Nets to be sold for $2.35 billion

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2019

Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis of the New York Post report Tsai is close to signing a deal to buy the remaining 51% of the team from Prokhorov.

Prokhorov bought an 80 percent share of the Nets in 2010 and immediately moved the team from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

If Tsai signs off on the deal, he'll be exercising his right to buy the remaining 51 percent of the team from Prokhorov two seasons early.

Tsai's deal to buy a minority stake in the Nets granted him the option to purchase controlling interest from Prokhorov by the 2021 season.

Tsai, the co-founder of Alibaba, previously bought a 49% stake in the team in 2017.

The price would the highest ever paid for a sports franchise, topping the $2.2 billion price tags that were recently paid for the Carolina Panthers and Houston Rockets. The NBA encourages its owners to own their own arenas.

Anthony, who played parts of seven seasons with the New York Knicks, would be the latest in a long line of stars at various stages in their careers who've joined the Brooklyn Nets franchise this summer.

Forbes reportedly puts his wealth at US$9.9 billion (NT$310.8 billion).

As the Brooklyn Nets launch a new era of basketball with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it appears they'll be doing so under new ownership.

There's no indication that the Nets organization is specifically interested in signing Anthony to a contract.

Sales staff received almost 1,000 inbound calls on that day alone, and within a week, the Nets had already exceeded its ticket revenue for all of the 2018-19 season.

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