Atlanta Hawks onwer to sell team after "offensive" email

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  1. LaserT

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    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11481937/atlanta-hawks-owner-bruce-levenson-selling-team

    "In July, Levenson self-reported an email he wrote to the team's co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012 that he called "inappropriate and offensive." The league commenced an independent investigation after being made aware of the comments.

    In the email sent in August 2012, Levenson shared his observations of the fan experience at Hawks games. He said he concluded "southern whites'' were uncomfortable at games.

    "My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base,'' Levenson said in the email released Sunday by the Hawks.

    "Please don't get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arena back then. I never felt uncomfortable, but I think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority(Hawks games 70% black).''
     
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    Doesn't seem that bad to me.
     
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    Sounds about right other than there being nothing threatening going on.
     
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    truth has been told
     
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    So now an educated opinion is unacceptable??

    This fucking country
     
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    This is how it will work, this guy will sell the team and a black group of investors will buy it. Then fast forward a few years, those black investors will start to see and feel the same problems with the fan base and then demand that all the other teams help them financially. If that doesn't happen to their liking, a call will be placed and a new federal program will suddenly spring up and tax payer money will go to help these "minority owned" teams. Problem solved! :brotha:
     
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    The guy is spot on... Yet he's the racist... :rolleyes:

    These PC dolts are artificially creating future racists (where there would have been none) with their ridiculousness, and they don't even realize it ...
     
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    In retrospect Levenson's comments are much worse than Sterling's. Donald just didn't want his girlfriend hanging out with black players or going to games with them. Donald never mentioned the makeup of his crowd, his cheerleaders, who was at the bar at the Staples Center. It shows what a bunch of hypocrites the NBA owners are. I think many NBA owners think their fan base is too black and it hurts their attendance. The Atlanta owner makes it like he is stepping up to sell the team. When this email became public they would have to run this guy out of town on a rail. By the way, doesn't he deserve a permanent ban from attending any NBA games just like Donald.
     
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    the hawks suck, plain and simple. he just wanted do dump his stake so he told on himself.
     
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    this guy is a human highlight film
     
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    I'm glad I don't own a basketball team. My mouth would get me in so much trouble :hhh:
     
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    I read the entire email. Parts of it were unintentionally pretty funny. He accurately described the problem they have there and even called some attitudes of people "racist rubbish" or something like that.

    My impression is the guy wants to sell his share anyway, as the Hawks permanently suck, and he saw the fantastic deal Stern got with the Clippers. So he figures this will cause some group of investors to step up and "punish" him by overpaying him for his share.

    Example: The Falcons game just came on here. First commercial. Some Foghorn Leghorn sounding black guy talking about fried chicken in an KFC commercial. WTF? The KFC's here either closed or are half KFC/half Taco bell because nobody here eats that shit anymore. But guess who does?
     
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    Must have read the Donald Sterling book "Papas Got A Brand New Brand- How to sell your team for way more than it's worth. Forward by Howard Stern".
     
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    It's ridiculous. I live in Atlanta. This might be news to the board, but Atlanta is a very integrated area. We are around one another all the time. If southern whites are "uncomfortable" at a game, then they are "uncomfortable" everywhere, every day here.
     
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    fellow ATLien here and i couldn't agree with you more.
     
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    If so, then why is he the only pro sports team in country with this 'problem'?
    Maybe his team just sucks. or his marketing. gotta take personal responsibility for your own failures, instead of blaming the blaecks
     
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    I am sure he will make a tidy profit off of this "failure." I wish us all the success of his failures.