Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 4:35 pm  |  11 responses

NBA to Buy the New Orleans Hornets

Not exactly shocking news. Here’s the official word, per NBA PR: “NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that the NBA is proceeding with the purchase of the New Orleans Hornets, following Gary Chouest’s decision not to proceed with the acquisition of the interest of majority owner George Shinn.  The transaction is subject to a vote by the NBA’s Board of Governors, which will likely occur next week. ‘George Shinn has been an exceptional owner for New Orleans and Gary Chouest has been extraordinarily supportive as a minority owner,’ said Stern. ‘However, in light of the uncertain economic situation in New Orleans and Louisiana, Gary has decided not to move forward with the purchase of George’s majority interest although he was prepared to remain an investor in the team.  In the absence of any viable purchaser seeking to own the Hornets in New Orleans, I recommended to the NBA Board of Governors that the best way to assure stability and the adequate funding of the franchise would be for the league to step in, and complete the transaction and assume control. The Hornets have a strong management team in Hugh Weber, Dell Demps, and Monty Williams and we have recruited Jac Sperling, a seasoned sports executive and New Orleans native, to be the team’s chairman and governor, with Hugh serving as president and alternate governor. I have notified Governor Jindal and Mayor Landrieu about this transaction and will continue our dialogue with them about ways to strengthen the franchise for new ownership in New Orleans.’ According to Shinn, ‘When we were unable to complete the transaction with Gary, I suggested to the Commissioner that the league consider the purchase of the Hornets. I wanted to ensure that the team remained in New Orleans, if that was possible, and recognized that the league could provide the necessary funding while a new owner was sought in New Orleans and negotiations with the city and the state could continue.’  ‘New Orleans owes a debt of gratitude to George for bringing NBA basketball back to the city,’ said Chouest. ‘I have greatly enjoyed the experience with the Hornets and, of course, will continue to support the team.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Unless I’m mistaken, is this pretty unprecedented? Also, how is the team managed by the league with any degree of impartiality with regards to trades, contracts, etc?

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    conflict of interest anyone?

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro. D

    Give them to Seattle, give Charlotte back the name and unis. Everybody wins.

  • 80

    Now that they own the team, do they want it to be a winning team?

  • TheTruth

    Man they’re not going to give the hornets to seattle. The reason they were selling the hornets was because ticket sales, which is the exact reason why the sonics left. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years they move some where in europe. Stern already said they wanted teams over there.

  • don

    with cp3 on the team, you’d think the hornets would sell tickets

  • http://www.charlotteburgerblog.com Patrick

    Maybe they’ll move to Seattle, become the Sonics, and Charlotte can have the Hornets’ name again!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    David Stern for GM! LOL. In other news, the Hornets will never ever commit another foul and will win all games! LOL. Sorry.. Slow day at work.

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  • Sonicproof

    Austin Hornets!

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