Stan Kasten has stepped down as President of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, and the Atlanta Thrashers.
Kasten will take his time to decide what he wants to do next in his career. He is now able to talk with the Atlanta Spirit, the group buying the Hawks, Thrashers, and the operating rights to Philips Arena from AOL/Time Warner.
Kasten became the President of the Braves in April of 1986, while still serving as the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks. Kasten was elevated to the President's role with the Hawks in 1990, and was named President of the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999.
In the winter of 1990, Kasten hired John Schuerholz away from Kansas City to be the Braves General Manager. He also persuaded then-GM Bobby Cox to return to the dugout exclusively.
Kasten has served as chairman of the Player Personal Development Committee and on committees dealing wth labor, realignment, and expansion.
As of now, Terry McGuirk will assume the responsibilities in running the Braves.
The Atlanta Spirit, a group made up mostly of Atlanta businessmen, have an agreement with AOL/Time Warner to purchase the Hawks, Thrashers, and Operating to Philips Arena. The deals are currently pending approval from the NBA and NHL.
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