Sep 23, 2022 - Sports

Bob Iger? Michael Bidwill? Here's who has the best odds of buying the Phoenix Suns

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Bob Iger, former CEO and chairman of The Walt Disney Co. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Vox Media

You can place a bet on anything these days, including who will be the new owner of the Phoenix Suns.

  • Sportsbook Bovada released its odds as to who is most likely to purchase the team from owner Robert Sarver.

Go deeper: Sarver's selling the suns. Here's what we're watching

State of play: Former Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger is the favorite, with +150 odds, followed by a host of other ultra-wealthy people.

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: +300
  • Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison: +450
  • Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple's Steve Jobs: +600
  • Los Angeles Angels owner Arturo Moreno: +1,200
  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk: +1,400
  • Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill: +1,600
  • Walmart heir Lukas Walton: +2,000
  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: +2,500
  • Former President Trump: +2,500

Of note: Moreno is the only native Arizonan on the list, though Bidwill has been a pillar of the sports community here for three decades.

We shared what we'd do if we had the money to buy the Suns (Jeremy would work out a deal to give Filiberto's the naming rights to the arena and Jessica would mandate '90s throwback jerseys all the time).

Here's what some of our subscribers would do:

  • Matt D. would clean house and install diverse leaders who would "change the culture and bring fresh faces and ideas to the organization." He'd also beef up in-game entertainment.
  • Anthony B. would create a cool (ambience and temperature-wise) viewing area outside Footprint Center (à la "Jurassic Park" in Toronto) for fans to gather for playoff games. He'd call it "The House of the Rising Sun."
  • Lee P. said he'd try to find a way for all games to air on broadcast TV so everyone in Arizona could watch them for free.
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