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Using his "connections," Mark Cuban has hit a grand slam. He confirmed Friday that he'll have pop superstar Justin Timberlake singing at his private Super Bowl party in New Orleans on Feb. 2, the night before the big game. "It's going to be a heckuva party," Cuban said. "We always win the party. I'm bringing sexy back. Watch AXS-TV for a chance to win tickets to the party." By the way, Timberlake is a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The Memphis Grizzlies have changed owners officially, and the new bosses want to make clear their commitment to staying in Tennessee very clear. "The Grizzlies are here to stay in Memphis," new Grizzlies chairman Robert J. Pera said. The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the reported $377 million sale by Michael Heisley had been finalized to a group led by Pera, a former Apple engineer who founded the communications technology company Ubiquiti Networks. The group includes local businessmen, entertainer Justin Timberlake, Memphis native and former NBA player Penny Hardaway, a former U.S. congressman and Ashley Manning, wife of four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning. ESPN.com

An introductory media conference will be held at 10 a.m. this coming Monday, November 5. Pera and members of the new ownership group will be on hand for their first event at FedExForum to tip-off a new era in Memphis Grizzlies basketball and both media and the general public are invited to attend. For those members of Grizz Nation unable to attend in person, the press conference will be streamed in its entirety online at grizzlies.com. ESPN.com

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Sources told ESPN.com that one of the key agenda items at this week's two-day Board of Governors session in Manhattan is ratifying the transfer of control of the Grizzlies from the outgoing Michael Heisley to Pera's star-studded consortium, which includes actor/singer Justin Timberlake as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and wife Ashley. Timberlake and Ashley Manning are native Memphians, as are two more prominent minority owners in Pera's group: Ex-NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway and former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. ESPN.com

October 5, 2012 Updates

NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, wife Ashley, and former NBA player Penny Hardaway have agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the deal. The Mannings and Hardaway join a minority group that includes singer and actor Justin Timberlake and a couple of Memphis businessmen, the person told the Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because prospective buyer Robert J. Pera's purchase of the Grizzlies is pending approval by the NBA. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Steve Nash was introduced as a Los Angeles Laker at a July press conference but appearing on Tuesday night's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and sitting by Staples Center sideline resident Justin Timberlake seemed to make him more of a Laker. "Hi, I'm Steve. I'm from Canada," Nash introduced himself to the studio audience with that familiar self-depricating humor. Arizona Republic

September 18, 2012 Updates

Who’ll be the coolest dude on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Tuesday: Justin Timberlake or Steve Nash? The Lakers’ new point guard will join Timberlake as a guest on the talk show — still the industry leader in late-night comedy for now despite declining revenues that led Leno to cut his salary in half to about $15 million per year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Orange County Register

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Next, a group of local owners agreed to invest in the team as part of a deal that essentially guarantees that the team will remain in the city for at least 15 more years. Now sources confirm that Timberlake will be joining the ownership group. Maybe that accounts for the Grizzlies' bump in ESPN's "ultimate franchise ranking," which attempts to rank pro franchises in all four major sports. Memphis Commercial Appeal

September 7, 2012 Updates

Robert Pera, prospective new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has recruited a famous Memphian to be part of his ownership group: Justin Timberlake. Sources with knowledge of the arrangement said Thursday that Timberlake, one of the NBA's most prominent celebrity fans and a Memphis native, has committed to joining Pera's team of minority partners as the sale of the franchise from Michael Heisley to the 34-year-old technology magnate nears completion. ESPN.com

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