Who can purchase the Rockets? Look at potential buyers

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Now that the Houston Rockets are officially on the market, who would be interested in purchasing the team?


Self-made billionaire Tilman Fertitta expressed his interest in purchasing the Houston Rockets to ABC13. Fertitta is the CEO of Landry's Inc., and is the chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents.

"I have an interest, these are big shoes to fill," Fertitta said. "Les Alexander has done a tremendous job."

Fertitta said he would purchase the Rockets by himself if the number was reasonable.

"If it's an unreasonable number, I'll pull a group together and if it's a crazy number I won't participate," he said.

He also promised to keep the Rockets in Houston.

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale is the owner and operator of the Gallery Furniture franchise in Houston. ABC13 has confirmed his interest in the team.

During the Houston Astros 2014 season, Mattress Mack offered a promotion that refunded furniture purchase prices to 500 customers.

With the international success of Hall of Famer Yao Ming, the Rockets remain a top team in Asia. Sources close to Ming told Eyewitness News that the former Rocket is interested in the team.

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