Christopher J. Cohan is the former owner of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He assumed control of the team in 1995 and helped renovate the Warriors' arena (now known as the Oracle Arena). Under Cohan's ownership, however, the team experienced only two winning seasons and one trip to the playoffs. Cohan founded Sonic Communications in 1977. It became one of the largest independently owned cable outlets in the country before he sold it in May 1998.
Cohan attended Arizona State University and is an avid golfer.
In May 2007, Cohan was reported to be fighting a $160 million dollar tax case in federal court over claims that he evaded taxes when he sold Sonic Communications in 1998 for more than $200 million.
In May 2009, an unnamed writer in Sports Illustrated reported what was in their opinion the top ten best and worst owners of basketball teams, ranking Cohan as their 4th "worst" owner. The writer criticized Cohan for sticking with Don Nelson as the Warriors' head coach and for some generally poor team performance, apart from the 2007 playoffs series win against the first-seeded Dallas Mavericks. The editorial claimed that the team appeared to be repeatedly rebuilding.
In July 2010, the Warriors were sold to Peter Guber and Joe Lacob for $450 million
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