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Atlanta Thrashers Owner Michael Gearon On Sale: '80 Percent Complete'

FOX 5's Ken Rodriguez interviewed Atlanta Spirit Group member Michael Gearon on the Atlanta Thrashers sale to Winnipeg's True North. Unlike NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Gearon admits the deal is well on its way, saying it's "about 80 percent complete" without leaving open the possibility of a local buyer stepping up at the last minute.

Gearon told Rodriguez his group has only been negotiating with True North for 10 days, not months as Rodriguez and others have claimed. He also shot down reports of Anson Carter, Tom Glavine and Stephen Rollins having interest in purchasing the team and says at one point the ASG was only looking for a few seven-digit investors.

There's really nothing Gearon and company can say that will sway Atlanta hockey fans, but at least he's not stringing anybody along. 

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