NBA approves Hornets sale

NBA approves Hornets sale

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Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball around Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA says the league's board of governors has voted to approve the sale of the New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.

A one-sentence statement released by the NBA on its Twitter page Wednesday night says the transaction is expected to close this week.
 
Benson and NBA Commissioner David Stern announced in April that the Saints' owner had agreed to purchase the Hornets from the league and officials confirmed a sale price of about $338 million.
 
The NBA bought the Hornets from club founder George Shinn in December 2010 and spent 16 months looking for a buyer who would keep the team in Louisiana.
 
Benson also has agreed to the terms of a recently negotiated lease keeping the Hornets in the New Orleans Arena through 2024.

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