The Atlanta Dream are near being bought, ending defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s contentious stint as a WNBA proprietor.
”Because it pertains to the Atlanta Dream, we perceive a sale of the franchise is near being finalized,” the league mentioned in a press release. ”As soon as the sale negotiation is concluded, further data can be offered.”
Gamers across the league have referred to as for Loeffler to promote her 49% stake within the Dream after she wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert over the summer time objecting to the league’s initiatives to advocate for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter motion.
When Loeffler, a Republican appointed to her Senate seat by President Donald Trump, did not instantly promote the crew, WNBA gamers began to endorse and marketing campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5. That end result, mixed with Jon Ossoff’s victory in a runoff for Georgia’s different Senate seat, handed Democrats management of the Senate.
Warnock and Ossoff have been set to be sworn in Wednesday, the identical day President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will maintain the tiebreaking vote within the 50-50 Senate, have been to be inaugurated.
Loeffler, a rich businesswoman who had intently aligned herself with Trump, has been an proprietor of the Dream since 2011. She hadn’t served because the franchise’s consultant to the league’s Board of Governors since October 2019. She additionally wasn’t concerned in day-to-day enterprise.
Mary and John Brock are the Dream’s majority homeowners.
After Warnock gained the runoff, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted a photograph of Dream gamers carrying ”Vote Warnock” shirts with the caption: ”Assume I am gone put collectively an possession group for the The Dream.”
Carmelo Anthony, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, actor Kevin Hart and former NFL participant Champ Bailey all replied that they might be desirous about serving to to purchase the crew.
The Dream could be the second WNBA franchise bought this month. The Las Vegas Aces have been purchased, pending approval from the league’s Board of Governors, by Raiders proprietor Mark Davis.
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