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Jazz have lost $25M over last two seasons

5/13/2006 - Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY -- On the last day of regular NBA play last
month, the Utah Jazz reached a break-even record for the season.
Financially, however, they're not even close. The team was more
than $10 million in the red, according to owner Larry Miller. And
losses for the last two seasons combined approach $25 million,
Miller said.
"We're losing a lot of money. Huge numbers," Miller said of
the team he has owned for 21 seasons. "Blow-your-mind numbers."
Miller says the losses are painful, but concedes, they're
self-inflicted pain.
During the summer of 2004, Miller authorized a quarter-billion
dollars in long-term contracts to Jazz players, including $86
million to Andrei Kirilenko, $68 million to Carlos Boozer and $50
million to Mehmet Okur.
That doubled the team's payroll, but Miller hopes those players
will eventually put the team in championship contention.
"Being competitive on the floor is important to us, and we
believe we are headed in the right direction," Miller said. "You
have to be smart about it, and I think we have been. This [loss],
it's an eight-digit number. ... But it's something we were prepared
for."