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Thrashers owners talking with 2 possible buyers

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levenson said Thursday talks are continuing with two potential buyers who would keep the team in Atlanta.

Levenson said there has been increased interest in the team following last month's announcement by another co-owner, Michael Gearon Jr., that there was a ''sense of urgency'' in the search if the team is to remain in Atlanta. That increased interest led to talks with three possible buyers.

''We have continued to have dialogue with two of those parties,'' Levenson told The Associated Press. ''We have not had discussions with the third party in a couple of weeks.

''I believe both these parties emerged at least in part as a result of Michael's comments last month regarding a sense of urgency.''

Levenson said the owners have talked only with potential buyers who want to keep the team in Atlanta.

The ownership group also owns the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and operating rights to Philips Arena, which is home to both teams.

Levenson said none of the talks with potential buyers have involved the Hawks.

The owners say they have lost more than $130 million since 2005.