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Sport Dundon signs purchase agreement to buy Hurricanes

03:20  08 december  2017
03:20  08 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Vancouver Canucks left wing Loui Eriksson (21) competes for control of the puck with Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Haydn Fleury (4) during the

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos. The team announced the agreement Thursday, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the team would not move.

Peter Karmanos Jr., addresses the media before his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Karmanos is the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)© (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Peter Karmanos Jr., addresses the media before his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Karmanos is the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos.

The team announced the agreement Thursday, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the team would not move.

The move marks the latest step toward the end of Karmanos' lengthy attempt to sell the team he moved from Hartford, Connecticut, to North Carolina two decades ago. Karmanos will retain an equity stake in the franchise.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos. The team announced the agreement Thursday, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the team would not move.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime Karmanos bought the Hartford Whalers franchise in 1994 and moved it south three years later. Reports about another possible relocation have plagued

Dundon is the 46-year-old former CEO of Santander Consumer USA, a Dallas-based lending firm. He's also an investor in the Top Golf chain of golf and entertainment facilities and a key financier of a new golf course in Dallas.

"I am thrilled to continue to build upon what Peter Karmanos started in Raleigh," Dundon said in a statement from the team. "The Hurricanes are a team on the rise, and I believe we have an opportunity to take the franchise to the next level. I'm ready to get to work."

Dundon will control all team operations once the deal receives league approval and is finalized.

"Tom has had tremendous success in business, and I fully expect that to continue as he takes control of the Hurricanes," Karmanos said in a statement. "I look forward to working with him, and bringing another Stanley Cup to North Carolina."

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Since reaching a purchase agreement with Peter Karmanos in December, Dundon has been meeting with Hurricanes employees and players, making plans and getting ready for this day. Tom Dundon finalized the deal to buy the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan.

The Carolina Hurricanes have entered into a purchase agreement for controlling interest in the team that strengthens its commitment to the Raleigh market To complete the purchase , Dundon will have to enter into a standard agreement with a clause that prevents owners from applying for relocation for

Karmanos had been publicly seeking a local buyer for at least three years. He acknowledged over the summer that he and a group led by former Texas Rangers CEO Steve Greenberg had agreed to a term sheet but did not come to terms on a purchase agreement. He also said he was looking for a sale price of about $500 million.

Karmanos bought the Hartford Whalers franchise in 1994 and moved it south three years later.

Reports about another possible relocation have plagued the Hurricanes even as team officials and even Bettman have persistently and repeatedly denied them. Bettman said at the All-Star game in January that "the club is not moving" and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly echoed that sentiment by saying the league is committed to Raleigh in the same manner it has stuck with the Phoenix area during years of struggles for the Coyotes.

Karmanos in 2015 said "we'd have to be idiots to move from here," largely because of the team's PNC Arena lease, which extends through 2024 and is considered one of the most team-friendly in the league.

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Tom Dundon , a Dallas businessman, has signed a purchase agreement to buy a controlling interest in the team from Peter Karmanos Jr., NHL commissioner Gary If Dundon becomes a part-owner of Gale Force Holdings, the Hurricanes ’ current parent company that also manages the arena, there

16, 2017. Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Canes. Chris Seward [email protected] Dallas businessman Tom Dundon , center, in ball cap, watches game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena on Dec.

In its most recent franchise valuations, Forbes magazine ranked the Hurricanes last in the NHL at $230 million. Bill Foley paid a $500 million expansion fee to the league to bring the Golden Knights to Las Vegas.

Carolina ranks next to last in the league in attendance this season, averaging 11,863 fans through 13 home games, after finishing last in the NHL in each of the previous two seasons. The Hurricanes drew an average of just 11,776 fans to their 18,680-seat home arena in 2016-17 and filled it to just 63 percent capacity -- their lowest per-game average since they moved into the building for the 1999-2000 season. They averaged just 12,204 at home the year before.

The best way to improve those numbers, of course, is with a winning team -- and it's been a while since Carolina had one.

The 2006 Stanley Cup champions have made the postseason only once (2009) since the club captured its lone title. They have the longest playoff drought in the NHL at eight years. The Hurricanes entered Thursday night's game at San Jose with an 11-10-5 record, tied for last place in the Metropolitan Division, and were six points out of a wild-card playoff spot with 27 points.

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[Dallas businessman signs purchase agreement to buy controlling interest in Hurricanes ]. Dundon stepped in and agreed to a sale agreement in December. The franchise will remain in Raleigh. “What set Tom apart was one, he’s a solid business guy,” Karmanos said.

On Thursday he signed a purchase agreement to buy the Carolina Hurricanes hockey franchise. In a statement, Dundon said, “The Hurricanes are a team on the rise, and I believe we have an opportunity to take the franchise to the next level. I'm ready to get to work."

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