Monday, July 28 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:24:27 GMT
Dollar Tree is buying out Family Dollar to create the largest discount retailer in America. Many people who shop both stores say they are significantly different and some are concerned what the acquisitionMore >>
Dollar Tree is buying out Family Dollar, creating the largest discount retailer in America. People who shop at both stores say they have significant differences, and some shoppers are concerned about what the acquisition will mean. More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:21:43 GMT
(WMC) - It's a miraculous recovery for one of man's best friends after a dog was left abandoned in a closet when his former owner moved out of a house. Emergency vets say the dog survived despite someMore >>
It's a miraculous recovery for one of man's best friends after a dog was left abandoned in a closet when his former owner moved out of a house.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:44:59 GMT
(WMC) - The state plans to call more than 20 witnesses during Maurice Brown Sr.'s murder trial. The defense has at least one. Brown plans to take the stand in his own defense. Even before he testifies,More >>
The state plans to call more than 20 witnesses during Maurice Brown Sr.'s murder trial. The defense has at least one. Brown plans to take the stand in his own defense. Even before he testifies, though, the jury will have already heard from him.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:59:45 GMT
(WMC) - On Monday night, there are concerns about plans to build a warehouse right outside of Olive Branch, Miss. The site of a proposed industrial park could bring hundreds of jobs to DeSoto County,More >>
On Monday night, there are concerns about plans to build a warehouse right outside of Olive Branch, Miss.More >>
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(WMC-TV) – New Grizzlies owner Robert Pera introduced himself and his team's new CEO, Jason Levien, to the city of Memphis Monday morning.
"Thank you everyone for the warm welcome," said Robert Pera. "First of all, I wanted to say, I'm an NBA super fan, I believe it's the greatest sport in the world."
Pera and Levien held a news conference at 10 a.m. to share their plans for the team moving forward.
Robert Pera is the founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. He said the purpose of his company is to connect millions of people in the most remote and underserved areas of the world in order to enrich their lives. Specifically, he said what he does in his business by "creating value and changing the world," is similar to what he hopes to do with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"When I look at Memphis as a community, and I see how important the team is to the community, I kind of have the same type of feeling I have with my company," said Pera. "By that I mean, I know I'm sitting here and I'm the controlling owner, but I fully understand the community, Memphis really owns the team. "
He continued, "What we are going to try to do, is guide the team to have the biggest impact and really improve the community of Memphis."
Before introducing Jason Levien as the new Grizzlies CEO, Pera revealed what he hopes to accomplish as controlling owner of the Grizzlies.
"The goals of the team is, of course, to be highly competitive, build a great brand, a great product, and of course, we really want to see what we can do with the community and improve the community," he said.
Levien will run the day-to-day operations of the NBA team, and make decisions with Pera and the rest of the new Grizzlies ownership group.
"Robert and I have a real commitment to Memphis, a real commitment to making this team work in Memphis, and being an intricate part of the fabric in the community," said Levien.
The new CEO named several of the local members of the community who will serve as the ownership group of the team.
"There was never any resistance on his (Pera's) part to not only keeping the team in Memphis but he wants to figure out ways as he shared so eloquently today how to leverage the brand more to make a bigger difference in the city," said Harold Ford Junior, Grizzlies limited partner.
"Ultimately it's that you want this team here. We realize how important the Memphis Grizzlies are to the Memphis area," agreed Elliot Perry, limited partner. "We feel like we can build a championship team here. It is possible. You saw Oklahoma City playing the Miami Heat in the finals last year. We feel like we can do that."
"I think we've got an all-star lineup of owners, I mean, how lucky are we that we have that support in the community and we have these business leaders who are behind us? I think we can be wildly successful because of them," said Levien. "Robert and I have talked about our focus really being on creating a culture within the organization that is best in class, where there is a real commitment to excellence, there's a commitment to process and making decisions which are thoughtful, getting the sharpest people around the table to make those decisions.
He went on, "And really a sense of community, unselfishness and kindness in what we do, and understanding that this is all about entertainment, it's about the community, but obviously, one of the biggest things is we want to win. We want to consistently win, and I have to applaud our organization because we're inheriting a terrific team."
The CEO says he will begin assessing the staff already in place, but made no guarantees.
"I'd love to be here in Memphis. Hopefully I'm here in Memphis, but I'm not the one who makes the final determination on that," said Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace. "This is the fourth management change I've been through in my MBA career. I take the philosophy of my former boss Pat Riley. Pat Riley said change is inevitable when it rears its head embrace it and run with it."
Saturday, July 26 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:48:44 GMT
(WMC) - A man identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy collecting money for a church walked into the wrong business Friday. "This individual walked in, said 'I work for the sheriff's department, andMore >>
A man identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy collecting money for a church walked into the wrong business Friday.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
They were born just two weeks apart. A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old pit bull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other! Louisiana native Brandi Hodges, 25, has posted photosMore >>
A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old Pitbull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other!More >>
Sunday, July 27 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:51:59 GMT
Two men suspected in a gang rape of a woman at a Shell Gas station turned themselves into police on Saturday. According to the Jackson Police Department, the incident allegedly occurred Friday, July 18More >>
Two men suspected in a gang rape of a woman at a Shell Gas station turned themselves into police on Saturday. More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:26:47 GMT
(WMC) – Maurice Brown Jr. would have turned 6 years old just three days ago, but in 2012 his life was cut short. His body was found in a dumpster and his own father is charged with his murder. MauriceMore >>
Maurice Brown Sr. faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his son. In court on Monday, he pleaded not guilty. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:54:07 GMT
Leaders of Oasis Church say they received more than 1,000 inquiries about the free house, but those interested say it would cost too much to move the structure.More >>
A free house offer fell through for a Pascagoula church. Last month, WLOX reported that Oasis Church wanted to find a good home for an old house. Leaders posted the house on social media and Craigslist. The post went viral, but there were no takers. So this week, the house came crashing down.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>