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Grizzlies Chairman Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien announce Grizzlies partner group

MEMPHIS, November 5, 2012 – Memphis Grizzlies Chairman Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien announced today the roster of partners that has been assembled to lead the team into an exciting new era in its history.

“We have one of the most dynamic ownership groups in professional sports,” said Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien. “We expect that its members will play a meaningful, ongoing role in realizing the goals we have set for the team and for ourselves, both on and off the court.”

Joining Pera and Levien in the ownership group are:

Grizzlies Vice Chairman Steve Kaplan Staley Cates
Pace Cooper Edward Dobbs
Steve Ehrhart Harold Ford, Jr.
Al Gossett The Hand Family
Penny Hardaway Paul Harless
Pitt Hyde Barry Klarberg
Ashley Manning Joseph Nicosia
Billy Orgel Elliot Perry
Bill Rhodes Michael Savit
Justin Timberlake Mike Wharton
Duncan Williams The Wilson Brothers

"This ownership group will take the Grizzlies to the next level," said Edward J. Dobbs, CEO of Memphis-based Dobbs Management Service. "Our team is going to thrive in Memphis for a long time."

Pera was represented on the sale of the Grizzlies by Levien Sports, David Carlock and Jeffrey Pollack, who collectively assembled the team’s new Limited Partner group. Legal counsel was provided by O’Melveny & Myers.

The Grizzlies open their 2012-13 regular season home schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the Opening Night Plaza Party. Beginning two hours prior to tip-off the Plaza Party will feature music, inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, official Grizzlies merchandise, sign-making stations and an interactive video game trailer. Other highlights include appearances from Grizz, the Grizz Girls and Claw Crew. Also, the first 10,000 fans through the doors will receive a Grizzlies T-Shirt presented by First Tennessee Bank.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase tickets to Opening Night, 2012-13 Season Tickets, or 10 and 20-Game Packs can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or by visiting the Tickets section. Tickets for the Plaza IV and Terrace IV sections are already sold out.