Credit crunch hits US baseball, UK Premier League

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Tom Hicks was a major player in private equity, but then moved on to sports investment via his Hicks Sports Group (HSG). He owns the US Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Stars ice hockey franchises, as well as a 50% stake in the UK Premier League’s Liverpool FC.

Now The Guardian reports that HSG has missed $525m of payments on 3 separate loans, and soon needs to refinance a £350.5m Liverpool loan. Hicks has also confirmed he is searching for “partners that share my long-term vision”.

The blog noted in October that many major Premier League teams were loss-making due to excess leverage. Even Manchester United may be impacted. Its US owners seem set on selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Spain’s Real Madrid next month for £75m, to help pay their debts.

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One Response to Credit crunch hits US baseball, UK Premier League

  1. Rudy Muncy 26 February, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Interesting blog, as an expat Brit, now living in Argentina, this was especially interesting.

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