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The Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that Michael Jordan is selling his portion of the franchise according to WCNC Charlotte. This puts an end to his 13-year-long run as the organization’s primary shareholder. North Carolina country music superstar Eric Church is among a group buying the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan will continue to be a minority owner with the organization and will oversee basketball operations next month through the NBA Draft and free agency. Currently, it is unknown how much Jordan has agreed to sell his share for. However, it has been reported that Jordan bought the stake for $275 million in 2010.

The new owners of the Charlotte Hornets include Gabe Plotkin, Rick Schnall, J. Cole, and Eric Church.

Gabe Plotkin purchased a minority stake in the Hornets from Jordan in 2019. He was one of the first to agree to buy the majority stock and is one of the two group leaders for purchasing this stock.

Rick Schnall is the second leader in the purchase of this share. Since 2015, he has been a minority owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Schnall has recently begun the process of selling this minority stake as part of his agreement to buy the Hornets.

J. Cole is a North Carolina rapper who has been a fixture in NBA circles for years. He performed in the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte wearing a Hornets jacket. His music was also featured in NBA video games.

Country music star Eric Church grew up in Caldwell County. He has earned numerous awards and topped the charts several times over his career. It should be fun to have ‘the Chief’ as one of the owners of our Charlotte Hornets.

Other minority owners of the Hornets include Amy Levine Dawson, Dan Sundheim, Ian Loring, Chris Shumway, and Damian Mills.

6 Eric Church Collaborations We Can't Get Enough Of

Eric Church is celebrating his 45th birthday today (5/3), and one of his latest works is with his friend Chris Janson on a song Church wrote, a dark song and video called “You, Me & The River.”

Known for his solo work as well as working with other artists in the business in Nashville and beyond, one of his finest collaborators on stage is his backup road singer Joanna Cotten. But Eric has also done duets with artists ranging from Luke Combs to Lzzy Hale of metal band Halestorm.

As we mark his special day today, we look at some of his many on-stage collaborations, whether on a record, concert, or awards shows.

  • Eric Church, Lzzy Hale - "That's Damn Rock n' Roll" (CMA Festival 2014)

  • Eric Church and Joanna Cotten - "Mixed Drinks About Feelings" (2016)

  • Chris Janson and Eric Church - "You, Me, and the River" (2022)

  • Luke Combs - "Does To Me" ft. Eric Church (Official Video 2020)

  • Bruce Springsteen & Eric Church - Working on the Highway (Stand up for Heroes 2018)

  • Eric Church Calls Ashley McBryde on Stage to Perform "Bible and a .44" (2017)

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