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NBA Open To More Team Investments From Middle East Wealth Funds

Oct 6, 2023

In Abu Dhabi for a pair of preseason games between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA could be on the path toward receiving further investment from Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds.

In June, the Qatar Investment Authority purchased a roughly 5% stake in the Washington Wizards’ parent company, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The move came about seven months after the NBA decided to allow minority team investments from sovereign wealth funds.

In the ensuing weeks, NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that those wealth funds would not be permitted to acquire full ownership of franchises. That means a company like City Football Group, which is majority-controlled by an Abu Dhabi Royal Family member and owns MLS’ NYCFC and the Premier League’s Manchester City — wouldn’t be able to buy an NBA team outright.

Source: Front Office Sports

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