Ric Bucher Rumors
Fox Sports has signed Chris Haynes, Ric Bucher, Matt Barnes, and Cuttino Mobley to bolster their FS1 NBA coverage, a spokesperson has confirmed to The Big Lead. They will all be apart of non-exclusive deals with the network. With the NBA playoffs just days away, the four will be seen across FS1’s daily studio shows and Fox Sports’ digital platforms, but will not just be limited to appearances during the NBA’s postseason.
Ric Bucher in his report on how Mikhail Prokhorov wants to go “all in” on the Nets and Barclays Center, suggested that there could a resolution on the matter in two weeks. He could be right. In a filing last week, Forest Center Enterprises, Bruce Ratner’s parent company, disclosed that the company has an August 12 deadline to either repay his debts to the “MP Entities,” that is ONEXIM, or Ratner’s “ownership interests in the Nets will be diluted from 20% to approximately 8%.” That would mean Prokhorov would own 92 percent of the team. We are told, however, that FCE will pay the tens of millions it owes to Prokhorov and retain the 20 percent interest. What is owed is less than the value of what would be lost. We are told as well that negotiations for the buyout of the entire Ratner stake in the team –and possibly the arena– are either underway or will be very soon.
Ric Bucher, reporting for Bleacher Report, said Tuesday night that the Nets principal owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of 80 percent of the Nets and 45 percent of Barclays Center. wants to go “all-in” and buy out stakes in both from Bruce Ratner. Bucher said an announcement could come on the plan within two weeks. NetsDaily has been told there may soon be negotiations between the two sides on such a possible sale. Ratner, who was principal owner from 2004 through Prokhorov’s purchase of the team in 2010, has been trying to sell his stakes in both properties, but has thus far failed. NetsDaily has reached out to both sides for comment.
Bucher in a video report, stated… I’m hearing that Prokhorov … There’s been a lot of talk about him selling the franchise … and now the latest is that in the next two weeks we could hear an announcement that he’s actually buying 100 percent of the franchise, buying the Barclays Center, going all in. Sources who told me this also told me there is still the possibility that he gets completely out if he has that opportunity, but the indications are much more strong that he would go the other way and buy all the way in.
Bucher also said the Nets have taken Johnson off the market and that would suggest that Prokhorov is all in because he wants a competitive team but one that is more financially responsible than the one that they had. So by getting rid of Deron Williams and a couple of other moves they get below the tax threshold but at the same time you still have Joe Johnson, you’re still competitive, you still have a chance to compete for a playoff spot.