Cuban-American Makes NBA History

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News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Aug. 9, 2011: Cuban-American businessman Alex Meruelo has made NBA history.

Meruelo has become the first Latino owner of an NBA team, after the league approved the sale of the Atlanta Hawks. The New York-born, CA resident, has built up a business empire in Southern California in real estate and restaurants with a chain of pizzerias, La Pizza Loca.

His company, the Meruelo Group, also owns a hotel/casino in Reno, Nevada, and a television station in Los Angeles, along with other important investments in different economic sectors.

The Haws was previously owned by Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson.