I like many others wondered why the Miller family would sell the Utah Jazz and who are these new owners?
"I do know Ryan and Ashley and, I mean, come on, how blessed are we in the state of Utah to have this legendary family like the Millers being stewards over this program, and then have Ryan and Ashley Smith take over the deal?” Pope said Thursday in his weekly press briefing with reporters who cover BYU basketball. “I mean, they are going to blow it up to epic proportions, and they are going to represent the state in such an extraordinary way.”
Ryan Smith, a BYU graduate and the co-founder and CEO of Provo-based Qualtrics, was instrumental in persuading Pope to leave his job two years ago at Utah Valley University and replace Dave Rose as coach of the Cougars." POPE
“This NBA franchise has been run in such an epic fashion by the Miller family, and now to be passed on to the Smiths is such a good deal. It couldn’t get any better,” he continued.
Gail Miller will continue to have a minority stake in the team, while the Smiths become the majority owners. The Deseret News reported Wednesday that the deal — which also includes the NBA G League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars, Vivint Arena and “management” of the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees baseball club — was worth $1.6 billion.
ME- This could not be any better for the state of Utah, the Jazz and BYU.