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After a months-long battle between billionaire sports owners, a new owner for Chelsea FC has emerged: the group led by Todd Boehly is said to be entering into exclusive talks to buy the club.

The final reported price will exceed $4.4 billion, setting a record for a professional sports team sale — a record that could be broken later this year by a Denver Broncos buyer. Boehly also submitted an offer for the NFL team.

  • The offer from the American investor and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakersand Sparks includes a private equity firm Capital of Clearlake.
  • Rival bidders, led by a British businessman Sir Martin Broughton and owner of the Boston Celtics Stephen Pagliucahave been informed that they will not be selected.
  • If Boehly’s offer failed, these two offers would be next.

Boehly, Chelsea and Raine Group, the bank responsible for the sale, did not confirm the news. The UK government is working to ensure that former owner Roman Abramovich does not profit from the sale after being punished for his links to Vladimir Putin.

Last minute drama

A late bid from the majority owner of chemical company Ineos Group – and one of Britain’s richest men – Sir Jim Ratcliffe until $5.4 billion featured a wildcard, but the move is believed to have come too late to impact the process.

Raine Group marked groups led by Boehly, Broughton, Pagliuca and the Ricketts family as finalists in March. The Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs, dropped out later in the process.

Inter Miami CF is on its way to a new downtown stadium after a key vote by the Miami City Commission.

The committee approved a 99 year lease for the land currently occupied by Melreese Golf Course in a 4-1 vote – paving the way for the MLS club owned by jorge mas and David Beckham build a 25,000 seat stadium and a new development area, Miami Freedom Park.

The development will include a 58-acre public park, public soccer fields, a 31.4-acre commercial area, offices and 750 hotel rooms.

  • Mas said the team aims to complete the project by March 2025in time for that year’s MLS season.
  • Thursday’s negotiations raised the ground rent floor to $4.3 million annually from $3.57 million. The city will order two additional property assessments that could drive up the rent.
  • The two parties have agreed to a provision that provides the city with 5-6% of the area’s gross revenue, with the exact figure determined by comparing this figure with the rent floor.

Miami Freedom Park has yet to clear some procedural hurdles, such as golf course rezoning, and may face lawsuits.

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At the suggestion of city commissioner Joe Carollo, the team will also consider making the new stadium the home of the University of Miami football team.

The Hurricanes are under contract to play at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, home of the Miami Dolphins and next week’s Formula 1 race to 2033.


Columbia Sportswear Company reported record first-quarter 2022 revenue but saw its stock plunge in the company’s latest earnings report.

The sportswear and outdoor apparel retailer generated $762 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 22% compared to the same period of the previous year. Columbia attributed the record results to growth across all of its brands, led by Sorel Footwear, which grew 37% from the first quarter of 2021.

  • Columbia plans to pocket between $3.6 billion and $3.7 billion in revenue during the 2022 financial year.
  • In 2022, operating profit is expected to be between $477 million and $502 million.

Despite strong first quarter results, Columbia shares fell 6% on Friday as the company announced that its cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments reached $610 million as of March 31, 2022, from $875 million last year.

Columbia also expects supply chain and inflationary challenges, as well as the Russian distribution shutdown, to hamper the company’s outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Oregon-based company repurchased $217 million in shares in the first quarter of 2022, and its board recently approved a $500 million increase authorization to take over the business.

Reduced expectations

In December 2021, investment bank and market analyst Stifel downgraded Columbia. Analyst Jim Duffy lowered the mark from “buy” to “hold” due to concerns that a combination of unexpected warm weather and late-season snowfall could impact the company’s sales.

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Find out exactly what’s happening in private markets every week with highlights from our Front Office Sports Insights trade tracker.

We carefully monitor public and private market data to gain insight into the sports landscape.

This week Transaction tracking strong points:

  • OneFootball, a football media platform providing live streams and updates on professional football from around the world, has raised $300 million to expand its presence on Web3, led by blockchain fund Liberty City Ventures.
  • Kinexon, developer of specialized IoT technologies designed to connect and automate the operations of industries, sports and entertainment entities, raised $130 million in Series A venture funding led by Thomas H. Lee Partners.
  • LudisAnalyticsdeveloper of a data science platform to accelerate analytics across organizations, has raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital funding from SeventySix Capital, Raptor Group and Translink Investment.
  • JohnnieOdesigner and manufacturer of athletic and leisure apparel focused on fusing Southern California vibes with East Coast tradition, received $108 million in development capital from Wasatch Global Investors and Ares Management.
  • AccelByte, developer of a digital publishing and game platform designed to create and distribute custom games, raised $50 million in venture capital funding from undisclosed investors.

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(Note: all at market close 4/29/22)

Don’t miss Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently on the scoreboard with the No. 33 pick. On Thursday, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker with the first overall pick. A record five Georgia defensive players were selected in the first round. Day 3 will begin Saturday at noon ET.

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