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SBD/October 26, 2012/Franchises
NBA BOG Approves Grizzlies Sale To Pera; $350M Deal Expected To Close Soon
Published October 26, 2012
MYSTERY MAN: In Memphis, Ronald Tillery notes NBA Commissioner David Stern "will be in FedExForum on Nov. 5 for the Grizzlies' home opener against the Utah Jazz" where "presumably, he'll introduce Pera to Memphis." Players and coaches "reacted Thursday with cautious optimism." Pera "remains a mystery, except for his age (34) and primary business interest (Ubiquiti Networks)." The hope of "FedExForum employees responsible for Griz wins and losses is that their new boss doesn't see the need for major modifications" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/26).
STAYING PUT: In Memphis, Geoff Calkins writes, "You know the really wonderful thing about the moment? You don't hear a single thing about the team being moved." It is "not even part of the conversation." Calkins: "This, ladies and gentlemen, is something to celebrate" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/26).
MEETING POINT: The Grizzlies and FedExForum on Thursday announced a partnership with Charles Vergos' Rendezvous to be the official provider of Memphis barbecue for all FedExForum events. Rendezvous will have five locations throughout the arena and will have its grand opening Nov. 5 (THE DAILY).