A longtime NBA player who was known as a “super-sub” during his playing career may be the next owner of Sports Illustrated.
The New York Post reports that Ulysses Bridgeman — NBA fans probably know him better as Junior Bridgeman — is closing in on a deal to buy the magazine from Meredith.
“If a deal comes to pass, Bridgeman will have beaten out a group headed by Joshua Pollack that includes Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, who is a part-owner of the Golden State Warriors,” The Post reports. “The Pollack group was also trying to put together a package to buy Fortune and Money, which Meredith is seeking to divest before year’s end.”
The report notes that in his playing days Bridgeman embraced his role as “super-sub” for the Milwaukee Bucks, and went on to play in 711 games, more than any player in franchise history. He also spent time as head of the National Basketball Players Association.
“In his post-playing days, Bridgeman started acquiring and operating Wendy’s and Chili’s franchises, which he sold for $400 million in 2016,” The Post reports. “He is now the owner of Heartland Coca Cola Bottling Co., with distribution in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.”