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Kasten out as president of Braves, Hawks and Thrashers

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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Stan Kasten announced his resignation Monday as president of the Atlanta , Hawks and Thrashers. The move by Kasten comes two months after it was announced the NBA's Hawks, NHL's Thrashers and Philips Arena were being sold by corporate owner Time Warner to a group led by Boston businessman Steve Belkin.

With Kasten leaving, Turner Broadcasting vice chairman Terry McGuirk will be expected to take over Kasten's role with the and will also oversee the Hawks and Thrashers until the sale of those clubs is completed likely within the next month.

The 51-year-old Kasten, the first person in pro sports history to hold the position of president of three different teams at the same time, just finished his 17th season as president. Under his leadership, he has helped shape a team that has captured 12 straight division titles.

Kasten had been president of the Hawks since April 1986 and president of the Thrashers since November 1999.

Kasten was actually introduced into pro sports management after meeting owner Ted Turner during a 1976 game between the and . Kasten was celebrating his law school graduation and was touring major league ballparks.

Three years later, Kasten was tabbed as general manager of the Hawks and at 27 was the youngest GM in the history of the NBA.

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