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Rine: Nailers Sale Headed to Stage 2

January 27, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING The proposed sale of the Wheeling Nailers is about to reach its second stage, according to the team's Vice President of Business Operations Craig Bommer.

That step will be the formal exchange of financial numbers between current owners Rob and Jim Brooks and the five known potential ownership groups, three of which are local and would keep the team in Wheeling.

"We've taken a ton more calls but I don't know how serious some of them are," Bommer said prior to tonight's Nailers' game at WesBanco Arena against the Reading Royals.

The Brooks brothers asked that all interested parties sign non-disclosure agreements, the last of which arrived at their Main Street offices Friday. The owners then finalized their financial package, which includes, among other things, the sale cost, which Jim Brooks identified as in the "mid-six figures," and the type of work the team does in the community.

Basically, it's a list of what makes the team important to the Ohio Valley.

Bommer said groups are hoping to begin going over the financial packages as soon as Monday.

"It's going to move pretty quickly" from this point, Bommer said.

Bommer said "without a doubt" the feeling around the franchise is much better than a little more than a week ago when Jim Brooks announced the team was for sale.

"It's really good. My gut says the team will be here next year," Bommer said. "We knew there would be interest, but had no idea there would be this much."

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