Thursday, July 19, 2018
Restaurant, Casino Owner To Buy Rockets From Alexander

Restaurant, Casino Owner To Buy Rockets From Alexander

FILE – This April 21, 2017 file photo shows Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, looking over a stat sheet during the third quarter of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, announced Alexander’s fine Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki.

HOUSTON (AP) — Restaurant and casino owner Tilman Fertitta has agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander.

Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. The deal includes Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on shows and concerts at the Toyota Center.

Fertitta will be the team’s sole owner, calling this a “lifelong dream come true.” He is the owner of the Landry’s restaurant chain and Golden Nugget casino and hotels.

Alexander bought the team in 1993 and announced it was for sale in July. He says he has known Fertitta for more than two decades and couldn’t have found “anyone more capable of continuing the winning tradition of our Houston Rockets.”