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Owning Up

September 29, 2008

The Crew could be getting a new group of (minority) owners. A group that was formerly involved in bringing soccer to Las Vegas is interested in a stake in the Crew. Las Vegas was not on the list of possible expansion cities recently mentioned by Don Garber, so does that mean they are looking to move the Crew to Vegas? Not so fast:

Caligiuri said the group, which is fronted by California businessman Mark Noorzai, would acquire a portion of the Crew from Hunt Sports Group. The investors would not move the team, he said, and Hunt Sports would continue to run the organization.

So they won’t move the team in the near term at least, but will that change? I am more concerned that they will keep looking for an expansion franchise and lose interest in the team, hurting the Crew in the long run. Either way, I will be very interested to see what happens.

Update: The debate on Big Soccer is a little more pessimistic than I am. There are a lot of questions regarding this deal.

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