New York Red Bull may be on the cusp of losing both Thierry Henry and their team owner/sponsers Red Bull according to a Sports Illustrated report from Grant Wahl:
While Marc de Grandpre, the club’s head of commercial operations, says the team is not for sale, one source says that if a buyer approached Red Bull and offered $300 million for the Red Bulls and their stadium, the deal would get done within 48 hours.
With reporting like from someone as reputable as Grant Wahl, one could infer that the higher ups are just waiting on someone to come to town and bring their checkbook. We know how long it takes for MLS deals to get done, so getting the word out that there is a FOR SALE sign on Red Bulls and we can get this thing sorted over the weekend if your FICO score checks out, basically tells you that Thierry’s days for Red Bulls are numbered as well.
Or so you would think.
An owner trying to sell, would never sign a guy to a big money deal which TH is certain to get if he plays MLS next season, because you don’t want to hamstring a new owner with bills that they might not agree to BUT you can also say that one would never get rid of a marquee player like TH because you would want to package the team you are selling with one of its better assets, Thierry Henry, a bankable star and box office dude.
This story is really interesting to me. With NYC FC coming, with what is happening to Chivas USA here in SoCal and with Orlando and Atlanta and so forth, the MLS is the place where you want to be. I think that this is wonderful.
Obviously we’re on the outside looking in and unfortunately there are team legacies and peoples jobs on the line and things like that, but I look at it like one of those volatile times in the stock market… there are going to be some losers, but there are also going to be some really big winners when the dust settles.
This obviously is all speculation and hearsay, but if true, do you think buying up New York, basically, for 300 mil is a good investment?
Go over to the Grant Wahl section of SI and check out the full story, its good.
‘Zero chance’ Henry returns to Red Bulls; Club’s owners losing interest – Sports Illustrated
* By the way, personal opinion, Red Bull trying to get out is more of a reflection on the business of energy drinks and not the business of MLS. Think of the last time you had a red bull??? You had to think about that, right? Now, think of if I would have asked you that question 4 years ago… businesses change.