Could Manchester United Sale Affect American Football? Buccaneers fans await answers from Glazers

Almost everyone in the Tampa area knows the Glazer name; the family that owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football team. But not every Bucs fan knows that the Glazers also own one of the most valuable football teams in the world an ocean away from Tampa Bay.

With the world watching the FIFA World Cup matches, the Glazers are now considering the sale of Manchester United.

According to a post on the team’s website, the team’s board, including the Glazers, “will consider any strategic alternatives, including new investments in the club, a sale or any other transaction involving the company.”

A quote attributed to Avram and Joel Glazer states that the board “will ensure that we serve our fans best and that Manchester United maximizes the significant growth opportunities available to the club today and in the future.”

George Fleming watched the World Cup games from MacDinton’s Pub in Tampa’s SoHo neighborhood. He wasn’t surprised when the Glazers bought Manchester United in 2005.

An aerial view of Old Trafford Stadium, home of Manchester United Football Club on November 23, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

“I tell my wife I like football and soccer,” he laughed.

He’s a Bucs fan now but he grew up in Spain so he follows football closely, including the English Premier League.

“You have a top-flight football club. Why wouldn’t you own that?” he wondered about the Glazers.

The Glazers angered some fans when they paid nearly $1 billion for the team in a leveraged deal that left ManU in debt.

Flags are waved over the end zone following a field goal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Buffalo Bills September 18, 2005 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Some in Tampa are wondering if selling the team could have an impact on the Bucs. The Glazers have always operated the two franchises separately and the Buccaneers have not commented on a potential sale.

Fleming believes there will be many potential buyers.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s face on a giant banner at the front of the stadium can be seen through the United Trinity statue of Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and George Best the day before his second leg between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in September

“Manchester United is one of the top teams in the world. It’s a brand name like MacDonald’s and Nike,” he said.

The 13-time La Liga champions have not won a title in recent years and star player Christiano Ronaldo is leaving the club.

A pedestrian walks past a mural of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo near Old Trafford stadium, the home ground of Manchester United soccer team, November 23, 2022 in Manchester, northern England. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCAR

However, experts say someone could bid billions for the team.

The subject is likely to come up on Friday when fans gather to watch the World Cup match between the USA and England.


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