Ryan Smith Can Still Purchase Utah Soccer Holdings Despite Utah Jazz Transition

Oct 28, 2020, 2:03 PM
Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith sits in the Hub at the company’s headquarters in Orem on Friday, Feb. 2,...
Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith sits in the Hub at the company’s headquarters in Orem on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Qualtrics is a global leader in the realm of customer experience analytics.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah РRyan Smith, Qualtrics founder and CEO, has purchased a majority stake of the Utah Jazz, it was announced earlier today. Smith has also allegedly had an interest in overtaking the ownership of Utah Soccer Holdings which consists of Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, Utah Royals FC, the Zions Bank Training Facility as well as other assets associated with the teams.

If Smith does eventually purchase Utah Soccer Holdings, he would not be the first owner to own multiple sporting franchises.

Fenway Sports Group, for example, is the majority owners of both the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool.

Malcolm Glazer owns Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stan Kroenke owns the Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the L.A. Rams.

The point here is that Ryan Smith can rather easily own both the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake and would not be the first, nor the last, to own multiple sports franchises.

He would need to create a group that oversees both projects and go from there.

Financially, Smith is more than capable. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Smith will pay $1.66 billion to the Millers for the majority stake of the Utah Jazz. Dell Loy Hansen is attempting to sell Utah Soccer Holdings for a reported $500 million, which might I add is a stretch, but that story is for another time.

In January of 2019, Smith’s company Qualtrics was acquired by German company SAP for a reported $8 billion, it is still the largest private enterprise software acquisition of all time.

Smith can afford to spend $2 billion on acquiring two sports franchises.

The news surrounding the Utah Jazz does not impact the future of professional soccer in Utah. A deal can still be done for Smith in regards to Utah Soccer Holdings.


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