SERIE A 18.10.2011, 10:59 Redazione Sportando - E. Carchia 60
Andrea Bargnani close to to Virtus Roma
La Virtus Roma si avvicina al Mago
As per La Stampa, Andrea Bargnani is close to joining Virtus Roma during the NBA lockout. The Italian team found the main sponsor in AshleyMadison.com, The world's leading married dating service for discreet encounters.
The founder of the website made his first proposal to Virtus Roma two weeks ago but the club hesitated for 'ethical problems'. On Monday the two parts had another meeting in Roma and Virtus Roma made three proposals.
The first one is to have AshleyMadison.com as main sponsor until December with Andrea Bargnani in the team; the second one is to have AshleyMadison.com as main sponsor for the entire season if lockout won't finish and Il Mago will stay in the team until June; third one is simply a partnership.
"It is true, I met Virtus Roma management and we are working to sponsor the club and bring Andrea Bargnani back to Italy. The investment worth €1.5M" said Noel Biderman, founder of the website. 'We have also resolved the problem with insurance. Everything is ready" added Biderman.
Bargnani's father, who works as broker, helped to find a solution to cover the rich contract of his son with Toronto Raptors ($42M until 2015).
Il Mago is now working with Stella Azzurra, his ancient team but could start practicing with Virtus Roma from this week. Bargnani has also the offer from Benetton Treviso, his team before landing in the NBA but the proposal from Roma is better.
"The offer made by Roma is better so far and our intention is to finalize the deal with them" ended Biderman.
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SOURCE La Stampa