MARV WOLFENSONGame 341 | November 12, 1986 | Marv Wolfenson
After failing in a bid to buy the Twins from Calvin Griffith, local business partners Wolfenson and Ratner thought they had a deal to purchase the Utah Jazz and move the team to Minneapolis. When that fell through they lobbied the NBA for an exppansion franchise. That paid off in 1987 when the NBA said it would add two teams, Charlotte and Miami, in 1988-'89, and two more, Orlando and Minnesota, in 1989-'90. Wolfenson and Ratner paid $32.5 million for their expansion Minnesota Timberwolves.
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