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Brunswick Corporation has sold Triton Boats brand, which should help an improving bottom line for the company as it climbs from the recession.

The buyer is Fishing Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Platinum Equity, which purchased Champion and Stratos bass brands, among others, in an auction last autumn. The purchase came through the Genmar bankruptcy proceedings and threw quite a bit of concern in the pro anglers and industry, both watching to see what effects would transpire.

Brunswick’s fiberglass boat production will move from Ashland City, Tenn., where Triton was founded, to Flippin, Ark., where Ranger Boats is located.

Here’s another solid piece, with links, about former Genmar chairman Irwin Jacobs regarding the bankruptcy and breakup of the company.

Arena team moving, too?

What a weird coincidence with another move that will throw ripples into the little world of arena football.

A report at ArenaFan.com has the Alabama Vipers, which are based in Huntsville, moving to Atlanta or Nashville. Those cities had AFL teams in the past and current Vipers coach Dean Cokinos was the Nashville Kats’ head coach before coming to Huntsville.

Atlanta’s team, the Force, played in the Gwinnett arena and left it lacking a major spring-summer tennant when the league’s troubles emerged in 2008-09. Now after a couple of years of regrouping and some AFL teams joining AF2 teams — like Huntsville’s — in a hybrid league, it appears they’re starting to shake out some cobwebs from former AFL cities to get back into larger markets.

Interesting, to say the least. Huntsville has supported the Vipers pretty well and the games are fun to attend. Loud, but fun. The Vipers’ website touts ticket sales for this week’s event as the “Last Game of the Season.”

Might it be the last game in Huntsville? We’ll see.

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BASS has announced it is returning to Alabama in 2011 for the third straight year to put on its angler of the year post-season tournaments featuring the top 12 from its regular-season points standings.

Here’s the first part of the announcement:

BASS announced Monday that the organization will head to Alabama, the state where it was founded more than 40 years ago, in 2011 for the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason, the third consecutive year the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be awarded in the River Region.

The Postseason is set for July 23-30 and will again be played out on two productive Alabama fisheries, with the first leg, the Trophy Chase, set for Lake Jordan out of Wetumpka and the finale, the Trophy Triumph, slated for the Alabama River from Montgomery.

The current post-season events are in the gap between the first one, held last weekend at Lake Jordan and won by Russ Lane of Prattville, and this weekend’s tournament on the Alabama River out of Montgomery.

Here’s the full release at Bassmaster.com.

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