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Anthony Sansone Jr. says he still is interested in buying the Tampa Bay Lightning



A St. Louis real estate developer who also has been kicking the Tampa Bay Lightning's tires, reiterated he still has interest in buying the team, but declined comment on where his due diligence stands, though it is reasonable to assume he still is determining if the numbers work.

Reached in Europe where he is on business, Anthony Sansone Jr., said, "Obviously, we remain interested," but would not say when he will decide whether or not to pursue ownership.

Sansone, 51, originally was part of Len Barrie's attempt to buy out co-owner Oren Koules. But when Barrie in August vacated an exclusive window to buy the team, Sansone basically took the lead. Koules allowed the effort to go forward even though Koules, technically, is in his exclusive window to buy. It is believed Barrie, whose financial problems at his Bear Mountain resort & Spa in Victoria, British Columbia, are ongoing, would have only a small stake if Sansone became majority owner.

It is unclear what effect Greene's decision will have on Sansone, or whether Greene's decision clarified or set back the overall process. But apparently Sansone is still standing, though we don't yet know how solidly.

[Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 12:15am]


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