Some odds have been released for who could be the next owner of the Phoenix Suns and some big names are among the favorites.
OddsShark released odds to replace Robert Sarver, who announced he was “seeking buyers” for the Suns and Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday, following backlash from the findings of an NBA investigation.
The favorite in those odds? Former Disney CEO Bob Iger, at +125.
Jeff Bezos, the former CEO and founder of Amazon was second at +350, followed by Arizona native Arturo Moreno, the current owner of the Los Angeles Angels, at +650, who is tied for third with Elon Musk, the business magnate and investor .
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Sarver was suspended for one year from any activities involving the Suns and Mercury and fined $10 million after an NBA investigation discovered ”workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies’.”
An ESPN report on Nov. 4 sparked what proved to be a 10-month investigation into allegations Sarver created a “toxic” work environment.
The results of the investigation show the 60-year-old Sarver used the N-word multiple times and made inappropriate comments toward women.
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After a backlash to the initial NBA punishment, Sarver said he would begin the process of selling the team.
“As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement Wednesday. “I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I and so many fans love.
“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible – that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”
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Other names in odds to buy Phoenix Suns
There are some other interesting names included in OddsShark’s odds to be the next owner of the Suns.
Michael Bidwill, the owner of the Arizona Cardinals, is at +800, with Walmart heir Lukas Walton at +1200.
Former US President Donald Trump is listed at +1400, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates at +1800.
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and Laurene Powell Jobs, former spouse of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs were included as potential candidates to buy the team by ESPN on Wednesday.
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The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin contributed to this story.
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