NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — WNBA president Lisa Borders says she expects the Liberty to stay New York.
The Madison Sq. Backyard Firm earlier this month introduced that it plans to promote the Liberty, one of many WNBA’s unique groups. MSG chairman James Dolan is the ultimate unique proprietor of a franchise courting again to the league’s starting in 1997.
“We perceive there’s a vital curiosity within the staff,” Borders advised The Related Press in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We may have a staff in New York. Mr. Dolan and MSG have been a terrific companion for 21 years.”
Borders stated that the group is operating the sale and referred dialogue of potential suitors to the Liberty.
“We would like the brand new proprietor, whoever he or she is, to have the latitude to make selections for the group. We don’t need to tie their palms. … The New York space is necessary to us. That is our headquarters.”
The Liberty declined to remark Thursday, referring again to their assertion earlier this month.
“We’ve got been a robust and vocal advocate for the Liberty and the WNBA because the starting. Because the final unique proprietor, I’m pleased with how far the league has come, and the position we’ve got performed in its progress,” Dolan stated in a press release on the time of the announcement. “This was a troublesome determination for us, which we made after rigorously assessing the wants of our enterprise. We’re assured that new possession can construct on the inspiration we established over these final 21 years, and steward this unimaginable franchise into an much more profitable future.”
An individual accustomed to the negotiations informed the AP that a number of potential possession teams are in discussions with the Liberty. The teams are getting ready bids and have agreed to non-disclosure agreements as a part of the bidding course of. The individual spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of no public feedback have been approved.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver informed WFAN this week that “a number of New Yorkers” have stepped ahead to precise curiosity in shopping for the workforce.
New York has reached the playoffs in 15 of its 21 seasons, however has by no means gained the title. It has had the most effective document within the Japanese Convention the previous three seasons. Led by Tina Charles, the Liberty have been 22-12 this previous yr and…