Feb 26, 2021 - Sports

WNBA approves sale of Atlanta Dream, ending Kelly Loeffler's ownership

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The WNBA on Friday approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream, previously co-owned by former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), to an ownership group that includes former Dream star Renee Montgomery.

Why it matters: The Atlanta Dream and Loeffler were at odds throughout 2020, as the Trump-allied senator frequently criticized the Black Lives Matter movement. Players openly campaigned in favor of Loeffler's Democratic opponent Rev. Raphael Warnock, who ultimately defeated her in January's special election.

  • Loeffler last year repeatedly claimed that she would not sell her stake in the team.
  • The WNBA commissioner said at the time that Loeffler would not be forced to sell her ownership, but noted that the senator's comments against the Black Lives Matter movement did not align with the league's values.
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