Originally created 04/12/06

League official says talks for Lynx sale have begun

ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna said Tuesday that the league has not received any indication of an ownership change for the Augusta Lynx.

McKenna said the ECHL has learned, however, that discussions for the team's sale are under way.

"We know that apparently there are discussions in regard to a sale," he said.

McKenna once again said the league fully expects the team to play in Augusta next year, adding, "All indications are that everything is full speed ahead. We have their dates for next year, and we're working on the schedule now.

"We haven't seen anything as far as an ownership change is concerned, but things appear to be moving along," McKenna said.

The team's majority owner, Frank Lawrence, said in late March that Augusta Entertainment LLC, the current ownership group, was "listening to some conversations" with potential buyers, but that nothing was on paper yet.

Lawrence wouldn't comment on a potential sale in the works Tuesday, saying only, "We have some documents that we haven't signed."

McKenna said that theoretically any team "could just turn it in and not play.

"But (the ECHL) is moving ahead, and we're putting them in the schedule to play next year."

William S. Morris III, chairman and chief executive of Morris Communications, which owns The Augusta Chronicle, also is an investor in Augusta Entertainment LLC.

Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steven.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.


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