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SBD/January 25, 2013/Franchises
Checketts Sells Majority Stake In Real Salt Lake; Now Plans To Solely Focus On Legends
Published January 25, 2013
CHECKETTS' EFFECT: In Salt Lake City, Kurt Kragthorpe writes Checketts can "walk away from his ownership of Real Salt Lake with pride and satisfaction." The sale to Hansen should "meet Checketts’ goal to 'uncomplicate' his life and reduce his worries." He is "free to live happily in Connecticut without agonizing about what’s happening on the scoreboard in Sandy." Checketts "delivered a championship to his home state -- with a franchise that’s thriving far beyond anyone’s expectations, playing in a spectacular stadium that Checketts overcame all kinds of political battles and funding issues to get built, and being administered by an MLS model front-office operation." Kragthorpe: "Mix in his work in 1980s with the Jazz, turning a joke of a franchise into a stable, highly respected organization, and Checketts created a remarkable legacy, stretched over 30 years in two phases of his Utah-based career. He’d make any all-time list of the 10 most influential people -- athletes, coaches, owners and executives -- in Utah pro sports" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/25).