Rousing sendoff for Granger

NBA team presidents met on July 17 at the Wynn Las Vegas during summer league play and while there was much business discussed, the league’s top brass also gave Chris Granger a rousing sendoff as the executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations (TMBO) departs to become president of the Sacramento Kings effective Aug. 1.
After Granger gave what was his final presentation during the meeting, he was given with a standing ovation, with Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts delivering a speech praising Granger and TMBO. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver also recognized Granger in front of the team presidents.

Now the fun begins for Granger, who headed TMBO since 2008. He takes over business operations for the Kings as it looks to rebuild its alienated fan base in Sacramento following the team’s prolonged sale by the Maloofs. Granger must also help the team’s new ownership led by Vivek Ranadivé build a new arena.

One of the main business topics discussed by the presidents was secondary ticketing issues.

Ceasers Entertainment chief executive officer Gary Loveman also addressed the team presidents during the meeting. Loveman also owns a minority stake in the Boston Celtics.
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