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SBD Global/June 20, 2014/Franchises

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Completes Takeover Of League One Side Doncaster

League One side Doncaster Rovers "now have a celebrity owner" after a takeover by former Chair John Ryan and One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, according to the PA. A spokesperson for Ryan said that the deal "had been completed." The 21-year-old Tomlinson "is a lifelong fan of his hometown club" and had been "close to a takeover before," but a move was twice delayed "because of negotiations over his image rights." Ryan "will be the lesser known of the two men but will doubtless be the more hands-on." His spokesperson said, “It’s done, the takeover is complete.” The "earlier snag" came about because Tomlinson’s image rights "are owned by his management team and would entitle them to a share of any money generated by the club through merchandise and extra ticket sales from the use of his image or name" (PA, 6/19).
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