By Mike Wilson
Yes the Calgary Roughnecks are for sale.
Now 'necks owner Brad Banister is trying to keep the team in Cow-town and has lobbied the NHL franchise, the Calgary Flames, to buy the team. The Flames gave them a big "N" to the "O".
Well what he actually said was: “We have been very supportive of Brad and the Roughnecks but are very focused on our team challenges going forward, so we’re not considering it at this time,”
Banister then answered with :“It doesn’t have to be the Flames. Anybody can have some fun. It’s a lot of work to run this team, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time, Really, It’s a business and you’ve gotta treat it like a business and some people are more capable of taking it to the next level than others. Obviously, the Flames are very good at what they do, but you can’t make anybody buy them. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink."
Then again, you can't really blame the Flames when the owner of the team for sale comes out and basically says the team is not making money.
Banister told reporters Wednesday that after this season, it will be" time to get a real job and time to go back to making some money again.”
After that he basically says that it's not worth it.
“It was my choice to do it. I spent my money where I wanted to and I spent my money on this team and I probably spent a bit too much on this team.”
Want even more reasons why the Flames took a pass on the 'necks? NLL Blog Writer Graeme Perrrow wrote on his twitter account "If you're going to sell your NLL franchise, might be a good idea to do that *before* trading away your two franchise players. <headshake>"
I couldn't agree with Graeme anymore then I do right now.
One of the first articles written on this website was about how much in disbelief I was that Calgary had traded their 2 franchise players in Josh Sanderson(Now in Boston) and Tracey Kelusky (Now in Buffalo). Didn't make sence lacrosse wise then, and looking back, it doesn't make financial sense now.
I'm not predicting a good year in Calgary, but the official picks will come later this week.
I'm hoping the team stays in Calgary. Not because I like them, I don't. I just don't feel like writing an article on another fold in the NLL.
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