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Liberty denies report team is no longer up for sale

Shavonte Zellous #1 of the Liberty handles the

Shavonte Zellous #1 of the Liberty handles the ball against the Dallas Wings during a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Credit: Steven Ryan

The Liberty are still up for sale, contrary to a report on Monday night.

“While we have had numerous interested parties, we are going to continue to operate the team until we identify the right new owner to steward this valuable New York franchise,” Madison Square Garden company president Andy Lustgarten said. “We will have more to share soon.”

The team did not comment on an Associated Press report that had the Liberty playing most of its games next season at Westchester County Center, a 5,000-seat arena in White Plains. Several sources confirmed to Newsday shortly after MSG announced its intention to sell the team that one of the factors in the decision was that they wanted to book more lucrative events, such as concerts, at the Garden in the summertime.

The Liberty is one of the WNBA’s original franchises and has been owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden since the league was founded in 1996.

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