Attorney says Lynx called for lawsuit

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The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority went into closed session at Tuesday's special-called meeting, with Chairman Richard Isdell saying an issue with the defunct Augusta Lynx hockey team needed to be discussed.

Asked by reporters how that could legally be done -- state law allows closed meetings for issues of pending litigation, personnel and real estate -- authority attorney Ed Enoch said the Lynx had threatened to sue.

Mr. Isdell and authority member Keith Brown said later that the team wants $64,000 to compensate for two game delays caused by a corner of the ice floor not being properly frozen.

"We've made no threats to sue anyone," Lynx co-owner and general manager Dan Troutman said. "They may have interpreted it that way."

Mr. Isdell said the team owes the authority $120,000 to $130,000, part of it for advertising rights on signs within the James Brown Arena. The authority is about to draw $50,000 from SunTrust bank through a standby letter of credit, which will bring the balance down to $70,000 to $80,000.

After the closed session, the authority voted unanimously to have Mr. Enoch and civic center complex General Manager Monty Jones take inventory of televisions, signs, leather couches, refrigerators and other items left behind by the Lynx and try using them to negotiate down the balance. Some items have already been removed, Mr. Isdell said, and locks on arena doors have been changed to prevent anything else from being taken.

Mr. Troutman said he's open to giving up what's left if it will help settle the account.

"We're very much interested in ending on an amicable note," he said.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/17/08 - 07:36 am
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Nice, confusing story.

Nice, confusing story. Someone may or may not have said someone else was suing someone - or not? [filtered word]?

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voluptuously_auburn1 12/17/08 - 09:56 am
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Is there any wonder why

Is there any wonder why Morris Communications is going downhill?? No Pulitzer Prizes for reporting or writing skills coming they're way for sure. Geesh. What a confusing article.

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Macorroni 12/17/08 - 10:26 am
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I agree. This article is a

I agree. This article is a bit confusing. It seems like it is trying to talk about two or three things at once.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/17/08 - 10:59 am
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"Citing threatened litigation

"Citing threatened litigation from the Augusta Lynx - which Lynx officials later denied - the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority closed a portion of their Tuesday night meeting to the public and press." There. Journalism 101, not to mention plain English

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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 12/17/08 - 12:35 pm
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So are they or are they not

So are they or are they not suing? Or does the Chronicle not know because it was a closed meeting? LOL This article is poorly written.

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CoastalDawg 12/17/08 - 06:19 pm
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Send your comments to the

Send your comments to the writer of the article as well as his editor. It's clear as MUD to me what he was saying - what's wrong with you people?

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Dixieman 12/17/08 - 08:12 pm
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If the Chronicle editors and

If the Chronicle editors and reporters don't read the comments readers post here with an eye to improving their product, they are beyond redemption - way beyond.

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