Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flames have offered to buy Roughnecks

Brad Banister stood up and begged for corporate support Wednesday, but his team’s saviour seems to be just waiting in the wings.
When the Calgary Roughnecks owner gathered local media to his offices, he said he didn’t want to discuss the Calgary Flames and the possibility of them rescuing the National Lacrosse League franchise from its current financial problems by buying them.
However, sources have told the Sun that the Flames have made at least two offers to buy the Riggers in the past, including one recently.
An offer of about $2 million four or so years ago was apparently rejected, possibly because it included a provision that Banister — who also serves as president and general manager of the club — would no longer be involved with the Roughnecks following the sale.
A more recent offer of about $1.7 million — apparently tabled in the last few weeks — was reportedly rejected by Banister, as well, because the price was too low and he also would not stay involved with the team.
Banister, who officially put the team for sale prior to the start of the season, stood before the media Wednesday and said his club is in dire straits, pleading for an investor or some local companies to buy rink board or floor advertising and help him keep the team afloat.
Flames president Ken King has refused to talk specifics about any interest in buying the Roughnecks. When asked Wednesday about whether he has rejected two offers from the Flames, Banister did not confirm or deny it, instead declining to talk about the specifics of any dealings with the NHlL club he leases floor time from at the Saddledome, fearing he might upset the apple cart.
“I can’t talk about it,” Banister said. “I’m in discussions with them … They need to know what’s going on because they have dates (at the Saddledome).
“This whole thing is Calgary Roughnecks based and not Calgary Flames.”
 To read the rest of the story by Ian Busby of the Calgary Sun click here

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