The new NBA season is just a few months away, and the Atlanta Hawks have new owners. The sale happened earlier this year during the playoffs, but that was not a real test for the new owners, since Bruce Levenson already left a strong team behind him. The real test begins with the start of a new season this October.
The season opens up in Detroit with the Pistons welcoming the Atlanta Hawks. The first game is always important, and this year there is even more pressure for the owners of the Hawks. They need to bring the fans back to the Philips Arena. The last few years the club had a problem with lower attendance than expected, and the club was not being looked at as a championship contender. But the 2014/2015 season was a rebirth of sorts for the Hawks, filling up the Philips Arena with attendance averaging 17,412 per game, which was actually a record for the franchise. Expectations are high, but can they be met?
Bruce Levenson, the previous owner, made a great move by selling the club to an owner that has the ability to invest and improve the position of the Hawks in the NBA. The club was sold for 850 million dollars to a group led by billionaire businessman Antony Ressler. Forbes valued the Hawks at 425 million dollars last year, but the sales of the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers changed the market. The market changed even more with the NBA landing lucrative television rights deals. Because of this, the clubs became more valuable making Bruce a very rich man earning him and his partners a few hundred million dollars. Bruce became part of the Hawks in 2004 when he formed a group called Atlanta Spirit LLC, now known as Atlanta Hawks LLC, to buy the club from Turner Broadcasting. Levenson was also the team’s managing partner and a member of the NBA Board of Governors. With varying success, his last season as the owner will be the most memorable one. The team has amazed basketball fans all over the world. They showed that by playing as one you can make outstanding results without having the biggest names of the game in your team. It is a rare occurrence that an owner leaves a team in a great state, with chances of further success in the future for the new owners.
When we know that last year the Hawks were the top seeded team in the Eastern conference with a record of 60-22, what can we expect from the team in the next NBA Season? The fans will definitely expect more, that’s just how it goes. For once, the fans want to see their favorite team fight for the title of NBA champion and they will fill the Phillips Arena, expecting just that. The new owners have a big task at hand.
It is certainly an exciting time for the club. Winning the NBA is not as a far-fetched concept as it once was. With the fans wanting more and filling the Arena like never before, the new owner will have to work hard not to disappoint.
Freshman Quarterback for Florida State University has been released by the team says the team spokesperson. The quarterback was charged with battery last month and the college was taking a wait and see stance, but after a video was released showing the freshman punching a girl in the face, he was quickly released from the team.
Freshman quarterback for Florida State University, De’Andre Johnson,was in a Tallahassee bar getting a drink when he was approached by a woman in line at the bar. She had been waiting in line for her order when Johnson pushed past her and tried to get served first. Ricardo Tosto has learned that when she confronted the freshman quarterback, he swiftly punched her squarely in the face and knocked her to the ground. Video tape was released showing that the quarterback did punch the woman clearly in the face without provocation.
The state now has possession of the five minute videotape from the bar, and serious charges are pending for Johnson. FSU decided to cut ties with the freshman after obtaining a copy of the tape, having dismissed the troubled teen from the team. When the initial report was first released, the school had placed Johnson on indefinite suspension. It appears clear in the videotape that the quarterback reacted to the woman grabbing his arm by squaring off and punching her right in the face, knocking her to the floor.
Just a couple of years ago, the Atlanta Hawks were one of the least financially viable teams in the NBA. Bruce Levenson decided to buy the franchise and work to turn it around. In a little under a decade he was able to take the Atlanta Hawks to new heights. There are several ways in which Bruce Levenson was able to turn his team around. First of all, he wanted to make sure the fans were enjoying the product on the court. The higher the fan support, the higher the ticket sales will be over the long run. In addition, Bruce Levenson knew that he had to invest money in the team’s players up front in order to see the performance on the court increase.
Any time an owner is trying to turn a team around, it is useful to look at how the team is currently performing and where they can do better. The NBA is an interesting league where one player can make all of the difference. Since there are only five players on the court at one time, it is difficult for teams to succeed without at least one great player. However, there is a premium on the best players in the league and teams should be ready to spend money to upgrade their roster. Teams can also be built up through the draft, but this takes many years to do.
Another vital aspect of turning around an NBA franchise is to get the fans on board. At the end of the day, running a sports team is all about getting the fans involved in the process. There are many people that have been able to turn a franchise around simply by connecting with the fans. In this case, Bruce Levenson went out of his way to make sure the fans were getting the product on the field that they wanted. There are few people that do not want their favorite team to succeed. Bruce Levenson knew that if the team started to win, the fan support and money would follow.
There are very few NBA owners that have been able to turn around a franchise as quickly as he did. Not only does he love the sport, but he also loves interacting with the fans. In the city of Atlanta, the fans love their sports team and Bruce Levenson was able to tap in to this passion. His work is a great example of how much an NBA team can mean to a city of several million people. At the end of the day, his work is a great study in turning around a team.
FreedomPop recently had offers on their company that would allow them to sell out to a larger company, but they refused to do that. And they seem to have made the right choice in refusing to sell out, as they have been able to raise over $30 million in funding since then. They have many investors who believe in them and the free mobile services that they provide, and they are going to go on to do even more amazing things with the money that has been invested into their company.
According to the USA Today, FreedomPop will have 1 million users in the United States alone. They are quickly growing and becoming a big company. People love the services that they provide, and they are showing that by not only using their services themselves, but also sharing with their friends and family. The word about this company is being quickly spread, and they will be sure to keep growing in the next few years.
FreedomPop is all about the free services that it provides, and people love the company for that. With the new round of funding that they have received, though, they are wanting to go on to do even bigger things. They are excited to expand their company beyond what it is right now and to make it into something truly special.
FreedomPop is one of those companies that started off with the hope that they would be able to succeed, even though they had no guarantee that they would, and they have been able to do really well. They’re continuing to grow and expand thanks to the generous investors who believe in them. And, with their new plans for making the company into even more than it is right now, they will be sure to keep growing.