Lynx fold team

Video from the Lynx press conference.
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At a news conference on Tuesday night, Augusta Lynx ownership announced their intentions to fold the team, saying they turned in their membership to the ECHL at 5 p.m.

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Lynx fans Doug Linton and Dawn Mason show their emotions as Lynx owners discuss the folding of the team during a press conference at Enterprise Mill.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Lynx fans Doug Linton and Dawn Mason show their emotions as Lynx owners discuss the folding of the team during a press conference at Enterprise Mill.

"We looked long and hard in someone to invest in the Lynx and we have been unsuccessful in that," co-owner and general manager Dan Troutman said.

A statement posted on the ECHL's Web site said, “the Augusta Lynx have suspended operations, effective immediately and voluntarily relinquished their membership back to the League.”

“We are very disappointed for our fans, league partners and the other member teams of the ECHL,” league commissioner Brian McKenna said in the release. “The ECHL would like to thank the Lynx fans for all of their support.”

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/02/08 - 06:27 pm
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LOL and they are trying to

LOL and they are trying to build a stadium downtown, look at this... another one bites the dust.

OneWhoWatches
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OneWhoWatches 12/02/08 - 06:40 pm
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This is sad to know. For

This is sad to know. For better or worse, the Lynx will be missed.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/02/08 - 06:54 pm
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jack, I see your point, but I

jack, I see your point, but I wouldn't have said "LOL". There's a lot of people in the town that really enjoyed having the Lynx here...not enough, apparently to keep them solvent, but you know what I mean. No, I wasn't a hockey fan, but I do wish they could have figured some way to stay. I agree with you about the downtown stadium though.

wmkkhk
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wmkkhk 12/02/08 - 07:00 pm
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This sure is a SAD DAY for

This sure is a SAD DAY for all the Lynx fans.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 12/02/08 - 07:05 pm
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I hope the people hoping to

I hope the people hoping to raid the tax payers pockets for a foolish stadium downtown can now face reality.

momof2
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momof2 12/02/08 - 07:09 pm
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I hate to see them go. We

I hate to see them go. We only recently became hockey fans (last season) and went to 3 games this season already. My kids have so much fun dancing when the puck isn't in play, playing 'chuch a puck', watching #37, etc. It's sad to see them go. And I agree, Jack, how can they justify building a multi-million dollar stadium at this point? Is there really THAT much fan support for the Greenjackets? And, if so, wouldn't those people be looking for something to do when there is no baseball? They should have tried a Lynx game.

FC
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FC 12/02/08 - 07:27 pm
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This is a sad day for

This is a sad day for Augusta. Plenty of folks spent money on season tickets and have nothing to show for it(7 home games). This is not the time or place to shell out blame.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/02/08 - 07:38 pm
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Jack is laughing at the

Jack is laughing at the riduculous idea of building a downtown stadium, not the Lynx's demise. That's how I took it, anyway.

kittikatt
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kittikatt 12/02/08 - 07:45 pm
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A sad day indeed. Oh,

A sad day indeed. Oh, thinking back to 1998 through 2001 --- what great memories. Dan Kopek, Wes Swinson, all those bruisers that kicked butt on the ice and put butts in the seats... great times.

That's what contributed to the demise of the Lynx. They stopped fighting, the games got boring, and the people stopped showing up. I can guarantee you that if you had had a bunch of thugs on that team that liked to drop the gloves, along with a dollar draft night (as sad as that sounds), the Augusta Lynx would still be going strong. And as a season ticket holder from 98 - 05, I expressed this opinion many times.

Also, ya gotta get away from the Augusta Richmond County government! What a bunch of idiots in that place down there.

Bah. :(

Doug E. Fresh
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Doug E. Fresh 12/02/08 - 07:51 pm
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It is a sad for Augusta. How

It is a sad for Augusta. How long will it be before the JB Arena closes down. The Lynx were the're biggest tennent. Lots of blame to go around.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/02/08 - 08:07 pm
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Doug you are RIGHT...I forgot

Doug you are RIGHT...I forgot all about the Civic Center going to have money problems without the Lynx as an annual tenant. You know, you'd think the mayor would've stepped in and publicly tried to lobby for some investors. That would've helped his downtown stadium project, in the long run.

SC88fan
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SC88fan 12/02/08 - 08:27 pm
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What a shame! Thanks to the

What a shame! Thanks to the team and all associated with them!

Not a slave to poverty
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Not a slave to poverty 12/02/08 - 08:30 pm
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Why is it Augusta can't move

Why is it Augusta can't move forward? Could it be we aren't good stewards of what we already have? Look at the River Walk. It was so beautiful and now it is unkept. I can only imagine what a stadium would look like in five years! We are Home of the Masters and Augusta National and we can't even maintain a garden dedicated to golf! Hey, Augusta National...where are you? We need someone to halp us embrace the vision. What was that again? Or should it be help us stop the division!

Not a slave to poverty
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Not a slave to poverty 12/02/08 - 08:32 pm
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It is sad. This was one

It is sad. This was one place I wasn't afraid to take my children. And, it was affordable and fun!

We'll miss you LOUIE!

Dan Lehr
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Dan Lehr 12/02/08 - 08:37 pm
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Lets face it TICKETS at

Lets face it TICKETS at $19.00 $16.00 and $12.00 will not bring a family to the game. You can go to the movies or the Jackets games for a lot less.And if you did not know, the fans were dumbed by the team.All of the changes, that were made to the team this year,ran fans away from the game. Hockey fans were mad about the team changes and 6 out of 7 losses at home doesn't fill the seats.Mc Donalds became #1 by selling a lot for less and selling a little for a lot has closed the doors.For those who say no great loss,think of all the people who lost jobs and contracts that were made with the team.This is one of the worst things the management could have done to everyone involved. To start a season and have no business plan for funds to run the team for the season is just short of STUPID!!

pizzato
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pizzato 12/02/08 - 08:40 pm
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I'm with kittikatt if they

I'm with kittikatt if they had a bunch of thugs on the ice that would draw a crowd. How about the sunset boyz vs the O-Dub's
Then the Meadowbrook Clique can take on The Georgia Deadly Boyz.
And for playoffs we can have The Circle Boyz vs The Fairington Gangster Thugs they roam the Tobacco Road area.

And last but not least we can finish the season with last gang standing vs The East Boundary Boyz.

It's pretty much what Augusta has come to.

DontTazeMeBro
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DontTazeMeBro 12/02/08 - 08:41 pm
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Another nail in Augusta's

Another nail in Augusta's coffin.

blues550
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blues550 12/02/08 - 08:42 pm
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Congratulations to Dan and
Unpublished

Congratulations to Dan and Jan for trying. There was just too much going against you.

blues550
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blues550 12/02/08 - 08:42 pm
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Congratulations to Dan and
Unpublished

Congratulations to Dan and Jan for trying. There was just too much going against you.

blues550
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blues550 12/02/08 - 08:42 pm
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Congratulations to Dan and
Unpublished

Congratulations to Dan and Jan for trying. There was just too much going against you.

SAugustateacher
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SAugustateacher 12/02/08 - 08:55 pm
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If Augusta does not build the

If Augusta does not build the downtown stadium I will have lost all hope for this city.

SAugustateacher
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SAugustateacher 12/02/08 - 08:55 pm
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Thanks Dan and Jan.

Thanks Dan and Jan.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 12/02/08 - 08:56 pm
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Not a good day in Augusta.

Not a good day in Augusta. With the loss of professional entertainment like the Lynx, Augusta becomes a lesser place. There was still plenty of fan and corporate support but not enough to dig them out of the hole they were in. Even if they unrealistically had 5,000 fans at a few of the games, I don't know if that would have been enough to keep them going. The ownership needs to be commended for keeping them here. That said, I also think that their hearts were in the right place but they just did not have the know how to run a professional sports team. The Lynx games and team started to get stale under Lawerence and Moriss, it continued and got worse over the past few years and become more amateurish all around. The team started the year with 9 rookies and 7 second year players. Who did they think they were going to compete with? This is the ECHL, a "AA" League and the Lynx had few if any "AA" players. No Money = No Talent = No Wins = No Fans.

SPIN
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SPIN 12/02/08 - 09:16 pm
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augusta just cant move

augusta just cant move forward on things. thats why i moved to atlanta... but i still feel for my home town

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 12/02/08 - 10:12 pm
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Update your resume Trout.

Update your resume Trout. Spin. GTHI.

magic
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magic 12/02/08 - 10:32 pm
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SPIN, you share my ideas.

SPIN, you share my ideas. That's exactly why I'm leaving Augusta for Atlanta. And I don't feel for my hometown. This place is what it is. LAME.... The only sports team we have are the Jackets. Augusta is rapidly becoming a retirement destination.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 12/02/08 - 11:02 pm
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4 family members dissed Aug.

4 family members dissed Aug. for Atl. Two are back, two on the way back. Ain't that great.

Longtime CSRA resident
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Longtime CSRA resident 12/02/08 - 11:27 pm
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Another thing to consider is

Another thing to consider is that if the if the hockey team is not using and paying for the ice rink to be maintained, it will be no more and so will the ice shows etc...

tiredofhearingit
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tiredofhearingit 12/02/08 - 11:34 pm
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I guess just because the

I guess just because the Augusta Colts has taken the year off, then everyone ASSUMES they aren't coming back. Yes, I feel bad that the Lynx has folded. That just tells me that Augusta needs to support the TEAMS that are still here. Lets all support the greenjackets and the colts so that we don't loose them also. A special sorry to Louie. There is a great lose. We all need to support what augusta does have whether we want to or not. Just remember that the more we support the teams that are here the more people will keep their jobs.

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MyOpinion2 12/02/08 - 11:37 pm
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Dan you are soooo right, who

Dan you are soooo right, who could afford those prices? It amazes me that Companies, (Entertainment Establishments, Airplane Fares, Food, Cars, Clothes, etc). JUST DONT GET IT, GAS is Down Prices need to Follow. Companies are pricing themselves right out of business, Look at the Car Industry! The Average American cannot afford to carry the whole world on their shoulders. Something has to break/give, before more businesses disappear.

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