Former GM Contract Fight Will Hopefully End Soon For Former Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson

The 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise by a consortium headed by Bruce Levenson to Forbes listed billionaire technology expert Tony Ressler appeared to pass off without incident; that is, until recently filed court papers filed in Fulton County revealed the former ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment consortium is still awaiting a resolution to an insurance policy claim made with AIG. Levenson’s group made an insurance claim in the days before their June 2015 sale of the Hawks was announced over the mutual termination of the $12 million six year contract of former Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

Despite AIG reportedly agreeing to the claim and beginning negotiations over a financial settlement because of the actions undertaken by Ferry in the buildup to the sale of the Hawks franchise no contact has been reported from the insurance giant since Levenson sold the iconic basketball team. UCG founder Bruce Levenson and his fellow former Hawks owners are suing AIG for breach of contract and bad insurance faith as they hope to recoup a portion of the financial settlement they came to with Ferry in 2015.

After spending more than a decade in charge of the Hawks franchise, Bruce Levenson has not taken an easy route to retirement after completing the sale of the NBA team; instead, he has embarked on a range of philanthropic enterprises that have included acting as the co-chair of a Kennedy Center for the Arts ball in aid of the Anti-Defamation League. Alongside wife Karen, Bruce Levenson has become a major supporter of causes including the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute and the Seeds of Peace group.


Head To Head Battle Between Two Tech Companies

Securus Technologies dominates in offering technological solutions for both governmental and felon law systems. Some of its services include monitoring, public safety, investigation, and corrections. Recently, it took a huge leap by confronting GTL-Global Tel Link, its primary opponent in the industry, allowing a judge rule out which among the two companies was best under the following criteria;


  • Owner of largest and best product set
  • Most modern telephone calling platform
  • Most capital and expense efficient platform
  • Best customer service


The challenge follows after GTL allegedly claimed to be offering as good services as Securus Tech. Richard A. Smith, Securus Technologies CEO, wants a judge to analyze both parties, and come up with who has better customer service, product sets, and calling platform. The comparison, however, didn’t seem fair as Securus owns investments worth over $700 million and owns technologies, companies and an Advanced Technology Center, whereas GTL has small investments to show.


Other advantages that Securus has over GTL include;

  • Offers many services to the correction facilities
  • Securus boasts of owning a domestic call center
  • Trained technicians work at Securus
  • Securus is author of world’s biggest VOIP calling platform
  • Customer reviews confirm Securus’ customer service, economics, and technological advancement is ahead of GTL’s.


Smith states that if he were GTL, he would reject the tech challenge bake off. He maintains that his company excels in all matters in question and Securus undoubtedly has its words leading its actions.


About Securus Technologies


Securus aims at providing second to none technology solutions including biometric analysis, incident management, inmate self-service, emergency response, and monitoring products. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, providing services across North America.


Their priority is making the world a safer place while connecting family and friends to those in correctional facilities, emergency dispatchers to those in need and helping in investigation processes. Securus is currently serving more than 3,400 governmental agencies and 1.2 million inmates.