Massive change in the NBA could upset Liverpool's investment plan
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Massive change in the NBA could upset Liverpool's investment plan

A massive change in the NBA could upset FSG and their chances of selling Liverpool. The Reds’ owners seek investment.

FSG shocked everyone last month when it got out that they’d instructed banks to find investment in Liverpool. It even reportedly shocked their own employees at the club.

Since then, however, things have become complicated. For one, it’s always been unclear exactly what FSG wanted from the investment. Was it a full sale? Maybe just minority investment? Perhaps they simply wanted to find out the value of Liverpool Football Club.

Then came something of a bombshell – the Glazers put Manchester United up for sale. That immediately created competition in a unique marketplace and United reportedly believed they’d attract the best bidders from Liverpool.

After all, few people or organisations can buy major clubs like this. Both Liverpool and United expect to go for world-record numbers as it’s rare to find investment opportunities in elite football clubs.

So for those seeking to invest in such assets, it becomes a seller’s market. Thus the fewer major clubs for sale, the more you can demand in any sale.

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And that brings us to the NBA. The Athletic reports that they’ve made a massive change this week as they voted to allow sovereign wealth funds to own their teams.

In other words, groups such as the ones that own Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United can now buy NBA teams. Up until now, these groups have really only had European football teams as possible investment opportunities. That now changes as the world’s greatest basketball teams become available for purchase.

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FSG, then, once again find they’re not quite as unique with their sale as they were a few weeks ago. NBA teams represent a fantastic opportunity for those funds, given they essentially can’t fail. It makes them very valuable in a league without relegation or any need to qualify for next year’s edition.

Now, US investors reportedly view Liverpool as something like a US-style team. They face virtually no threat of relegation and can qualify for the Champions League more often than not. The Reds are also big enough that 30 years without the title isn’t enough to see them tumble down the league.

But it still remains that there are more opportunities for massive investment in sports team than there were a few weeks ago. Than there were two days ago, in fact. And that does reduce FSG’s negotiating position slightly.

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