What will Alex Meruelo mean for ATL Hawks?
Businessman Alex Meruelo has reached an agreement to buy a majority ownership stake in the Atlanta Hawks, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive weekend interview.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Three things worth noting about the Atlanta Hawks’ new owner.
First, a good organization has a good owner. It starts with the man at the top having clear expectations with respect to professionalism, attitude, and desire.
After years of poor play, the Hawks have recently become a good team. However, the LLC Spirit wasn’t committed to winning – they were too busy suing each other and cutting costs – so they weren’t a good organization.
Hopefully, Meruelo, also known as The California Pizza King, models what he expects from players, so the Hawks become a good organization.
Second, the NBA is a diverse league. Meruelo would be the league’s first Hispanic owner, which is a positive.
Third, the NBA is in a nasty lockout because owners claim the business model is broken. Yet, there’s a willing buyer, Meruelo, for a weaker franchise, the Hawks, in a city, Atlanta, that doesn’t provide overwhelming support for its teams.
I’m curious to see what, if any, impact this has on future labour negotiations.
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