I've been trying to do some digging on the sale of the Stars, and it appears the parties are making a concerted effort to go underground.
At this point, this is all I have received, but I figured I would share it with you.
In an e-mail with Tom Hicks, I asked several questions and received this response:
``We are doing the Stars the opposite of MLB/Rangers.....very quietly.''
I asked Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, these two questions and received these two answers:
Who is in charge of the sale of the Dallas Stars at this time?
Here is Bill Daly's response: ``Tom Hicks''
Does the debt situation surrounding Monarch Alternative Capital and Hicks Sports Group affect how the NHL will interact in the deal with the Stars?
When I sent a new e-mail to Tom Hicks about the responses I received from Bill Daly and asked what the difference between the Stars' sale and Rangers' sale might be, Hicks responded:
``No comments, Mike. We will handle quietly.''
Hicks Sports Group has enlisted Galatioto Sports Partners to be the broker in this deal, and they have not returned the calls of our business department.
We have talked about the group that is led by Billy Quinn, Jim Lites and Mike Modano and I believe there are two other groups who are serious about the sale. I talked to Lites today and he also said that he would not be commenting on the proceedings going forward.
I have placed several calls to the two other people I believe are interested in buying the Stars and neither has returned those calls. Because I cannot confirm to our standards whether those two indeed have interest, I can't report who they are.
I'll keep working, but I just wanted to share with you the updates and the fact the NHL says they are handling this differently than the way Major League Baseball has. I would think they would all be intertwined because of the lenders and Hicks Sports Group, but for now the NHL appears to feel they have the sale under control. Hicks said in an e-mail a week ago that the process is in the very early stages with the Stars.