want [the Thrashers] to stay in Atlanta," said Beau Turner, who will soon be hosting an outdoors show on Sportsman Channel.

The younger Turner is also a one percent member of the Atlanta Spirit Group.

"I've really removed myself from any day to day operations because I am such a small part of it," he said.

The Atlanta Spirit Group is rumored to be in negotiations to sell the Thrashers to an organization that would move the team to Winnipeg, unless another potential owner who is willing to keep the team in Atlanta comes forward.

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