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My First Job In Sports: Chris Wright

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Chris Wright, President Minnesota TimberWolves and Minnesota Lynx

Chris Wright, a former soccer player and coach, made his debut as an executive in that sport before moving to basketball. “You come in and   learn,” Wright says. “You have to be prepared to change and to be nimble.”

LEARNING CURVE: I handled player contracts and the back end of the business operations and from that [owner Edward DeBartolo Sr.]           gave me the ability to run the front office as well. I had no idea what it took to sell a ticket or run public relations or handle broadcasts, but Mr. DeBartolo gave me my Ph.D. by giving me the job.

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