Emanuel’s most often connected to UFC, the NFL, and Hollywood, but he’s deeply connected in NBA circles: – LeBron’s televised “Decision” was reportedly his idea. – It’s a cinch to find photos of Emanuel sitting courtside at Clippers games with Rihanna, Steve Ballmer, or Patriots owner and longtime Apollo board member Robert Kraft.
Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan Rumors
Bruck writes that the rulers of the UAE have NBA dreams: “Al Mubarak and M.B.Z., hoping to raise Abu Dhabi’s profile, had long wanted to attract the N.B.A. and other sports leagues.” It might be because they love sports. But it might also be because sports are a great way to influence how global audiences think about the UAE.