Looking for a franchise for your city? Secretly pleased about the recent problems in Atlanta, with Hawks owner Bruce Levenson having to sell his stake in the team after a racially charged email emerged? Happy to hear that Danny Ferry, the Hawks GM, is also under fire for thinking that having “some African” in you is a condition best eradicated? Well if you’re Seattle or some other city that hopes a new owner will swoop up the Hawks and move the franchise, think again.
Yes, the Hawks have some minority owners that would put up a fight against a move, but if another Steve Ballmer came calling those minority owners might find their way to agreeing to terms anyway. Money has a way of convincing people. But what about the league? Two years ago the NBA wouldn’t even allow the Lakers to trade for Chris Paul because it wouldn’t have been good business for the league. That’s nothing compared to what a bad move it would be for the league to allow the Hawks to leave Atlanta. And the NBA knows it. Atlanta is one of the top ten TV markets in the country and it’s also the biggest city in the South. And guess what’s headquartered there? Turner Broadcasting, which pays the league $445 million a year to broadcast NBA games. And is about to pay twice that in the next contract. Nah, the Hawks are staying put. Dominique’s old team is going to be the Atlanta Hawks until Sherman comes through Georgia again.