Upcoming sale of Trail Blazers could partially atone for team not hiring Becky Hammon

Lauren Powell Jobs

Lauren Powell Jobs
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If the recent sale of Chelsea FC has taught us anything, it’s that sports franchises are as valuable as ever. The Premier League club was sold for $5 billion, and there was no shortage of suitors. This should make Portland Trail Blazers fans sleep better in the coming months as a team sale is inevitable.

After the death of owner Paul Allen, his sister Judy took over the role of the owner, and it was meant to be a temporary, According to John Kanzano. The longtime Pacific Northwest sports writer said of Allen’s two sports franchises — the Blazers and Seattle Seahawks — that Rip City will likely sell first with the Hawks following soon after.

The good news for Rose City folks worried about a new team owner moving north a few hours to Seattle is that the prospect is “no way,” For every seated head coach for an NBA franchise. has passed Expansion teams rumored to be coming to Seattle and Las VegasThe lucrative fees that come with them.

Of the three potential bidders Kanzano put up, two of them are high profile women, with Mackenzie Scott (Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife) and Lauren Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow) expressing interest.

Oracle Corporation co-founder Larry Ellison, who bid and lost in attempts to buy Warriors, Pelicans, and Grizzlies, is also in the mix. In addition to these names, groups lacking in their bid to buy the Denver Broncos could throw their billions into the ring because speculation is that the people overseeing the auctions for Mile High’s favorite franchise will also sell the Blazers. .

Blazers Vice President, Bert Kolde, is in charge of the deal and takes a close interest in what the Broncos brings. Worth $1.7 billion upon Allen’s death, Kolde’s ideal selling price was in the $3 billion range.

It all adds up to a huge amount of Money in a banana stand. As a strong Blazer player my choice would be between Scott and Powell-Jobs because the sport needs another male, white, and old owner like the NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL Stan Kroenke needs another.

The most famous owners in professional sports are Lakers owner Jenny Boss, Sheila Ford Hump owner of the Detroit Lions, Gayle Benson of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, and presumably Jodi Allen, who will soon become the former owner. (Kanzano mentioned an unfounded rumor that Allen might be trying to keep a piece of the Seahawks, so there’s a world in which she could still co-own a sports franchise.)

There is no guarantee that Scott or Powell-Jobs will be successful as owners because it is a very difficult task. The Lakers won a title under Boss, but they haven’t done much since then except to hire Darvin Hamm. The Lions have had some good off-season cuttings, hopefully that will lead to success in the season. (I’m still skeptical until I see it, not because of Ford; more because of They are the lions.) And the New Orleans franchises under Benson were great at encouraging a first-round exit. The Saints’ last run was the best in franchise history, and the Pelicans were able to turn their season around despite everything Zi relatedOn Williamson and the city’s nonchalant approach to basketball in the NBA.

On the WNBA side, her most famous/infamous owner was Kelly Loeffler, whose Atlanta players ran out of her rampant Trump. Scott and Powell Jobs are the opposite, and their bottom line as people would be most welcome compared to their male counterparts.

Scott is a benefactor by trade, and generous donations For organizations such as Spark Justice, which provides money to bailouts, and the Communities Transforming Police Fund, an activist group focused on “redefining safety” and investing in “alternatives to police and prisons.”

Lowell Jobs is also heavily involved in philanthropy. pledged to donate $3.5 billion to fight climate change. I do not agree with her Attitude to donor-advised funds, which essentially allows donors to remain anonymous, because the public must know where the money is going, who it’s going to, and how it’s being used to exert influence. However, her contributions to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, as well as her stake in The Atlantic and Public reprimand of Donald TrumpDraw a picture of someone who possesses the values ​​that the league – and the Portlanders – cherish.

Capturing any of those strong women taking the helm was the quest for training she had off her last season Chauncey Billups signs Becky Hammon, who would have broken barriers as the first female head coach in the NBA. Pelops was accused of sexual assault in 1997, and Damian Lillard, whom we know is incredibly revered in the city, was arrested for endorsing Pelops as head coach.

His future and that of the franchise are inextricably linked, and who knows how he would feel if Powell Jobs or Scott chose to ditch the coach he prefers and who Lillard said he feels. Obligated to help succeed. There is also no guarantee that Scott or Powell-Jobs will be successful as owners because it is not an easy task.

The only thing certain is that the Trail Blazers will have new ownership, and hopefully their ardent, loyal and protective fan base will have an owner they – and Lillard – can get.