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The Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo (R) announced that he released Manager Bob Brenly and replaced him with Venezuelan Al Pedrique for the rest of the season on July 2, 2004 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)
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Jerry Colangelo November 20, 1939 (1939-11-20) (age 70) in Chicago Heights, Illinois, is an American businessman and sports mogul.

He is the former owner of the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, the Arizona Sandsharks of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He was also instrumental in the relocation of the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Coyotes, which is now in bankruptcy.

He is the national director of USA Basketball and of the team that represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Colangelo also serves as Chairman of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a nonprofit nonpartisan educational foundation that promotes Italian American culture and heritage. NIAF also serves as the voice for Italian Americans in Washington, D.C.

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