Grizzlies owner strikes deal to sell team

June 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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MEMPHIS, June 11 (UPI) -- Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Michael Heisley announced Monday he has struck a deal to sell the team to Ubiquiti Networks founder Robert Pera.

Heisley said in a statement that Pera, a 34-year-old northern California billionaire, "has expressed a total commitment to build on our success in Memphis."

"I am confident that the franchise will continue its development toward being a perennial championship contender and an important member of the Memphis community," Heisley said.

Terms of the deal weren't announced but ESPN reported it was worth an estimated $360 million. It must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors, pass antitrust muster and clear other hurdles before it is consummated.

Pera, a former Apple engineer who left to start his own computer networking firm at age 25, said in a statement he was "excited about the opportunity to build on the work that has made the Memphis Grizzlies a highly competitive NBA team."

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