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Are the Thrashers and Hawks lousy because of AOL? 

Steve and Becky: The best thing would be to sell these franchises to someone like Arthur Blank. With AOL, there is no personality -- no leadership. Who actually makes the decisions? Does Stan Kasten make the final decision? Who's his boss? Where does it stop? I can't say AOL is cheap; the Braves have a $95 million payroll. But they're not spending enough on the Thrashers. Sell the Hawks. Get rid of them. AOL needs to concentrate on their key businesses and get out of their peripheral sports franchises.

Crazy Mom: I don't see why ownership has anything to do with it. People got to blame somebody: AOL, the coach. I don't care who owns the team -- if the players don't play up to 100 percent, they can't win. I think [Thrashers] management has done well. They've gone out and have gotten the players, and eventually I think they will do well. The players sometimes just act like their heart isn't into it; I don't know why.

Billy: AOL doesn't care whether Atlanta wins. There are players and coaches available, and they are not making moves to get them -- any sport fan can see that. They're bargain hunting, and Byron Dafoe was a bargain. They got Curt Fraser, a minor league coach, to coach a NHL expansion team. He never had a chance; he was overmatched. But they saw him as a bargain. It's all AOL. If Ted owned it, they would have an open wallet to do what they had to do. AOL is operating on the cheap, and it's filtering down and it's showing up on the Braves.

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