Just discovered this thread, but I wanted to throw in a story that is ripe to be written about... you could pretty much blame the death of the Thrashers on a trade made in the NBA. Due to the trade of Joe Johnson, the owners fought with each other in court, which basically prevented the owners from dumping the Thrashers. So, when the lawsuit was finally settled, nobody locally wanted to touch the team because they had done such a horrible job of mismanaging them. If they would've been able to sell the team at the height of their popularity (their one-and-only playoff series), the team might've stayed in Atlanta (with an owner who might've put money into them). The story of the Flames move to Calgary is almost as sad.