Alex Rodriguez Makes Bid for Timberwolves With Ex-Walmart Exec Marc Lore

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Alex Rodriguez is headed for a new role in a new sport, as the ex-Major League Baseball star will team up with former Walmart executive Marc Lore to buy the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal valued at around $1.5 billion.

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Bloomberg reported on Monday that the two men have an exclusive letter of intent to purchase the T-Wolves from owner Glen Taylor, who bought the team in 1994 for about $88 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Rodriguez and Lore will initially join the franchise as limited partners.

The deal still needs approval from NBA owners, CNBC reported, and Taylor is expected to operate the franchise for two more years while Rodriguez and Lore transition into their roles.

Rodriguez, known as A-Rod, has made no secret of his desire to own a big-league sports franchise. Last year, the former New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners superstar failed in his bid to acquire the New York Mets, which instead got sold to billionaire Steve Cohen.

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Lore is the former Walmart e-commerce CEO and founder of Jet.com. He also serves as a special advisor to Slam Corp., Rodriguez’s special purpose acquisition company.

Rodriguez would bring some needed diversity to NBA front office positions. As CNBC noted, a 2020 diversity report card issued every year by the University of Central Florida gave the NBA an F in diversity hires among team CEOs and presidents.

Of the 55 positions, 50 are white executives and three are Black, including Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall, who also serves as one of six women in the roles. Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas serves as one of two Hispanic executives.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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