The ownership situation for the Atlanta Hawks experienced its first "breakthrough" in some time on Friday, when a report emerged from the AJC that 100% of the organization would be available for purchase beginning next week. However, there has been a revelation that would appear to dispute the initial report.
Matt Pearl of 11Alive brings word that minority owner Rutherford Seydel has qualms with the breaking news:
Just spoke with #Atlanta Hawks owner Rutherford Seydel, who says reports of the team being 100% for sale are not accurate #11Alive— Matt Pearl (@MattPearl11) January 2, 2015
Shortly following this initial statement, Pearl followed with two more.
Hawks owner Seydel: "The Atlanta group is excited about new leadership that enhances our value & takes us to the next level."— Matt Pearl (@MattPearl11) January 2, 2015
And the big one:
Hawks owner Rutherford Seydel: "We support a change in ownership; however, we would like to be a part of that." #11Alive— Matt Pearl (@MattPearl11) January 2, 2015
Because it falls in direct contrast to the first exclamation, this is a bit jarring. The direct sourcing of this statement from Seydel himself throws a wrench in the AJC report, simply because anything short of full buy-in from the other members of the Atlanta Spirit Group would cause a significant hold-up in any 100% sale.
Details will surely emerge, although that process could be plodding, but for now, any fist-pumping done on the part of the fan base (or in this space) should be tempered with knowledge of disputes elsewhere.