Sports team ownership changes

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Joe Tsai speaks to reporters during a news conference before a WNBA exhibition basketball game between the New York Liberty and China in New York. The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday,Sept. 18, 2019, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 18, 2019 - 11:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both. Tsai's purchase of the Nets was...
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September 13, 2019 - 1:05 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire Joe Mansueto has purchased full ownership of the Chicago Fire. The team announced Friday that Mansueto — the founder and executive chairman of Chicago-based financial services firm Morningstar Inc. — bought the remaining shares of the team from Andrew Hauptman...
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Kansas City Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert celebrates on second after hitting a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 30, 2019 - 3:30 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass and his family on Friday announced the sale of the Kansas City Royals to an ownership group led by local entrepreneur John Sherman in a deal expected to be worth about $1 billion. The Royals announced the sale just days after word began to leak that the Sherman...
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Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard, right, defends New York Liberty center Tina Charles, left, who looks to pass during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 13, 2019 - 9:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles is pleased how the New York Liberty ownership group has continued to support the players' activism involving social issues. The team hosted its third annual Comm-UNITY Day game this past weekend and players participated in a series of events around Sunday's matchup...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is shown during a break in action in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in New York. Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Shattenkirk played 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and ranking first among the team's defensemen in assists (26) and points (28). (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 05, 2019 - 10:00 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being bought out by the New York Rangers. Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday. Shattenkirk said he chose the...
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Tennessee Titans players watch the rain from the players' tunnel during a weather delay at NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
August 03, 2019 - 8:03 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thunderstorms gave the Tennessee Titans a painful flashback to their 2018 season opener in Miami and the longest game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 before a night practice at their stadium. Turns out offering a free concert by country singer Jake Owen followed by...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 and the league's challenge these days is growth and not survival, an upward trajectory that will be boosted when the U.S. co-hosts the World Cup in 2026. MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, file)
August 01, 2019 - 2:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Garber keeps a fireman's hat in his office. "When you're running a business like this, you are a fireman. You're putting out fires every day," he said. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, and the league's challenge these days is growth, an...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis speaks during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Ever since soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pat Bowlen stepped down from his daily duties as owner of the Denver Broncos, team president Joe Ellis ran the team in a "What would Pat do" sort of way. With Bowlen's death last month, that's no longer the case. Ellis tells The Associated Press it's time for the Broncos to establish a new identity. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 18, 2019 - 10:52 am
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ever since soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pat Bowlen stepped down from his daily duties as owner of the Denver Broncos, team president and CEO Joe Ellis ran the team in a "What would Pat do?" sort of way. With Bowlen's death last month, that's no longer the case. Ellis told The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2004, file photo, fans watch a baseball game between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan that could see the team split its home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, reports said Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 21, 2019 - 12:49 pm
Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn't pan out, there are potential backup...
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston, where Dunkin' brands announced a new multi-year agreement partnership with the National Hockey League. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 19, 2019 - 2:48 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Meruelo was approved as the new majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also reaffirmed the league's belief that the Coyotes need a downtown arena for the long-troubled franchise to have a...
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