After months of insisting that they won’t part with their debt-ridden English soccer club, the family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly is ready to move on.
According to the Sun (via JoeBucsFan.com), the Glazers will now listen to offers for Manchester United. Apparently, the Qatar royal family is willing to pay 1.5 billion pounds for the team — roughly twice the price paid by the Glazers in 2005.
In U.S. dollars, the Glazers would end up with $2 billion, much of which would go to paying off lingering debts relating to the acquisition of the club.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, and a move to buy one of the highest-profile soccer clubs in the world should give Qatar credibility in soccer circles.
The Glazers have faced intense pressure to sell the team, but the efforts to force a sale seemed only to strengthen their resolve to keep the team. A sale of the soccer club won’t necessarily impact the Buccaneers, but to the extent that it results in an influx of cash that could be devoted in part to their American football team, the move could be very good news for Bucs fans.