This Day in Black History: Dec. 18, 2002

This Day in Black History: Dec. 18, 2002

BET founder Robert L. Johnson becomes first African-American to be a principal owner of a major professional sports team.

Published December 18, 2011

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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Written by Britt Middleton

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