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WNBA: Georgia senator doesn't have to sell stake in team

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ATLANTA (AP) The WNBA commissioner says the league has no plans to insist that Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler sell her stake in the team.

"We're not going to force her to sell her ownership," Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in an interview on CNN on Thursday. "She is not a current governor, she is not involved in the day-to-day (operations), and we are aware there are interested parties who want to purchase the team. We have a Board of Governors -she has not served as a governor since she became a senator, so since October of 2019."

Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running for re-election in Georgia, objected to the league's initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement, asking the league commissioner to scrap plans for players to wear warmup jerseys with "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and apparel.

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