Prospective new owners remain a mystery

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The 161 voting members of the Amherst junior A Ramblers hockey club will have to decide whether to allow the 42-year-old franchise to be sold to an ownership group they know little about.
Ramblers president George Baker will not divulge who the group, which is offering an immediate cash infusion of $100,000 ($20,000 apiece from five individuals or business or a combination of both) if membership approves the sale of the club for $1, is comprised of.
"If they didn't have the best interests of the team and the community at heart, I wouldn't have even talked to them," Baker said. "They're very hockey minded people and very community minded people."
Baker expects to call a membership vote on the issue by March 15. Should membership accept the sale, among the terms of the agreement will be that the club remain in Amherst.
"The group will still have input from the community," Baker said. "They know they need the volunteer and sponsorship base that we have."
Should the sale fall through, Baker said the organization might have to do some major restructuring.
"The club will be in the black, but the fanbase is down and the fundraising is down this year," Baker said.
Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker had no comment on the sale except to say he did not know who the prospective new owners are.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Ron
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Why can't the potential buyers be disclosed? Probably because financing is probably a challenge for them! Take Baker out of the current equation and you will see more profits anyway.

  • enquiring
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    The only person capable of running the club to a sucess both on and off the ice was run out of town in the 1990's after a stretch of glory that included but was not limited to hosting the Centennial Cup.

    The problem is current ownership has burnt too many bridges and does not possess the business nor hockey sense to return the Ramblers/Mooseheads to those days.

  • Jack on the rocks
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Ben said it right.Who in their right mind would turn over the team to unknown buyers.The team being sold is probably the best possible thing to make sure that the team actually survives.It sounds like Mr Prez may have a thing or two up his sleeve?????????Give up the names George.....

  • ram fan
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    what is the big rush to know who these buyers are?? so people can sit there and try to tear them down to the lowest like you people are attempting?? keep in mind that the meeting this information was brought up in was about by-laws and this whole ownership topic would be discussed at a later date. besides, it doesn't matter if this club continues to be community run or privately owned...people in this community HAVE to support this team! put your differences aside and come out and support your amherst jr ramblers!

  • Ben
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Sounds like smoke and mirrors...there is no way I would vote to sell this team to some mysterious shadow group no one except President Baker knows anything about. What if one of them is the guy who owns all the vacant and falling apart buildings downtown? That hasn't worked out very well for Amherst. It's all about trust, transparency and credibility.

  • Rambler Fan2
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Get George Baker out of the picture and people would support the team...Sometimes George you have to realize that your time as president is up!!!

  • digger
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    i know who it is it is quiznos eah george trying to save his skin again i say let the buyers speak up if they are really out there the longer it goes the worst it will get u know how rumors get started and hurt this team like the rumor true or not about george getting 20 dollars off every 100 dollar ticket sold even if false it is still out there lets clean house an start over with a better group with out george and his click

  • Sceptical
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person who is questioning this. First, they have an unknown sponsor now an unknown group of buyers. Which is it? Stop telling me you have saviours, this is a community operated team at present, and still after all these meetings, no one outside of the close few have any answers. This whole issue has been about transparency and accountability and none of that has changed. Is this just another attempt at a diversiuon?