According to a commenter in the last post, the Spirit are "on the verge" of being sold, but the new owners are looking for "certain assurances" from the city of Lynn, or else they will fold the team. This leads me to two thoughts:
1) The Item story was wrong in saying that Nick is considering moving the franchise somewhere else (although I suppose I should never be surprised when the Item makes a factual error)
2) I'm inclined to believe that these new owners won't get said assurances from the city. I don't think the city really cares about the existence of the team anymore. Sad, but true.
And another thing: Let's assume the best-case scenario goes through, and a new owner that isn't the Goldklang Group buys the Spirit and keeps them where they are, with added concessions from the city.
I know we've all had our problems with Nick Lopardo (me more than some others, in fact), but... aren't ya gonna miss the way he runs things at least a little bit? I sure hope that we keep Kunion and the rest of our player procurement staff, and I hope we don't lose the commitment to building a good team... from the perspective of a fan, you have to love what Nick's done. He's stayed true to the game without making a mockery of it, and he's consistently churned out good teams. I know that what's more important at this level is the business aspect... but from a fan's perspective, you have to be a little worried about what would happen under a new regime.