In a surprise move, former Turner Sports president David Levy has stepped down from his position as chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Nets less than two months after joining the NBA team.
Levy, who joined the Nets as CEO in September, is also stepping down as president of sports investment company J. Tsai Sports, which is headed by Nets owner Joe Tsai. Tsai on Twitter Tuesday afternoon wished Levy “well in his next endeavors."
Oliver Weisberg, Chief Executive Officer of J Tsai Sports and NBA Alternate Governor of the Nets, has been named interim CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center. In a statement Weisberg thanked Levy for his "collaboration" but hinted that Levy and the organization did not meet eye to eye on the future path for the team.
“As we enter an exciting next chapter of our organization, it’s important that ownership and management are completely aligned on our go forward plan," Weisberg said in the statement. "We are proud of the culture of the Brooklyn Nets under the leadership of General Manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson, and we look forward to continue bringing the best experience to our fans.”
At Turner, Levy was instrumental in securing NBA rights for Turner Sports, as well as partnering with CBS and the NCAA to get Turner rights to air the the Men’s College Basketball Championships. Levy left the company in March amid AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.