Upcoming Trail Blazers sale could partially atone for team not hiring Becky Hammon

Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs
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If the recent sale of Chelsea FC has taught us anything, it’s that sports franchises are more valuable than ever. The English Premier League club sold for $5 billion and there was no shortage of suitors. This should give Portland Trail Blazers fans a better night’s sleep in the coming months as a sale of the team is inevitable.

After owner Paul Allen passed away, his sister Jody took on the role of owner, and it’s only meant to be temporary, according to John Canzano. The longtime Pacific Northwest sportswriter said of Allen’s two sports franchises — the Blazers and Seattle Seahawks — Rip City would likely be sold first, with the Hawks following shortly after.

The good news for Rose City residents who are worried about a new owner moving the team north for a few hours in Seattle is that this possibility is impossible. by a current team president of an NBA franchise. There have been rumors of expansion teams coming to Seattle and Las Vegasand the lucrative fees that come with them.

Of the three potential bidders Canzano has pitched, two of them are high-profile women, with MacKenzie Scott (Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife) and Laurene Powell-Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow) showing strength. interest.

Also in the picture is Oracle Corporation co-founder Larry Ellison, who bid and lost bids to buy the Warriors, Pelicans and Grizzlies. In addition to those names, groups that fail in their bid to buy the Denver Broncos could throw their billions in the ring, as speculation is that the people overseeing the auction of Mile High’s favorite franchise will also proceed. at the sale of the Blazers. .

Blazers vice-president Bert Kolde is in charge of the transaction and pays close attention to what the Broncos are going for. Valued at $1.7 billion upon Allen’s death, Kolde’s ideal price for a sale is in the range of $3 billion.

All of this adds up to a tremendous amount of money in the banana stand. As a diehard Blazer, my choice would be between Scott and Powell-Jobs because the sport needs another old white owner like the NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL. needs another Stan Kroenke.

The most prominent female owners in professional sports are Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, and I guess Jody Allen, who will soon be a former owner. (Canzano mentioned an unsubstantiated rumor that Allen might be trying to keep a piece of the Seahawks, so there’s a universe where she might still be involved in sports franchise ownership.)

There’s no guarantee Scott or Powell-Jobs will succeed as owners, as it’s an incredibly tough business. The Lakers won a title under Buss, but haven’t done much good since, except for hiring Darvin Ham. The Lions had some good off-season clippings and hopefully that will lead to season success. (I remain skeptical until I see it, though. Not because of Ford; more because these are the lions.) And the New Orleans franchises under Benson have been great at cheering the first-round exit. The Saints’ recent run was the best in franchise history, and the Pelicans were able to turn things around despite everything going on with Zi.about Williamson and the city’s apathetic approach to NBA basketball.

On the WNBA side, its most notable/notorious female owner was Kelly Loeffler, who was kicked out of Atlanta by her own players due to her rampant Trumpism. Scott and Powell-Jobs are the opposite of that, and their baseline as people would be a welcome outlier to their male counterparts.

Scott is a philanthropist by trade, and made generous donations to organizations like Spark Justice, which provides money for bail funds, and the Communities Transforming Police Fund, an activist group that focuses on “redefining security” and investing in “alternatives to the police and the prisons”.

Lowell-Jobs is also heavily involved in philanthropic work. She pledged to donate $3.5 billion to fight climate change. I don’t agree with her position on donor-advised funds, which essentially allow donors to remain anonymous because the public needs to know where the money is going, who it is going to, and how it is being used to exert influence. That said, his contributions to the presidential campaigns of Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden, as well as his participation in The Atlantic and public rebuke of Donald Trumppaint a picture of someone who holds the values ​​dear to the league – and to Portlanders.

The catch for either of these powerhouse women at the helm is the search for coaches from the past offseason that has seen Chauncey Billups is hired rather than Becky Hammon, who would have broken barriers as the first woman to serve as an NBA head coach. Billups was charged with sexual assault in 1997, and Damian Lillard, who we know is incredibly revered in the city, took some shit for endorsing Billups as head coach.

His future and the future of the franchise are inextricably linked, and who knows how he would feel if Powell-Jobs or Scott chose to dump the coach he preferred and the one Lillard said he feels. obliged to help succeed. There’s also no guarantee Scott or Powell-Jobs will succeed as owners, as it’s not an easy job.

The one thing that’s certain is that the Trail Blazers will have a new owner, and I hope its passionate, loyal and protective fanbase will have an owner they — and Lillard — can support.

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