June 8, 2006
England's Manchester United soccer team is worth about $1.4 billion. Here's how that stacks up against some other professional teams: NFL Worth about as much as the Washington Redskins * MLB Worth about $500 million more than the New York Yankees * NBA Worth about three times as much as the Lakers * NHL Worth about five times as much as the Detroit Red Wings Source: World Features Syndicate
May 19, 2005 |
Not to suggest that some Manchester United fans are unhappy, but the message on a placard here would be difficult to misconstrue. It read, "Glazer, watch your back!" Ever since American sports baron Malcolm Glazer announced Monday that he had secured enough shares to take control of the most fabled name in British football, known as soccer in the U.S., supporters have been in an uproar. And supporters is probably too mild a word for the devotion some feel for the Red Devils.
May 17, 2005 |
Malcolm Glazer gained full control of Manchester United on Monday, a controversial $1.47-billion acquisition that brought some supporters of the world's most famous soccer club to the boiling point. The 76-year-old billionaire is best known as the owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he has limited known soccer knowledge or background. But the concerns of United's fans go deeper than the fact he is an American outsider.
May 13, 2005 |
Manchester United, the world's wealthiest and arguably most famous soccer club, became American property in all but name Thursday. Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, achieved effective control of the English team by buying a 28.7% stake in the club from Irish racehorse owners J.P. McManus and John Magnier. That raised Glazer's share in the 127-year-old team to 56.9% and paved the way for a complete takeover.
April 1, 2004 |
Manchester United returns to North America this summer, bringing with it such equally illustrious teams as AC Milan, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Celtic, Chelsea, FC Porto and Liverpool. It's exactly what Major League Soccer does not need -- star-studded European teams swaggering across the continent in the middle of the MLS season. Forgive MLS, therefore, for casting a somewhat jaundiced eye on all the hoopla.
July 27, 2003
Charles Parker is a bus driver. It's an honest and honorable way to make a living, but it's a job not everyone would want. Except, perhaps, on Saturday. Half the population of Manchester, England, gladly would have taken Parker's place behind the wheel of his Golden West Tours bus Saturday afternoon, and might even have paid for the privilege. That's because Parker's assignment was to drive Manchester United from its hotel in Century City to the Coliseum and back.