Chuck Greenberg, former CEO of the Texas Rangers and long involved in professional sports as an attorney and minor league owner, will, according to reports, be the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes if the team is sold. Peter Karmanos Jr. has a letter of intent to sell the team, which came to North Carolina in 1997 and to a new arena in Raleigh in 1999.
Part of the deal is that the Hurricanes will remain in Raleigh, but that assurance isn’t likely to relieve the tension among some fans who have feared that inconsistent attendance would put the Canes at risk of a sale and that the team might be moved. There are some minority owners in the area.
The Hurricanes, after a shaky start at temporary headquarters in Greensboro for two years, certainly captured the fancy of Triangle fans over time, and in the 2005-06 season won the Stanley Cup, ramping up the number of “Caniacs” in the state. Times have been pretty inconsistent since, but the Hurricanes retain an ardent corps of faithful fans who are certainly hoping that new ownership – if it’s Greenberg, he’s said to be a fan’s kind of executive – will indeed keep the team right where it is.