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Oracle CEO Ellison Inquires About Buying Grizzlies, Relocating Team To San Jose
Published March 19, 2012
DIFFERENT PERSEPCTIVE: In N.Y., Ben Rothenberg noted Ellison, who also owns the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament is "ready to apply his philosophies to other professional sports." He said, "If it makes sense, I’m going to buy a basketball team. Not at a crazy price. I'm not going to set the record for having spent the most money ever in the history of the NBA for a basketball team." Ellison added, "I think there are a bunch of things you can do to make basketball better, in terms of a better experience for the fans....I think a lot of the stadiums really aren’t very good." He said, "A lot of the stadiums make no sense to me. You’re sitting so far away from the game" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/18).