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Report: Glazers will sell soccer club

Wayne Rooney

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.

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12 Responses to “Report: Glazers will sell soccer club”
  1. ballotpull says: Dec 22, 2010 5:46 PM

    the qatars are trying to buy the world….wait they alreasy own it. Maybe they can pay for ryan clarks health insurance….

  2. mean13 says: Dec 22, 2010 6:02 PM

    Please, oh please, Glazers. Sell this team so the Buccaneers can stop having the lowest payroll in the NFL year after year.

  3. graphicwolfart says: Dec 22, 2010 6:11 PM

    Well that still remains to be seen…Glazers will benefit the Buc fans when they sell the Bucs!

  4. j0esixpack says: Dec 22, 2010 6:23 PM

    Little known fact: They call it “football” over there.

  5. warriorking1112 says: Dec 22, 2010 6:27 PM

    maybe dan snyder will try to get a partnership going to buy the club! I heard he has always wanted one!

  6. greenall12 says: Dec 22, 2010 6:31 PM

    man utd are only debt ridden due to the Glazers borrowing money against the club to buy the club.

    also unlike the Bucs, Man Utd have been successful (3 league wins,1 champions league win,and another final)

  7. hobartbaker says: Dec 22, 2010 6:52 PM

    Absolutely none of the Glazer fortune will be willed to the distant relative born with the enlarged encephalitic cranium on top of a dwarf’s body.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 22, 2010 7:06 PM

    There are few fanbases in the world that hate their owners as much as the ManU fans loathe the Glazers. They must be ecstatic to hear this.

    Doubt that will make any difference to how they run the Bucs though. They were cheap before and they’ll be cheap again and selling the English club won’t make a bit of difference with that.

  9. peed1 says: Dec 22, 2010 7:26 PM

    I think people should get off the Glazers’ butts.
    The team is a lot better than the cowboys, vikings or the redskins that spend millions more for nothing. Ever since the Glazers have owned the team they have been much better than when old Hugh Culverhouse was running it.

  10. kimcon22000 says: Dec 22, 2010 8:11 PM

    Thank GOD if it’s true …………..

  11. hobartbaker says: Dec 22, 2010 8:17 PM

    “Who ate the pie?
    Who ate the pie?
    Goddamn ****ing Glazers,
    Goddamn ****ing Glazers,
    Glazers ate the pie.”.

  12. cmdrbuffalo says: Dec 22, 2010 10:25 PM

    Trolled!

    The rumor about the Qatar royal family is almost certainly bogus, published by England’s version of “The Weekly World News.”

    The Glazers have shown no interest in selling United. In fact, the reason for the continued debt is due to the Glazers taking money out of the club, leaving the debt in place rather than paying it down.

    The fans bitch and moan, but continue to sell Old Trafford out every match. United continues to be a contender in the Premier League, as well as the Champion’s League, FA Cup, etc. Thinking that the Glazers want to sell this license to print money is silly.

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