Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Brits Upset About American Purchase of MU

From the NYTimes:

How do English soccer fans hate Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire businessman
who this week took control of Manchester United, one of the world's most famous
soccer teams? Let us count the ways. ....

As far as anyone can tell, Mr. Glazer, 76, has never been to a Manchester
United game, or possibly even to any soccer game. Which might not be so
surprising, according to his sister Maria. "He has never liked sports," she told
The Daily Mail.
And then, of course, Mr. Glazer, who made his fortune in real estate and investing and has owned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League since 1995, is an American.
So the news that Mr. Glazer - a man said to know so little about any kind of football that he once cheered for the wrong side during a Buccaneers game - was buying their beloved team was bound to upset people. It is as if a Japanese tycoon had suddenly swooped in and bought up the Yankees, using millions of dollars worth of borrowed money.