Some possibilities have been released for who could be the next owner of the Phoenix Suns and some big names are among the favorites.
OddsShark It released prospects to replace Robert Sarver, who announced he was “looking for buyers” for the Suns and Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, following a backlash from the results of an NBA investigation.
Favorite of those possibilities? Former Disney CEO Bob Iger, at +125.
Jeff Bezos, former CEO and founder of Amazon, came in second at +350, followed by Arturo Moreno of Arizona, current owner of the Los Angeles Angels, at +650, who is tied for third place with Elon Musk, business magnate and investor.
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Sarver was suspended for a year for any activities involving Suns and Mercury and a $10 million fine after an NBA investigation discovered “workplace misconduct and regulatory deficiencies.”
An ESPN report on November 4 sparked what proved to be a 10-month investigation into allegations that Sarver created a “toxic” work environment.
The results of the investigation show that the 60-year-old Sarver used the N word several times and made inappropriate comments towards women.
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After the backlash over the NBA penalty, Sarver said he would begin the process of selling the team.
“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I was expecting the commissioner’s one-year suspension to allow me time to focus, compensate, and remove personal controversy from the teams I love and many of my fans.
“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – anything good that I have done, or can still do, is outweighed by the things I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am beginning the process of finding buyers for the Sauns. and Mercury”.
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Other names at odds for the purchase of the Phoenix Suns
There are some other interesting names listed on OddsShark’s odds of being the next owner of the Suns.
Michael Bidwell, owner of the Arizona Cardinals, at +800, with Walmart heir Lucas Walton at +1200.
Former US President Donald Trump is listed at +1400, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is listed at +1800.
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Lornie Powell Jobs, the ex-wife of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, were included as potential candidates to buy the team by ESPN on Wednesday.
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Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic contributed to this story.
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