- Sale process has been run by MLS since January
- Franchise was recently valued at US$420 million
Josh Harris, who is Blitzer’s partner in the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) group which holds the majority stakes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) franchises, is not involved in the investment.
According to Sportico, an agreement to acquire Salt Lake – a franchise recently valued at US$420 million – with Blitzer’s consortium has been reached but not yet officially signed off. Little is known about the other partners in the deal at this stage.
In January, MLS took over the sales process from Real Salt Lake owner, Dell Loy Hansen, who failed to find a buyer last year after putting the franchise up for sale amid a racism scandal.
Hansen’s tenure as owner fell apart in August 2020 when he publicly criticised Salt Lake’s players boycotting of a match in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, with The Athletic also reporting that the owner used racist language in front of team staff.
If confirmed, the takeover would be the latest in a series of ownership changes across MLS.
In terms of soccer ownership experience, HBSE also has a stake Premier League club Crystal Palace, while Blitzer has other personal European soccer investments in Bundesliga outfit FC Augsburg and Belgian second-tier side Waasland Beveren.