Looks like the PC movement is now affecting the term owner.
On HBO’s The Shop , Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green said “You shouldn’t say owner,” and that the title should be changed to CEO or chairman.
Comedian Jon Stewart agreed, saying “When your product is purely the labor of people then owner sounds like something that is of a futile nature.”
Now this has become a movement.
Multiple NBA teams have had high-level conversations about doing away with the term “owner” over the past year — and at least two teams have already made the switch, TMZ Sports has learned.
We’re told the conversations essentially center around the idea that the term, owner — in a league where the majority of the players are black — feels racially insensitive.
In Los Angeles, Steve Ballmer — who was billed as Owner for the first couple of years after he took over the Clippers — is now listed as Chairman on the team’s website. It appears that change occurred in early 2018.
Several teams are still using the term owner — and we’re told there’s no real pressure coming from the NBA to change their titles.
What’s interesting … Draymond’s team — the Golden State Warriors — still lists Joe Lacob as the owner of that team.
An NBA spokesperson has clarified how the NBA views owners.
“We refer to the owners of our teams as Governors; each team is represented on our Board of Governors.”
Someone has to own the team. I highly doubt they care what they’re called.
As long as their employees know exactly who’s in charge and who cuts the checks.
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