The top CEO in private equity knows what it would take to save the New York Knicks - but he doesn't 'have the time'
Business Insider asked Schwarzman which sports franchise he would buy if he could, and he picked the New York Knicks.He's also grim about the work that it would entail.
Ouch. He's not saying anything that would shock Knicks fans, however. The last time the Knicks were National Basketball Association champions, Studio 54 was still a thing in New York City and Schwarzman had barely started his Wall Street career.
'One terrific franchise player'"What you need to be very successful in one of these professional sports arenas is, you need a great owner, a great GM, [and] a great coach," Schwarzman told Business Insider. On top of that, "you need one terrific franchise player."
Woebegone New York Knicks faithful have dreamed for years that the Dolan family, which controls the team, would sell them.
And in a way, the Knicks represent the ideal investment for a private equity pro - coming from an industry where "turnaround deals" often entail implementing a completely new strategy.
There's just one problem, Knicks faithful. He's already given this thought, and it's never going to happen."[New England Patriots owner] Bob Kraft asked me, 'Why don't you buy a New York team?'" Schwarzman said.
"I said, 'I don't have the time to make it into a winner.' I don't have enough time in my life because I'm trying to do that with Blackstone."
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