Reports Philip Anschutz May Become Newcastle Owner


All we really know about the Newcastle sale is that two American consortiums are in at the end, so the speculation continues on who it could be.

Today there are reports that the billionaire owner of The LA Galaxy of the MLS, Philip Anschutz, is said to be preparing a takeover bid for the Newcastle United Football Club.

Philip Anschutz – Denver-based billionaire new Newcastle owner?

According to reports, Philip Anschutz, who is worth around $8.0B (£5.1B) is tipped to take over at Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.

And as we reported yesterday, Dallas businessman Clark Hunt, who owns Major League Soccer side FC Dallas and NFL team Kansas City Chiefs, is also said to be interested.

Philip Anschutz is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA. He owns land, and is also in the Petroleum and Rail businesses, and he lives in Denver, Colorado.

Philip now runs wide-ranging empires in telecommunications, sports and entertainment. His biggest holding is the theater chain Regal Cinemas, and he also owns LA’s Staples Center, and has stakes in professional basketball’s LA Lakers, and NHL hockey’s LA Kings.

He promotes family-values through his various motion picture projects and his latest hit is “The Chronicles of Narnia,” which racked up more than $650M at the box office.

He started as an oil wildcatter, like his father before him, and moved into the railroad business in the early 1980s and made billions by laying fiber-optic cable along his Southern Pacific Railroad track.

He also purchased Qwest Communications and according to one biography, his original $55M investment in Qwest turned into a $4.9B profit when the company went public in 1997.

Philip Anschutz hasn’t given an interview in more than 30 years, so who does that remind you of, when Newcastle were bought out 18 months ago?

Comments welcome.



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65 comments so far

  • toonoot

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Get the tickets printed. I’m heading for Fenwicks Window.

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  • UTD111

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope he’s got an aversion to cross-eyed dwarves…..

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  • Ben

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Ed, he doesn’t promote ‘family values’, he promotes hard core Christian Right ‘values’…basically a means to discriminate against all types of people who don’t share his fundamentalist views. He has been one of George Bush’s biggest supporters in the US and I personally hope this story is untrue.

    Rant over.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    let his money do the talking

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  • LooneyToon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    If the bloke comes in, puts in place a very good, experienced manager (wouldnt have a problem with JK however the more I read up on Fatih Terim, the more I like the bloke), who has the only say on transfers and gets rid of the daft Director of Football then that would be a good start for me….He also need to BACK the manager in the transfer market….We have the basis of a very good side. Quality additions coupled with a steady ship and we might just get somewhere. Whoever comes in, we MUST give them a chance. Actions speak louder than words. Much louder.

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  • KyleNYC

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Ben,

    You’re embarrassing.

    God forbid somebody hold a religious point of view in today’s world! We are taught to be accepting of all religions in today’s society, except for Christianity.

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  • craig chisholm

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    hope they still want to buy us when we are in the championship next season.

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  • Dempsey_NUFC

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope this isn’t true. I would like it if Mike Ashley kept the club and appointed Dennis Wise as manager.

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  • toonoot

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Definition of Fundamentalist

    ‘Someone who has a “deep and totalistic commitment” to a belief in, and strict adherence to a set of basic principles (often religious in nature), a reaction to perceived doctrinal compromises with modern social and political life.’

    Describes a toon fan precisely 🙂

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  • MURPHY

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Kyle NYC – there’s a massive difference between your average Christian and one who holds strong far right-wing christian values.

    The term ‘Christian right’ is used to describe POLITICAL beliefs and they come from a wide variety of theological beliefs.

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  • nufctj

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    No fundie xtians at NUFC!

    especially yank fundie xtians.

    and I don’t discriminate against any religion. I hate them all equally. And they are all just as looney as one another.

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  • hitman

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    whats the word in america ed….

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    LoonyToon – I’m liking Terim as well, although if this guy’s got strong religious views, would he appoint a muslim manager?

    Trawled this from wikipedia

    Anschutz, a Republican donor and supporter of George W. Bush’s administration, has been an active patron of a number of religious and conservative causes:

    * Helped fund Colorado’s 1992 Amendment 2, a ballot initiative designed to overturn local and state laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation.[10]
    * Helped fund the Discovery Institute, a think tank based in Seattle, Washington that promotes intelligent design and creationism and criticizes evolution. [11]
    * Supported the Parents Television Council, a group that protests against what they believe to be television indecency

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  • nufctj

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Like I said Tom 1664, this guy is pure lunacy.

    I would rather keep fat ash and the poison dwarf than have this fanatic running our club.

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  • cause I got the girth

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    sounds like he would love the town on a sat night like!!

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve got no problem with whatever he believes – it’s a free world for the most part. Just that people who decide they have the right to force their moral viewpoint on the wider community that hack me off.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    He looks like a turtle and I wouldn’t want him, he seems like a bigot of one of them overly religous psychos.

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Although I fear that we’re not really going to have a say in the matter. God damn I wish I had this sort of wonga to play with…

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  • hitman

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    who cares what his beliefes are,as long as he sorts oot the toon.

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  • nufctj

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #20

    There are to many Toon fans willing to sell their non-existent souls to get some silverware!

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Is this the bloke who owned the Regal at the top of Shields Road? (!!!!!)

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #22

    And before the ridicule comes flying in, I know it wasn’t. Its was Blacks.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #23

    So, his interests include Discovery Institute, a think tank based in Seattle, Washington that promotes intelligent design …… wonder if his belief’d be shattered if he looked at some of our directors?

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #24

    If he funds the team, brings in a decent manager, appoints a competant chairman and then leaves the club to run itself, I’d welcome him with open arms. All we need is stability and funding so if he can provide that all well and good.

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Lesh – If Wise is the best that 17 billion years of constant improvement can come up with, we’re doomed.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    One TRUE religion…
    …Newcastle United Football Club…

    …So long as he leaves his delusional crap in the u.s…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    wise was created, ask Phil!..

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  • LooneyToon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #28

    @Tom1664 post 12…

    Didnt click about that fella…Depends who he puts in charge of the club ie chairman and what constraints he puts upon that person….

    Would like to think he is a man who respects other peoples views/beliefs even if they differ from his own….Terim is a technically gifted gaffer who, if anyone watched him at Euro 2008, has a heck of alot of passion…get him waving those arms down the touchline at St James….number 1 choice for me…and he has already stated he would love a crack at the job…One thing for sure, is that Turan would be over here quicker than you can say jack flash….and that would be a very good thing…

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  • Waddle's Mullet

    Nov 10, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Something is going on.

    Big Al now 2-1 favourite with every bookie!!

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Really Mr Mullet?

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  • MURPHY

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #31

    he’s having us on.

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  • Ben

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Kyle,I’ve got no problem with Christianity, or any other religion. I don’t believe in it myself, but if others want to practise it that’s fine by me. As long as they are not harming anyone else, no problem.

    What I despise (along with others by the looks of it) are people that use religion to force their political views on the public. This guy has some pretty despicable views on people that don’t conform to his small minded opinions, and has used every means at his desposal to try and air these opinions.

    Not the right person for a proud, accepting and non judgemental club and city like Newcastle.

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  • Stuart

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #33

    If these stories are true about americans then i believe that our new owner will be one of these:

    Larry Ellison, Philip Anschutz, Paul Allen or Clark Hunt. The later owns a dallas foortball team and their striker is the son of our cheif scout for the US. Coincedence?

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Surely if he’s done any sort of research he’ll know that the general consensus of us treat SJP as our church, and practice (as patiently as saints) worshipping the 11 players on the pitch..

    Message to Mr Anschutz Re: Religion

    It isnt real, Grow up*

    *apologies to the religious amongst you

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Hmmm.. I cant find a delete button for that last comment, but have decided it can be construed as one of my more offensive ones.. Sorry

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Karltoon – You are the messiah, you speak definitive truth and are 100%, there is no such thing as God!

    We shall try to crush all views of this on a fooballing blog 🙂

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  • smithio

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #37

    We could do with having God on our side for a few years. Imagine how good we would be with a little celestial trip here and swerve of the ball there. He might even make it a bit warmer. Downside – Taliban might bomb us.

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Or buy us… I read somewhere that Osama is still interested..

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  • Waddle's Mullet

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Karltoon

    yes

    6-4 now

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  • Stuart

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Wonder if any of these guys have spoke to Shearer. He was 8/1 last week. Now i can’t get better than 11/8. They say bookies are always right

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