Monday, July 19, 2010

Yanks To Expand Empire To EPL?

According to the Daily Star, the interest comes after Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner died at 80-years-old last week and control of the famous outfit passed down to his sons Hal and Hank.

Hank, a former college soccer player, expressed an interest in buying the club back in the early
1990s. Now it's believed he's rekindled his interest, following the lead of fellow American Stan Kroenke, who has snapped up 29.9 per cent of the shares at north London rivals Arsenal.

Coincidentally, Spurs are in New York ahead of their friendly with the New York Red Bulls this week.

The Steinbrenners have no intention of expanding their sports business empire by buying into any of the other major American markets, such as the NBA, NFL or NHL.

It is Spurs' rise to stardom over recent seasons though, culminating in their qualification for the Champions League, that has caught the eye of the Americans.

Asked about buying into another sports franchise recently, Hank told reporters: “The only thing would be a major soccer team in ­Europe, preferably in the Premier League. That’s always a possibility for me.”
It was also reported in the article that the Yankees may have even made a £450 million offer.

The Yankees had tried a partnership with Manchester United back in 2001, but apparently that didn't work out too well.

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