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Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 12:25 pm  |  16 responses

Atlanta Hawks Sold to Pizza Chain Owner


Looks like the Atlanta Hawks finally have a new owner. Via AJC: ”A person familiar with the deal says controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because no official announcement has been made. The deal, subject to the approval of the NBA, is to be announced on Monday. The Hawks ownership group, led by Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson, also recently sold the NHL Atlanta Thrashers to a group that has moved the team to Winnipeg. The Thrashers deal, for a reported $170 million, was announced on May 31. The Hawks will remain in Atlanta. Meruelo founded La Pizza Loca, which has over 50 franchised and company owned restaurants in Southern California.”

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  • IDOT

    Hopefully this dude will do a better job of owning team and make smart choices unlike those 7 dummies that overpaid Joe Johnson.

  • Matt Park

    Dude doesn’t even know everyone on the roster…

  • Heals

    La Pizza Loca, nuff said…

  • elmaar

    seems like a guy from breaking bad…

  • http://youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    No way of knowing whether this guy will be the next Cuban or the next Sterling, but it’s hard not to be excited as a Hawks fan to get out from under the diabolical ASG regime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    haha @elmaar I love that show.

  • Big M.D.W

    hahahahhahahaha they r screwed

  • http://livingwitholdfogies.blogspot.com/ dma

    and how long before he moves the team to anaheim debates happen?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Once lockout ends, next point of business, sign Eddy Curry.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    IDOT…owners and GM’s are two totally different positions…

  • HAMMER

    How bout title being “Atlanta Hawks sold to first ever Hispanic owner”. Just like Robert Johnson got the recognition of being the 1st black owner when he purchased the Bobcats, Alex Meruelo deserves the same recognition. Felicidades Senor Don Meruelo!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Good luck making money out of the Hawks. Can’t think of a better team to buy right now, with their young talent, low payroll and the economic boom local fans are experiencing.
    OH WAIT.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    San Diego Hawks

  • mike

    At least the concessions will be improved…

  • Yesse

    FREE PIZZA!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Not sure if he’ll be the next Cuban…but he is Cuban.
    Like Hammer said, good to see a Latino doing big things.

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