Did leagues find a strategy for ousting problematic owners?

As 2022 wraps up, SI staffers Jon Wertheim and Chris Almeida will discuss some of the themes of the year in sports. So far, they’ve covered sportswashing and what did (and didn’t) change during a wild year in college sports. Up today: how leagues, in 2022, seemed to figure out how to push out problematic owners without a direct vote.

Chris Almeida: So this year has been quite a weird year for sports owners. Last November, ESPN published a story that revealed years of misconduct and pretty galling racist and sexist behavior on the part of Robert Sarver. And at first it seemed that maybe he would just get away with it, as the mega rich often do. The NBA spent about 10 months investigating Sarver and then announced in September that he would receive a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine.


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