An American investment bank has set up a new European sports finance group, with the specific aim of brokering deals to buy Premier League clubs, as well as further afield in Europe.
Cantor Fitzgerald have brought in executives who have expertise in the corporate and commercial operations of the Premier League and those in other major European Leagues.
Our recent article (read HERE) showed the transformation in financial results across the Premier League, with Financial Fair Play and the mega TV deals leading to an expected £200m profit across the 20 clubs in the 2013/14 Premier League.
This represents a turnaround of over £500m from the previous season, when collectively the Premier League clubs lost over £315m. With an even bigger leap in TV revenues starting in 2016, it is making it obvious that clubs in the top tier of English football can now make serious money.
Arsenal, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa are already owned by Americans and whilst Cantor Fitzgerald’s business won’t of course solely be aimed at clients from the States, it looks a foregone conclusion that more clubs will end up being owned by those from the USA.
The American owners who are already in the Premier League have in the main had a background of already owning sports franchises in US sports, seeing the potential of major riches developing in the Premier League in the long-term.
Research by Dealogic Ltd. shows that since 2005 there has been 264 acquisitions of minority and majority stakes in European clubs, valued at some £5.5billion.
With financing firms such as Cantor Fitzgerald moving into this market, clearly they will be looking to aggressively attract clients and look for potential acquisitions that can be made on their behalf.
For Newcastle fans it must increase hopes that there is the potential for a change of ownership, with NUFC surely a club that has massive potential if ran by people with the right expertise in running major sporting ‘brands’.