Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson to sell team after racist email
(CNN) -- For Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson, "a light bulb went off." In a 2012 email addressing the troubles the franchise faced in attracting more affluent white season-ticket holders, Levenson said he had taken a look around Philips Arena and noticed a few things. First, the audience was 70% black, he wrote. But that wasn't all. The stadium's bars were 90% black. There were few fathers and sons at the games. The cheerleaders were black. The music played in the arena was hip-hop, and the after-game concerts were either rap or gospel acts.
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