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Old 05-12-2005   #1
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Question From football to football - Malcom Glazer buys Manchester United

The Tampa Bay Bucs owner today bought a 70% stake in Manchester United fc (soccer) and has made an offer for the club of approx $1.5billion. This has caused mass protest and even some arrests in England - what do you guys think of the move? He did a good job for the Bucs but Man Utd are already the biggest soccer club in the world!
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I think its a business decision and from that standpoint you can't buy a bette franchise sporting that is in the world. They are the Yankees of Soccer worldwide. I think sports wise well I'm not sold on the glazers as have done a great job with the bucs. Maybe if the bucs were doing well i'd be more ok with it but if u can't get this one here at home straight why are u going off to get another?
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. They are the Yankees of Soccer worldwide.
Man U are way, way bigger then the Yankees will ever be, even in George's wildest dreams. Not matter how much soccer may be ignored here, for the rest of the world's 2+ billion, it's bigger then the NFL, MLB, NBA and the NHL combined; and at the top of the heap of the all the world's club teams sits Man U.
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The ManU fans have their knickers all in a wad over a yank owning the team. Could be a good deal of backlash coming.
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serves those wankers right.

GO LIVERPOOL FC!
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Now usually i dont walk around with patriotism on my chest but in this case .....i'd smack a brit. They let a russian buy the chelsea football club for 700 million and we can't buy one?

Of course now that said and me coming back to rationale....I'd like to see american reaction of say the crown prince of saudia arabia buying controlling interest of the yankees or the green bay packers even and see how that goes over.
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Now usually i dont walk around with patriotism on my chest but in this case .....i'd smack a brit. They let a russian buy the chelsea football club for 700 million and we can't buy one?

Of course now that said and me coming back to rationale....I'd like to see american reaction of say the crown prince of saudia arabia buying controlling interest of the yankees or the green bay packers even and see how that goes over.
The difference being that Abramovich took Chelsea OUT of debt by buying them, possibly saving the club from administration and the following year they won the league, where as Glazer has put Man Utd. INTO debt by buying them. The controversy has little to do with where he's from.
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One of the few news clips I caught last week... He's got the money. It's a great business deal. Soccer is growing. He bought the best of the best soccer organizations. I say good for him.
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Soccer isn't growing...its GROWN. lol

The only place nobody cares about it is here in TEXAS whoops i mean America. lol

Its not the national sport like it is in almost every other country of the world.
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By the way, do you guys know the England football (soccer) team are playing some games in the USA this month - at Soldier Field and Giants' Stadium (i think). Although quite a few of the top players won't be there messieurs Owen and Beckham will be. Anyone making the trip?
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