Craziest RBNY Sale Rumor Yet
Could the New York Red Bulls be on their way to yet another name change?
For the last several years there have been fairly persistent rumors that the Red Bull organization is looking to unload it’s New York team. With the recent success of RB Leipzig they may have lost all interest in their stateside franchise. And with the copious amounts of energy drinks they are presumably mainlining it’s wouldn't be surprising if their collective attention spans were a bit shorter than ideal.
These rumors have almost always been summarily denied by the team. Yet these rumors continue to live on. And this week these rumors may have found new life. On Monday morning a listing appeared on the professional networking site mergernetwork.com advertising a New York based MLS franchise for sale for a minimum investment of $100,000,000.
Of the two current MLS teams in New York it would seem highly unlikely that the City Football Group would be looking to cut and run so quickly from their North American endeavour. But given the nearly constant whispers around NYRB it would not be a stretch at all to assume that the MLS franchise in question is them.
But the question is why would the sale of such a big club be listed on a site like Mergernetwork, a place more known for selling MMA gyms and go-kart tracks? Surely the type of people with the money to spend $100 million on a sports team don’t regularly peruse the internet for potential investments. I always assumed that these deals were discussed at their secret Masonic meetings with Tupac and George Bush.
As the site does not include more specific detail along with the listing, gathering further information on this sale is not readily available. When asked, the team stated that the club was not for sale and they had no further comments. Of course the sale of a club is not likely to be an issue that is discussed with the team’s communication staff. And with the delicate nature of such deals they would likely be told to keep things very “hush-hush”.
Apparently the club have been making cuts and cutting costs, so there seems to be something going on in Harrison, NJ. But what it is we can’t really say for sure. The club could legitimately be for sale, or this could be some posturing by current owners trying to gain some kind of leverage. Or it could be some epically strange trolling by NYCFC fans.
Whatever the truth is, perhaps we can dream of a return of the MetroStars or even of the Cosmos abandoning the sinking ship that is the NASL and finally grasping the brass ring that is the MLS.
Thankfully it does look like NYRB could be providing us quite a bit of entertainment this offseason, after-all a high speed crash is quite a sight. -TR
(Props to Austin for the headline)