SOCCER

Report: Real Salt Lake Owner David Blitzer One Of Lead Bidders For EPL Giant Chelsea F.C.

Mar 25, 2022, 4:59 PM

A general view of Stanford Bridge as Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea clears the ball from Nathan Redmond...

A general view of Stanford Bridge as Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea clears the ball from Nathan Redmond of Southampton during the the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Financial Times has reported that Real Salt Lake owner David Blitzer is among the leaders to buy English Premier League giant and current European Champions Chelsea F.C.

The report states that the top two bids came from Todd Boehly, part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, who has partnered with Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss. While the other top bid came from David Blitzer and his business partner Josh Harris. Although Harris has no ownership stake in Real Salt Lake, he does share stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils with Blitzer. They own Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment together.

Harris and Blitzer also own minority shares in Crystal Palace F.C., an English Premier League club. If Harris and Blitzer are successful in their bid to own Chelsea F.C. they would be forced to divest their ownership in Crystal Palace F.C.

The report also states that roughly 200 inquiries were made about the sale following the news that Russian owner Roman Abramovich was going to sell.

Another report suggests that the Ricketts family (Chicago Cubs owners) and the Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca are among the top bidders as well.

Either way, it appears as though Chelsea F.C. will eventually be bought by an American becoming the eighth Premier League club to have American investment.

Abramovich’s decision to sell Chelsea F.C. came following the U.K government’s decision to sanction him days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Chelsea has been unable to sell merchandise or tickets, essentially forcing Abramovich into a panic sale.

Abramovich bought Chelsea F.C. for $190 million in 2003 and the club is now estimated to be valued at $3.2 billion.

If Abramovich chooses a buyer, he would then need to seek authorization from the U.K. government to sell the team.

 

 

Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo...

Associated Press

Furor Erupts Over Ronaldo’s Apparent Obscene Taunt In Saudi League Match

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly being investigated for making an alleged offensive gesture while playing in the Saudi Pro League.

16 hours ago

Utah-Royals-FC-Return-Of-Royalty-Towels...

Kyle Ireland

Utah Royals FC Unveil Primary Kits For 2024 Season

The Utah Royals unveiled their primary kits ahead of the club's anticipated return to the pitch as an NWSL franchise in the 2024 season.

1 day ago

Real Salt Lake St. Louis City SC...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Picks Up Draw Against St. Louis City SC

Real Salt Lake played St. Louis City SC to a 1-1 draw at CITYPARK. Chicho Arango's 100th career goal marked the first of the year for RSL.

4 days ago

Real Salt Lake Inter Miami CF St. Louis City SC...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Looks For First Win Against West-Best St. Louis City SC

After opening the season with a loss in Miami, Real Salt Lake will head northwest for a match against the St. Louis City SC.

5 days ago

Kevin-Bonilla-Real-Salt-Lake-MLS...

Kyle Ireland

Real Salt Lake Loses Rookie Kevin Bonilla For Rest Of 2024 Season

Real Salt Lake shared that rookie defender Kevin Bonilla is out for the 2024 MLS season after undergoing surgery for a knee injury.

5 days ago

Real Salt Lake Inter Miami CF...

Chandler Holt

Real Salt Lake Unfazed By Miami Loss, Eyes Set On St. Louis City SC

After the loss to Inter Miami CF, members of Real Salt Lake spoke on the season opener and what to expect from the club moving forward.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Report: Real Salt Lake Owner David Blitzer One Of Lead Bidders For EPL Giant Chelsea F.C.