Brooklyn Nets to tab Levy as new CEO
Former Turner executive expected to take reins later this week
A new owner, two new superstars and now a new chief executive officer for the ever-changing Brooklyn Nets.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Nets will hire former Turner Broadcast System President David Levy as their new CEO later this week, according to league sources.
Levy, who left his former post back in March, spent 33 years at WarnerMedia, becoming president of Turner in 2013 after a decade of running the station’s sports division.
The announcement of his role with the new-look Nets will not become official until Joseph Tsai’s acquisition of the Brooklyn franchise and Downtown’s Barclays Center is officially approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors later this week.
Levy has already worked with the NBA while running Turner Sports’ broadcast coverage of the league, as well as NBA.com and NBA Digital.
He will serve in the role soon to be vacated by longtime Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark, who has been former team owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s right-hand man since the Nets arrived here in our fair borough back in 2012.
The New York Post reported that Levy had served in an advisory capacity for BS&E, but will now be overseeing a franchise that netted a record $3.5 billion price windfall for Prokhorov, who completed his deal with Tsai nearly two years earlier than expected.
Levy’s arrival is the latest major change for a franchise that spent the summer acquiring two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Boston swingman Kyrie Irving, moving the once-moribund team into the stratosphere of NBA contenders, at least on paper.
The Nets’ national profile is higher than it has ever been, and the team will more than likely be touted as a serious championship contender for several years to come, especially when Durant returns from an Achilles’ injury that will sideline him for most, if not all, of this upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
As volatile as the roster changes, front-office shakeups and ownership shift has been this summer, the Nets are still anchored by General Manager Sean Marks, Head Coach Kenny Atkinson and a strong foundation of players who have developed in this system.
Brooklyn went from a league-worst 20 wins in Atkinson’s first season at the helm to 42 victories and a playoff appearance this past year.
In local college sports news, the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., on Saturday afternoon, dropping the Terriers’ season record to 2-1-1.
Peacocks forward Alex Garcia broke the scoreless deadlock in the 79th minute against SFC goaltender Nico Casado, resulting in the Terriers’ first loss of the young season, albeit in non-conference play.
Casado relieved freshman netminding sensation Callum James at the half after James had made a pair of saves to extend his career-opening scoreless streak to a stunning 335 minutes over his first four games.
The Terriers were looking to bounce back from the defeat Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., against Howard University.
The first-year SFC ladies’ program remained winless (0-6-0) following Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 setback to Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachuchusetts on Sunday afternoon.
The Terriers have yet to score a goal during this inaugural campaign, a drought they hope to end Wednesday afternoon at Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y.
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