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Postby Hollywood2 » Mon May 23, 2011 12:15 am

Time to start a thread for the new franchise.

First, the move seems popular amongst players, according to Pierre Lebrun at ESPN.

Former Free Press Reporter Jeff Blair at the G&M says Winnipeg is the perfect place for an NHL team.

One aspect of the sale addressed by Ken Campbell at The Hockey News is the "relocation fee".
What still has to be determined, according to a source, is how much of that purchase price goes to the Atlanta Spirit, a group that is hardly dealing from a position of strength when it comes to selling the team. It has been widely reported that the purchase price of the team is $110 million, with an additional $60 million going to the NHL in the form of a relocation fee.

Apparently, the Atlanta Spirit owner Bruce Levenson wants a bigger piece of the purchase price and is trying to get a portion of that $60 million from the NHL. It’s believed the league, meanwhile, not only wants the $60 million relocation fee, but a portion of the $110 million purchase price. In fact, there’s a possibility that the Atlanta Spirit might end up with only $80 million to $100 million of the purchase price. It should be noted that the relocation fee for the Thrashers seems to have come out of nowhere. There was no relocation fee when the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, when the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995, when the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996 and when the Hartford Whalers relocated to Raleigh, N.C., in 1997.

You should check keepthethrashers.com.
If the new owners of the Thrashers put a championship team on the ice, you can bet Atlanta fans will come out in big numbers. Why? Atlanta fans have had little to cheer about in any sport. In fact Forbes recently rated Atlanta #2 on the Most Miserable Sports Cities list. How did Atlanta make the list? Our pro teams have played a combined 153 seasons and have produced only one championship – the 1995 Braves. Atlanta will support a winner, any kind of winner, including a hockey team. The upside for the Thrashers is significant, especially if we can get a committed ownership group.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue May 24, 2011 12:11 pm

I found some old threads at MooseHockey.com about the wackos at jetsowner.com. I thought this would be a good time to reminisce about those guys.

First, watch this YouTube video for the 2005 jetsowner rally at Portage and Main. Then read what jetsowner had to say about this:
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August 9, 2005
City Buses, Police Cars, Semi-Trailers and Cabs!

What do they have in common? They were all honking for the Jets last Friday during rush hour traffic. With a constant flow of traffic between 3:00 and 6:00pm, Portage & Main proved to be the ideal location to gauge what Winnipeg drivers thought about the return of the NHL to Winnipeg. All they really had to see was the red, white and blue clad supporters and they honked and yelled out their windows (no fender benders reported!). It was incredible but not surprisng at all.

As expected, they media spun the story towards the "only a handful of people" angle. To their credit, they did cover the story at all and they did include quotes that clarified how the "rally" was not meant to show the true support for the cause. Obviously. It was only meant to get a few honks and attention and it succeeded in both of those aspects and some. People from all 4 major offices towers were looking down to see what the traffic noise was about. Just the smiles on drivers/passengers' faces said it all. The fond memories and bright future of the Jets brought joy to their drive home.

It didn't end with regular citizens either. Police turned on their sirens, rigs pulled their foghorns, city buses gave their beep on behalf of their passengers, cabbies gave a toot and even passing cyclists and pedestrians yelled "Go Jets! Bring 'em back!"

What Portage & Main needs is perhaps a healthy dose of horns once every month until the Jets return home. This is an idea that needs some work and planning in order to grow in size and effectiveness. Sponsers, city permission and radio are some of the more key elements to this kind of plan. Certainly several dozen supporters at each of the four corners would be ideal. If it gets bigger, great!

Stay tuned for an idea of this nature to gather steam amongst viewers of this website. This campaign has to begin to become a community effort now. The pressure must come from us...the ticket buyers.

August 3, 2005
Come Make Some White Noise!

The supporters of JetsOwner.com would like to invite all to attend a brief rally at Portage & Main this Friday, August 5th starting at 3:00pm. Be sure to bring signage displaying your views, provided they contain tasteful slogans. Some good ideas might be:

"NEW VISION: JetsOwner.com"
"HONK: if you want the Jets back"
"NHL: One Step Away"

The initial meeting place should be at the NorthEast corner of the intersection (Hy's Steakloft). Should the turnout be substantial, we can disperse people at all four corners!

It looks to be a nice, sunny day so be sure to bring some water and of course wear white or wear Jets apparel!

July 22, 2005
"Rally" Planned For August 5th.

Remember this slogan?...

"New Arena". (Check.) "New NHL". (Check.) "New Vision" (...pending)

On this, the first day of new NHL life, it is fitting to do something here in Winnipeg to celebrate. Who better than the supporters of this campaign!

On behalf of the Return of the Jets Campaign I would like to announce the planning of a rally, of sorts. Supporters of this website plan to wear white and flash signs in support of the return of the NHL to Winnipeg. This "rally" is in no way meant to gather thousands of fans to the streets or gauge the true support for the cause, but rather simply show support in some shape or form.

On Friday, August 5th the plan is to "make some noise" at Portage & Main and possibly outside MTS Centre. This will be carried out in a civilized manner and with no interuption of traffic or hazard to anybody's safety.

Certainly the rally should be taken seriously, but please remember, it is not intended to prove how may people want the NHL back (that would be tens of thousands!)...just a friendly event for those that feel like speaking out.

The rally should commence at 3:00pm that day behind the barricades.

July 19, 2005
Portage & Main To Get A Dose Of White

Supporters of this website have indicated that they will hold a rally at Portage & Main on a date soon to be released. The "rally" of sorts will more or less be a chance to voice your desire for an NHL team to land back in Winnipeg. Feel free to bring signs and wear white.

The idea would be to be visible to passers-by around rush hour (3:00-5:00pm) without disrupting their movement or putting anyone in danger. As well, please avoid any confrontations with those who have a difference of opinion. This is a very important rule, as stated in the past, it maintains our credibilty and portrays us as bigger and more mature individuals. Please stay behind the barricades.

If you are interested in helping plan this event and picking a date you are welcome to drop into Boston Pizza Lounge on the corner of Regent & Lagimodiere at 8pm this Wednesday, July 20th. Otherwise stay tuned for details of this event.

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Postby grumpy old man » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:00 am

More evidence the naysayer trolls had not a clue about what they were spewing.
More than 100 members of Winnipeg’s business community jammed the Exchange Restaurant downstairs at the MTS Centre, Wednesday.

But they weren’t there to gobble down lunch.

These were luxury suite holders, being asked to write cheques for three times as much as they’d been paying, now that the NHL has returned.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/06/01/taking-the-plunge


This plus the almost 2000 seats sold in the opening 3.5 hours today...

Do note the boxholders are signing up for 7 and 10 year terms.
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