Ruling a setback for Belkin

Updated: August 18, 2009, 10:27 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A Maryland judge has ruled the eight owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers are back in business under the same operating agreement they shared before their split in 2005.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Durke G. Thompson ruled Monday that the contract the owners reached that would allow the seven owners to buy out Boston-based Steve Belkin was too ambiguous.

The judge encouraged the owners to settle the feud, based in part on a disagreement on the value ...

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