Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. chairman Larry Tanenbaum is once again being connected to a bid to co-own a Premier League giant.
UtdDistrict, a fan-run Twitter account covering all things Manchester United, with nearly 650,000 followers, tweeted Thursday that Tanenbaum and Stephen Pagliuca, a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, were potential buyers.
The Glazer family, extremely unpopular with Manchester United’s massive worldwide fanbase, put the club up for sale Tuesday after 17 years of ownership, leading to a flurry of interest.
Chelsea Football Club sold for £4.25billion ($5.9 billion Canadian) to a c
onsortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly e
arlier this year. Tanenbaum and Pagliuca earlier teamed on a bid for Chelsea, but fell short.
It was the most ever paid for a professional sports club, but ManU is expected to go for even more. Pagliuca also has a majority stake in Italian club Atalanta.
Reports have Tanenbaum and Pagliuca competing this time against the likes of technology behemoth Apple, Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega, fellow NBA owners Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils) and others.
Liverpool is also up for sale.
Tanenbaum owns 25% of MLSE and is the chairman of the NBA’s board of governors and a co-chair of Toronto’s successful bid to be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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