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Team
Principal Owner [1]
Abbott's Reporting in SeptemberHeisler's Reporting at All-Star BreakLA Times Reporting in October [2]

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------HAWK: After a five-year fight for control, they may not even know about this.
[MHI note: reference to Atlanta Spirit, LLC]
FENCE: Southland pizza magnate is awaiting approval of his purchase of the team from an Atlanta group; was surely aware of what Stern wants.

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------HAWK: Huge debt service -- but the team is riding high and too old to be taking seasons off.DOVE: He "has a new television deal that is a financial windfall for the Celtics. Wants to play," a basketball official said.

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------HAWK: Up against it in once-fertile territory burned out by not one but two owners, absentee Bob Johnson and long-gone George Shinn.HAWK: Has millions but is "looking to save money and lower salaries. M.J. is getting cheap," a league executive said.

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------DOVE: Once sued NBA over cable TV. Now a league stalwart, raking in tens of millions.FENCE: A Stern ally "on the side of the owners who say the CBA needs to be fixed," a basketball official said. But the Bulls are in a big market with returning most valuable player Derrick Rose, so money is flying away during a lockout.

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------HAWK: Came by distaste for system honestly, seeing it take LeBron James -- but may make $25 million-plus this season with his payroll slashed.HAWK: Gilbert watched LeBron James leave for South Beach, while the former title-contending Cavaliers finished last. One executive said Gilbert is "one of the tough owners who wants to break the players."

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------HAWK: Once wouldn't agree if Stern said 2+2=4. Putting him on committee appointment was a gutsy move that has impact whichever way this gadfly goes.DOVE: Wants to play basketball immediately, especially with the Mavericks defending their first NBA title. One caveat: might want shorter player contracts; he's on the hook with Brendan Haywood for five years and $45 million.

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------HAWK: Team is on verge of disintegrating while the Avalanche, the family hockey team, prospers.HAWK: Lost Carmelo Anthony in a trade to the NBA's largest market. No fan of the old system. One executive noted Kroenke's determination: "Stan owns Wal-Mart and he won a class-action lawsuit at the U.S. Supreme Court."

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------HAWK: Whatever helps Bill Davidson's widow get the team off her hands.
[MHI note: published before team was sold to Tom Gores]
FENCE: Another new owner likely to side with the hawks.

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------HAWK: Huge debt service after paying $450 million to preempt Larry Ellison but did it because they're excited to be here.FENCE: Still new to NBA ownership but seem willing to spend when a new collective-bargaining agreement is reached, having already secured Jerry West as an advisor.

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------DOVE: Low involvement makes him a dove in this context. They're a marketing success, healthily in the black.DOVE: Is often willing to spend, but not quite with the big boys. Alexander paid $34 million the last two seasons as Yao Ming played only five games while battling foot injuries. Shorter player contracts might be on Alexander's mind.

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------HAWK: Billionaire developer and league stalwart before the 2004 Ron Artest suspension. Even after losing tens of millions, he's like the Maloofs, but calmer.FENCE: Simon has a "small-market team that wants revenue sharing," a basketball executive said.

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------HAWK: Of course, if everyone made as much as he does, labor and management would be at the bar, buying each other drinks.HAWK: His teams lose on the court, not on the accounting ledger. Has plenty of money to wait it out.

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------DOVE: Had good financial reason to coo through the years.DOVE: Any time away from the court is lost money for a successful owner who has little revenue stream outside of basketball.

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------HAWK: Stuck inside of Memphis with the immobile blues again after leaving Vancouver, a market almost twice as big.HAWK: He's been trying to sell. The Grizzlies had a nice playoff run and their arena is one of the league's newest, but Heisley wants the big-city boys to start spending more like him.

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------HAWK: Cruise-line billionaire lost millions building glamour franchise — but can't support hard cap that would make him dump a superstar.DOVE: Poster boy for how to manipulate the old system; put together James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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------HAWK: U.S. senator/billionaire retailer has assumed losses as civic duty.HAWK: Kohl "believes that the current CBA agreement is broken," a league official said.

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------DOVE: Tiny-market billionaire, expected to go with the program as chairman of the board of governors.HAWK: Had one of the NBA's smallest payrolls and wants everyone else to face similar spending restrictions.

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------HAWK: As a rule, flashy Russian billionaires don't buy in to lament conditions.DOVE: Is similar to Grousbeck; has "new TV deal, [plus] new arena [coming] in Brooklyn," basketball official adds.

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------DOVE: With the NBA running the team, they'll send someone so Stern doesn't have to give up the gavel to vote.HAWK: The Hornets are owned by the NBA, so Stern has an extra vote in his pocket.

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------DOVE: What, him worry? His bionic cash cow made money while paying $150 million in salaries and luxury tax and embarrassing all concerned on the court.DOVE: Dolan is "financially motivated to play," said one league executive, because his stars, Anthony and Stoudemire, will fill seats. He also has a lucrative local TV deal.

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------HAWK: Tiny market, payroll about to zoom -- but Stern may hold his marker for backing the move from Seattle.HAWK: Successful in a small market thanks to quality draft selections. But he wants some cost controls, plus he owes Stern for green-lighting his team's move from Seattle.

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------HAWK: If owner Rich DeVos' people think it through -- for once -- nothing matters but rules incentivizing Dwight Howard to stay.
[MHI note: Heisler reported Bob Vander Weide represents the Magic on NBA labor committee]
DOVE: Has a cushy arena deal and Dwight Howard at his peak.

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------HAWK: Corporate owner Comcast has long tried to dump the team. [MHI note: Published before sale to Josh Harris]FENCE: His purchase of the 76ers approved this week. Not expected to be a prominent voice.

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------HAWK: Whoever's responsible, he has a real plight with big losses in banking too.HAWK: Sarver is right next to Stern in demanding lower player salaries. The Suns would have lost about $15 million if the season had been played under the former salary structure, but only a few million if there is no 2011-12 season. Amare Stoudemire blames Sarver almost entirely for the divisive tone of talks with players.

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------HAWK: Small market or no, how hawkish can a Microsoft multibillionaire be?HAWK: The Microsoft cofounder is a billionaire, but Portland is a small market and Allen wants spending control among all owners.

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------HAWK: Took big hit in casino biz too, but assuming they get meaningful relief, they're not burn-village-to-save-it types.HAWK: The Maloofs are ringing the cowbell for cost control. The Kings have an outdated arena and a sagging franchise that might move to Anaheim.

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------HAWK: Chairs labor committee. Tiny-market team with big payroll — but his franchise has defined "model citizen," on and off the court.HAWK: Has done incredibly well in one of the NBA's smallest markets but wants to level the playing field with the big-city owners.

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------HAWK: They do OK as part of a corporate family with fans buying tickets to get the best seats for Maple Leafs games.
[MHI note: Heisler reported MLSE CEO Richard Peddie as the principal owner]
HAWK: Lost Chris Bosh to Miami, and his young team vanished; supports revenue sharing, tighter spending.

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------HAWK: Small market, big payroll but just suffered enough PR damage for a decade.HAWK: Small-market franchise showing cracks in the foundation after the trade of Deron Williams and the "retirement" of Jerry Sloan.

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------HAWK: Paid king's ransom for a goofy team and arena to go with his Capitals, thinks the NHL did it right.HAWK: Leonsis is a hard-line owner "who has been through this with his NHL team, the Washington Capitals, [and the] NHL missed an entire season," an NBA executive says.
[1] Owners in red on NBA labor relations committee; Owners in bold reportedly willing to cancel games --reservoirgod Sun Sep 11 2011 16:56:26 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
[2] See http://articles.latimes.com/print/2011/oct/21/sports/la-sp-nba-owners-20111022 --reservoirgod Fri Oct 28 2011 23:25:27 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)