There are reports that Keith Harris, Chairman of Seymour Harris Bank, who are brokering the sale of the Newcastle club for Mike Ashley, was in America last night.
Philip Anschutz – owns several American sports teams including LA Galaxy
And it has been thought for a while that one of the supposed four consortia in for Newcastle was American based.
We has wondered who the American consortium could be and had mentioned Paul Allen, who owns some American sports team,s and is based in Seattle. There was also the possibility of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison being involved, but he’ probably too busy sailing his yacht in preparation for an America’s Cup challenge against holders Alinghi
However, one potential American who was said to be heavily involved in trying to buy Newcastle last October is LA Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz.
Philip is head of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which is a sporting and music entertainment presenter and a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, and were responsible for tying up David Beckham with his LA Galaxy deal.
The company owns or operates several major entertainment and sporting venues, including Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, the XL Center and Rentschler Field. In England they own the Manchester Evening News Arena, and currently operate the The O2
The company also owns a number of sports teams, including the Los Angeles Galaxy, Houston Dynamo (50 %), Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Riptide, Manchester Monarchs, Eisbären Berlin, Hamburg Freezers, 49 % of Hammarby IF Fotboll, as well as interests in the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks.
With Keith Harris said to be in America right now, it is thought that something may be agreed in the next few days, but the two consortia who are bidding are said to be about £20M short of Mike Ashley’s asking price of £100M.
Whether there is a further payment to add the the initial £80M, we don’t know. And since none of the consortia seem willing to pay the full £100M that Mike is asking for, we suppose there is a possibility Mike will not sell – but we don’t even want to think about that. 🙁
But certainly it seemed that Anschutz was more than interested in Newcastle late last year, when they were initially put up for sale, although he did deny his interest in November.
But it may be he hasn’t been put off by Newcastle’s relegation, albeit that their price has been reduced dramatically, but the club is bargain right now at £100M.
Anschutz were the company who were producing the Michael Jackson concerts in London, before the singer’s untimely death last Thursday.
Phil, who is now 69, is said to be worth around $8M (around £5M), he was born in Kansas and now resides in Denver.
There is no solid evidence that Keith is meeting with Phil, but he is certainly qualified to own Newcastle as is outspoken Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Chairman of HDNet, an HDTV cable network. Mark is worth around $2B and is a big sports fan.
We suspect an American owner will finally buy Newcastle, just a hunch, so we are at least trying to cover those who are qualified, and we think Philip would be a good owner for Newcastle.
Whether he would want Alan Shearer as manager we have no idea.