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Report: Philip Anschutz sells stake in Lakers NBA team to two owners of the LA Dodgers

The deal, valued at about $1.35 billion, still must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

LOS ANGELES — Philip Anschutz has agreed to sell his 27% stake in the Los Angeles Lakers to two owners of the Dodgers, according to a published report.

Citing unidentified sources, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the 81-year-old Denver billionaire is selling his stake to Mark Walter and Todd Boehly, two of the Dodgers’ owners.

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The transaction was first reported by Sportico, a website that covers sports business. It said that Walter’s and Boehly’s stake in the Lakers would be worth $1.35 billion, making them the largest minority ownership of the team. The Lakers are owned by the family of the late Jerry Buss.

Anschutz also owns the NHL’s LA Kings and the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. His Anschutz Entertainment Group owns sports teams, events and venues, as well as entertainment venues. He owns The Gazette newspapers in Denver and Colorado Springs, and also the historic Broadmoor resort.

He owns a stake in Staples Center, home to the Lakers, Kings and Clippers. The Lakers recently extended their lease with the arena in downtown LA.

In 2012, Anschutz put AEG up for sale, but took it off the market the following year.

A spokesman for AEG declined comment Saturday.

The sale needs approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Walter and Boehly are among the owners of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Walter has been on a real estate buying binge in Colorado, recently snapping up a large number of commercial properties in Crested Butte.


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