Group of Seattle Women Buy WNBA's Storm

Former deputy mayor, Microsoft execs pay $10 million for franchise
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 10:29 AM CST
Group of Seattle Women Buy WNBA's Storm
Anne Levinson, Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel and Ginny Gilder, from left, finish a news conference announcing the planned purchase of the WNBA's Seattle Storm basketball team, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Seattle. Force 10 Hoops, a group of Seattle women, led by former Deputy Mayor Levinson, is buying the...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Though the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics could be on the way to Oklahoma City, the WNBA's Storm appears set to remain in the Emerald City thanks to a deal by four local women to buy the women's basketball franchise. The foursome, which includes a pair of Microsoft executives, will pay Sonics owner Clay Bennett $10 million, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

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The new ownership group has until the end of February to finalize the deal and get league approval. "I thought, 'Wow!' I never thought about this and never thought about doing it with all women," one of the women said. "It's not just keeping the team in town, it's the fact we're doing it with women leadership." (Read more WNBA stories.)

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