Those Damn Yanks! Are Americans Intent on Destroying Football Around the Globe?

Liverpool F.C.If the U.S. earning a draw with England wasn’t bad enough for the Brits, here comes another blow. Another Yankee is trying to purchase one of their beloved football teams Liverpool. Alex Massie writes in the Daily Beast:

If Red Sox owner John Henry’s purchase of Liverpool soccer club goes through, he’ll have to clean up the mess left by its current owner, former Texas Rangers chief Tom Hicks.

This week, John Henry and the New England Sports Ventures consortium made great strides in their attempts to purchase Liverpool football club. For once, an American takeover of a great English institution is being welcomed — but only because it means running the previous American owners out of town. Better the wealthy Americans you don’t know than the ones you do.

That’s because owners of American sports teams have a history of running English football clubs into the ground. Liverpool, the most successful football team in English history, has $450 million in debt due on Friday and this season is off to its worst start in 57 years — thanks, in large part, to its current American owners, former Texas Rangers chief Tom Hicks and George Gillett. It is as though a group of used-car salesmen from South London had bought the New York Yankees and turned them into the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, the most famous football club in the world, Manchester United, has accrued $830 million in debt under its American owners, the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  • Hadrian999

    most americans don’t are enough about the sport to try and ruin it.
    i for one would be in favor of south London car salesmen ruining the Yankees

  • Hadrian999

    most americans don’t are enough about the sport to try and ruin it.
    i for one would be in favor of south London car salesmen ruining the Yankees

  • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

    Owners from Iceland are even worse – the Icelandic bankers who bought West Ham United may yet sink the club even though they’re no longer in control. The size of their mismanagement was matched only by the size of former Chairman Eggart Magnusson’s head…

    http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2008/12/19/1229652762149/Eggert-Magnusson-001.jpg

  • http://disinfo.com Majestic

    Owners from Iceland are even worse – the Icelandic bankers who bought West Ham United may yet sink the club even though they’re no longer in control. The size of their mismanagement was matched only by the size of former Chairman Eggart Magnusson’s head…

    http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2008/12/19/1229652762149/Eggert-Magnusson-001.jpg

  • Jmbernardo77

    It is a very interesting article because here in the U.S. if we have a sports team that is bad or grossly mismanaged the owner will say it is because nobody comes to see the team and look for a reason.(i.e. my stadium is old) they will then proceed to demand a new stadium or move the team, get tax breaks to build a new stadium and charge personal seat licenses. I am not if the Brits will be more willing to cave into owners demands like us in the states.It will be interesting what steps the Premier League takes in dealing with the issue of gross mismanagement of their teams. Will they put a salary cap in place? Will some teams cease to exist or merge? it is like you have a bunch of billionaires gambling with the league’s future.

    • ralph

      It’s sort of a reflection on America in general, if you have Wall Street, the government, and other influentials not only gambling with the economy of the United States, but the entire world.

  • Jmbernardo77

    It is a very interesting article because here in the U.S. if we have a sports team that is bad or grossly mismanaged the owner will say it is because nobody comes to see the team and look for a reason.(i.e. my stadium is old) they will then proceed to demand a new stadium or move the team, get tax breaks to build a new stadium and charge personal seat licenses. I am not if the Brits will be more willing to cave into owners demands like us in the states.It will be interesting what steps the Premier League takes in dealing with the issue of gross mismanagement of their teams. Will they put a salary cap in place? Will some teams cease to exist or merge? it is like you have a bunch of billionaires gambling with the league’s future.

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    It’s sort of a reflection on America in general, if you have Wall Street, the government, and other influentials not only gambling with the economy of the United States, but the entire world.

  • spursgot4thnotu

    liverpool were outplayed all last season, under-managed, and it happens the owners couldnt buy them out of it. Anyone who watched every liverpool game knew they were unfortunate have torres out, but the lack of depth on offense made targeting gerrard on defense easy. They finished out of champoins league and they still got joe cole, at some point fans have to ball up and admit their players underplayed

  • spursgot4thnotu

    liverpool were outplayed all last season, under-managed, and it happens the owners couldnt buy them out of it. Anyone who watched every liverpool game knew they were unfortunate have torres out, but the lack of depth on offense made targeting gerrard on defense easy. They finished out of champoins league and they still got joe cole, at some point fans have to ball up and admit their players underplayed