Nets CEO David Levy Steps Down After Less Than Two Months; NBA Twitter Reacts
Brooklyn Nets CEO David Levy is out from his post less than two months after team owner Joe Tsai hired him, it was announced on Tuesday.
The team said in a press release that Levy and the franchise “mutually agreed to part ways.”
In shocking news, the Nets/Barclays Center and CEO David Levy have mutually parted ways. pic.twitter.com/hD42qshJvb
— Christopher Lavinio (@ChrisLavinio) November 12, 2019
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Tsai — a Chinese-Canadian businessman who is the co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group — thanked and praised Levy for his short tenure with the Nets in a tweet:
David Levy is a respected media executive and a friend. Truly appreciate his efforts in the past few months. I wish him well in his next endeavors.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) November 12, 2019
Levy, who spent six years as president of Turner Broadcasting, also previously served as head of Tsai’s investment firm J Tsai Sports. The new Brooklyn Nets owner hired Levy to become the organization’s CEO on Sept. 18 — the same day Tsai finalized his acquisition of the Nets and Barclays Center.
As CEO of the Nets, Levy was in charge of overseeing revenue, business, operations and strategy for the organization and Barclays Center. J Tsai Sports CEO Oliver Weisberg is reportedly set to replace Levy on an interim basis.
NBA fans, pundits and others were quick to respond to the news of Levy’s departure on Twitter with dozens of memes, GIFs and other jokes about his short tenure:
55: Days that David Levy was the CEO of the Brooklyn Nets.
72: Days that Kris Humphries was married to Kim Kardashian.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 12, 2019
David Levy’s tenure with the Nets. pic.twitter.com/TvlN6iYYdz
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) November 12, 2019
David Levy after spending 5 minutes in a room with Kyrie pic.twitter.com/U2IkCoQ42T
— Evan (@mazursky_) November 12, 2019
David Levy on his way out of Barclays Center pic.twitter.com/RvH1IegTxA
— Josh (@jshyb_) November 12, 2019
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