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Suns Shoot Down Report Of Owner Sarver's Possible Franchise Sale

The original report stated that Sarver had launched a "very quiet, private sale message"
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The original report stated that Sarver had launched a "very quiet, private sale message"
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES
The original report stated that Sarver had launched a "very quiet, private sale message"
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES

The Suns have refuted a report from Sportsnet's John Shannon that team Owner Robert Sarver was "looking to sell," according to Duane Rankin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The Suns called the report "100 percent false." Shannon "stirred things up" earlier this week during an appearance on KJZZ-FM in Phoenix while discussing his reporting on the Coyotes' "ongoing ownership situation." Shannon said, "There are a great deal of rumblings -- more than rumblings -- that, very quietly, Robert Sarver has put the Suns up for sale." He added this was "not public yet, but he certainly has launched a very quiet, private sale message out there." Shannon: "I can tell you that my sources are absolutely impeccable on this story about the Coyotes. And then what came to discussion last night from another story was that yes, in fact, Mr. Sarver is quietly trying to sell the basketball team as well." Shannon also reported that there is an "impending sale" of the Coyotes by Owner Andrew Barroway. Shannon reported Barroway "will be vacating his majority position within the hockey club, will still maintain a minority position with the hockey club as the NHL and the new owners close the deal, probably between now and the board of governors (meeting) in June." Rankin notes it has been "no secret that Barroway has been seeking an investor to join the Coyotes as a minority owner" (AZCENTRAL.com, 5/24).