World News – United States – Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith buys Utah Jazz for $ 1 66 billion


Ryan Smith is a basketball junkie Qualtrics CEO and co-founder has a court in his basement in Provo, Utah, and a half court at the entrance to the company headquarters enterprise software provider Provo Smith is now taking its fandom to the next level, as billionaires are inclined to do He announced his intention to buy a controlling stake in Utah Jazz today at a press conference at the Vivint Smart Home Arena where Jazz plays

The $ 1’s $ 66 billion purchase price, according to the sources, equates to $ 1 of Forbes’s 55 billion team valuation in February; The value ranked No 21 among NBA teams The deal reflects the role that market size plays in team sales, with the Brooklyn Nets being the latest franchise to change hands in a deal worth $ 3 a last year2 billion

The Jazz deal is the first sale of an NBA franchise since the coronavirus hit and is a testament to the strength of the league’s outlook, despite a standoff with China and low TV ratings for the playoffs of 2020 Deal has yet to be officially approved by NBA owners

« I dreamed of playing for jazz and it didn’t work out, » Smith, 42, joked at the press conference Smith, which is worth $ 1.3 billion, cashed in days before the introduction. His company’s planned stock exchange in January 2019 when German software company SAP acquired Qualtrics for $ 8 billion in cash Smith founded the company in 2002 with his brother, Jared, and his father Scott SAP is now considering spin- out Qualtrics via IPO, but retains majority stake

Larry and Gail Miller bought the Utah Jazz for $ 24 million in two parts in 1985 and 1986 and have enjoyed huge success with 27 playoff appearances in 35 years Larry passed away in 2009 and Gail moved the team to a trust in 2017 to ensure it stays in Utah « I have every confidence that the goals of this trust will be honored, » said Miller, 77. , Wednesday Miller family to retain minority stake in team

« We all owe a debt to you and the Miller family, » said Smith « We will build on this legacy »

Smith said he has already contacted the Miller family several times to purchase the Jazz. Qualtrics has been a team partner since 2017 when the NBA introduced its « patch » program, which gives companies a chance to market on a 2 1/2 inch square field on player jerseys But instead of pushing the brand of his enterprise software publisher, Smith marketed Qualtrics’ philanthropic arm, 5 For The Fight, which asks people to donate $ 5 in the fight against cancer


This was, and remains after a three-year renewal last year, the only cause-related jersey patch deal in the NBA.The program has raised more than $ 25 million for research on cancer and last month nine new cancer researchers were announced in collaboration with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

I am the editor at Forbes and I mainly focus on sports activities and our annual franchise reviews I also spend a lot of time researching what athletes are

I’m an editor at Forbes and focus primarily on athletic activities and our annual franchise reviews I also spend a lot of time researching what athletes are making on and off the playing field I profiled a group of athletes with one name: LeBron, Shaq, Danica and others. I also started our biennial B-School ranking; annual reports on Best Places for Business (subways, states and countries); and the best American banks I joined Forbes in 1998 after working for 3 years at Financial World magazine Email: kbadenhausen @ forbescom

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