Posted on June 11, 2019

Common on NBA Teams Dropping ‘Owner’ Title: ‘Nobody Owns Us’

Dylan Gwinn, Breitbart, June 9, 2019

Rapper Common told TMZ that he is pleased with the NBA for moving past the title”owner,” a term he believes is “inconsiderate” considering the history of slavery in the United States.

The NBA has recently begun talks about doing away with the term and replacing it with “chairman,” or “governor.” {snip}


“The history of what we have and we are as black people in this country … it’s just not really being considerate of the history.”


As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston writes:

Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is now called the ‘Chairman’ of the team instead of the owner. And the Philadelphia 76ers now have ‘managing partners’ instead of owners. Co-owners are called ‘limited partners.’

The league itself has also apparently changed its term for team owners. A note from the league informed TMZ that owners are called ‘governors’ in official league meetings. And the NBA calls the collective owners its ‘board of governors.’


“Nobody owns us,” Common concluded. “These men are professionals.”