Friday , Apr , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Former T-Wolves’ co-owner dies

=== Former T-Wolves’ co-owner dies ===

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Former Minnesota Timberwolves co-owner
Harvey Ratner passed away on Friday after suffering from cancer. He was 79.

Ratner owned the T-Wolves with partner Marv Wolfenson until selling the team
in 1994.

“On behalf of the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization, we are extremely
saddened by the loss of Harvey Ratner, and send our deepest sympathies to the
Ratner family,” said current Minnesota owner Glen Taylor. “Harvey, along with
co-owner Marv Wolfenson, brought professional basketball back to the state of
Minnesota after a 20-year hiatus. Our Timberwolves family and our fans
everywhere are forever indebted and thankful for Harvey’s passion, vision and
love of the game of basketball.”

Ratner and Wolfenson bought the T-Wolves for $32.5 million in 1987. The club
started play in the Metrodome in 1987 before moving the next season into the
Target Center, which was funded by Ratner and Wolfenson.