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Suns Sale Closes Today:
Sarver Becomes Main Owner

Banking and real estate executive Robert Sarver is the major investor and managing partner of a new ownership group that has purchased the Suns.
(Jeramie McPeek/Suns Photos)
By Mike Tulumello
East Valley Tribune
June 30, 2004

On Tuesday, he signed the papers. Today, he’ll write the check.

"One big one," Robert Sarver said, with a laugh.

Sarver is incoming owner of the Suns, and today is the closing date for the $401 million sale of the club.

Sarver said he will own about 30 percent of the team. He has lined up a slate of investors that he said includes several local figures: Dale Jensen, a major investor in the Diamondbacks who is now increasing the size of his investment in the Suns; Steve Hilton, co-chief executive of The Meritage Corp.; Sam Garvin, CEO of Continental Promotion Group; Francis Najafi, CEO of The Pivotal Group; and Scott Seldin, whose father previously was a business partner of the Sarver family.

Other investors include Tom Rogers of Tucson, who heads R &R Products; Richard Heckmann of San Diego, CEO of K-2 Inc., a major sporting goods firm, plus two others from San Diego who wish to remain low-key, Sarver said.


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Under terms of the deal, 65 percent of the price is set to be paid today, the rest in three years.

During those three years, a six-member management committee that includes Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo and Sarver will make decisions, with Colangelo having the right to break any ties.

The present day-to-day management of the club will remain the same for the next three years, Colangelo has said.

The $401 million sale price is an NBA record.

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