Friday, October 20, 2017

Restaurant, casino owner to buy Rockets from Alexander

In this Aug. 31, 2012, file photo, Golden Nugget casino owner Tilman Fertitta speaks at a meeting in Atlantic City, N.J.

AP LogoBY KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Restaurant and casino owner Tilman Fertitta has agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander.

Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. The deal includes Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on shows and concerts at the Toyota Center.

Fertitta will be the team’s sole owner, calling this a “lifelong dream come true.” He is the owner of the Landry’s restaurant chain and Golden Nugget casino and hotels.

Alexander bought the team in 1993 and announced it was for sale in July. He says he has known Fertitta for more than two decades and couldn’t have found “anyone more capable of continuing the winning tradition of our Houston Rockets.”


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