Judge: Belkin can buy out Hawks, Thrashers

Updated: June 9, 2006, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Steve Belkin has the right to take over the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers from his former co-owners, a Maryland judge ruled Friday.

The Boston-based Belkin is entitled to buy out the Atlanta Spirit LLC group for the Hawks, Thrashers and operating rights to Philips Arena, Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson ruled.

But in a statement to The Associated Press released late Friday by Atlanta Spirit spokesman Tom Hughes on behalf of the owners, Johnson's ...

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