Robert Sarver confirms sale of Phoenix Suns and Mercury amid controversy;  Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger, Larry Ellison among potential bidders

Robert Sarver confirms sale of Phoenix Suns and Mercury amid controversy; Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger, Larry Ellison among potential bidders

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Suns Sale has been talked about in the NBA universe as the story develops. Robert Sarver announced Tuesday that he was looking for potential buyers for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) after his recent suspension. NBA commissioner Adam Silver backs Sarver’s decision “This is the right next step for the organization and the community,” Silver said. Bleacher’s report tweeted Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger the former CEO of Disney, Larry Ellison and Lauren Powell the Governor of Minority Wizards could be potential buyers for both teams. Fans ridiculed this statement, saying trivia like “The Phoenix Suns games will now be on Amazon Prime.” It will be the first sale of an NBA team since 2021, when Ryan Smith bought Utah Jazz for $1.7 billion. The estimated sale price of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury is around $1.8 billion. Although Sarver only owns a third of the teams, but as the first of the team, he is allowed to decide what actions will be in the best interests of both teams.

Sarver was further pressured to sell due to the pressure he faced from social media, fans and the NBA community, he became a social outcast throughout the NBA community. PayPal has warned that it will withdraw endorsements if Sarver returns to the organization. While announcing selling the teams, he insinuated that his removal from the team was “cancel culture”.

Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, was recently investigated by the NBA association for his misogyny, use of racial slurs and creating an all-around hostile work environment, in especially for players and employees. The NBA association fined him $10 million and suspended him from all team activity for a year. LeBron James and the Phoenix Sun’s own player Chris Paul took to Twitter to air their opinions, where they both established that the punishment was less than Sarver deserved.

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