NBA spokesman: Hawks not leaving Atlanta

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Kurt has already explained why the Hawks – even when sold – are not leaving Atlanta.

The reasons include:

  • Attendance and TV ratings are up this year.
  • Turner Broadcasting, an NBA partner, is headquartered in Atlanta.
  • Buying out the arena lease would be expensive.

But just in case you need official confirmation…

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

That is a strong and direct statement with no room for contingencies. The NBA wouldn’t make that public unless absolutely certain the Hawks were remaining in Atlanta. Therefore, the Hawks are absolutely remaining in Atlanta.

Seattle will have to steal a team from another city.

The Hawks also confirmed all shares of the team and the arena’s operating rights are for sale, which was reported through anonymous sources last week.