Vancouver business-man Tom Gaglardi’s exclusive negotiating period with the Dallas Stars has ended, and a few familiar names have joined the race to own the latest beleaguered DFW sports team.
Chuck Greenberg, owner of the Texas Rangers for all of seven months before stepping down, has been approved as a potential buyer for the Dallas Stars. The man known as the savior of baseball in Arlington is now taking his talents to the rink, where he could very well lead another team out of the depths and into the playoffs.
It’s clear that Chuck is capable of owning a team. He showed that in his short tenure with the Rangers. However, if he were to own the Dallas Stars, he wouldn’t have to tip-toe around a legend to get things done. We all know that Nolan Ryan had a large part in Chuck leaving the Rangers, and time will tell if that was a smart move, but now Chuck has another opportunity to do what he clearly wants so badly; own a team.
The other big name to throw his hat into the ownership ring is Mark Cuban, who has reportedly also been approved to buy the Stars.
To most, Cuban would seem like the obvious choice to own the Stars, but I hesitate to jump fully on his bandwagon. Part of what makes Cuban such a great owner in the NBA is his passion for the game. He doesn’t only love the Mavs, he loves basketball.
Here’s what I believe is Cuban’s main motivation to own a second Dallas franchise: if Cubes owned the Stars he would own 100% of the American Airlines Center.
Now, I trust that Cuban would bring someone in, or partner with someone who was hockey savvy, but I think most fans would be sorely disappointed in Cuban’s lack of involvement with the team. I, personally, think Cuban would be better off buying the Dodgers.
Now, if both Greenberg and Cuban do have major interest in the Stars, it would provide an interesting twist to the sale.
Especially since all signs point towards another bankruptcy auction.
So far the bankruptcy showdown stands 1-0 in favor of Greenberg, but if it goes to that with the Stars who knows what will happen.
Regardless of who ends up owning the team, the Stars will be in a better place.