Forget Arthur Blank. Chris Ciovacco wants other community businesspeople and civic officials to step up and give the Thrashers and their fans a reason to not research the weather in Quebec City. His site, ArthurBlankBuyTheThrashers.com, has been expanded to include pleas to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia governor Nathan Deal. The tactic? Business and taxes, something that any good politician responds well to. Lost tax dollars? For a city hurting for income? I’m pretty sure that Mayor Reed’s ear could be bent. His open letter is eloquent and extremely convincing, and the perfect start to a grass-roots campaign to get the Thrashers to stay put in Atlanta. He has been interviewed on 11Alive news, and was on CBS 46 yesterday evening as well.
Local businesses such as Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, and Home Depot would have a serious marketing benefit from purchasing shares in the Thrashers. Businesses and resturaunts around Philips Arena, including within the CNN Center, would be negatively impacted if they lost the forty two regular season and three pre-season Thrashers games a year. No matter how you look at it, it goes back to tax dollars in the coifers of the city and the state. There’s a legit reason to keep hockey in Atlanta, and Ciovacco’s expressed this very convincingly and eloquently.