Dallas Stars: Tony Tavares

Quotable: Bettman on Dallas Stars sale

January, 29, 2011
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday that there are a half dozen parties interested in buying the Dallas Stars.

Bettman spoke to the media prior to Saturday’s NHL SuperSkills competition in Raleigh. In his opening statements, he briefly touched on the situation surrounding the Stars. He said the league is not funding the team and said that the appointment of Tony Tavares as interim president is to keep the team running smoothly and help the sale process along.

Here is what Bettman had to say about the sale on the Stars Saturday:
“Dallas, everybody's well chronicled the difficulties that ownership has had. The league is not - I repeat - not funding the club. There's an orderly sales process underway with probably half a dozen interested parties. Tony Tavares has been installed to keep things operationally sound, helping the sales process and make sure that the franchise continues to conduct business in a first class way in the ordinary course.”
After weeks of speculation, Tony Tavares has been named the interim president of the Dallas Stars. Tavares is a former executive with the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Expos.

“I am very excited about joining the Dallas Stars,” Tavares said. “There are a lot of good people in the organization and I look forward to working with them.”

Along with his stints with the Ducks and Expos, Tavares went on to become president and CEO of Sports Properties Acquisition Corporation, a publicly-traded limited-life company focused on buying a professional sports team, in July, 2007. Tavares currently owns ProEminent Sports LLC, a sports and entertainment consulting firm.

Tavares, who has been working with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk in an unofficial capacity over the past few weeks, will begin his role as the official interim president of the Stars immediately.

The Stars have been without a president since August, when Jeff Cogen left the organization to join the Nashville Predators as CEO.