This Day in Black History: Dec. 18, 2002

BET Founder Robert L. Johnson becomes first African-American to own a major professional sports team.

Posted: 12/18/2011 07:39 AM EST
Robert L. Johnson, NBA, Charlotte, North Carolina, owner of team

Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, became the first African-American to be the principal owner of a major professional sports team. On this day, Johnson acquired NBA’s Charlotte, North Carolina, expansion franchise.


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