NWSL Washington Spirit Could Play Some Matches At Audi Field If Sold
NWSL Washington Spirit Owner Bill Lynch is "in talks about selling a majority stake in the organization" to DC-based data services company Qbase CEO Steve Baldwin, according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. A source said that Lynch, who has owned the team since the league launched in '13, would "retain close to" a 50% share in the team. Lynch said it is still "a little premature" for an official announcement. Sources said that if a deal is struck, Baldwin would "seek to upgrade the Spirit's operations" at the Maryland SoccerPlex and "perhaps play additional matches" at DC United's Audi Field. Goff notes the Spirit have has averaged about 3,700 fans for home matches, a figure "close to the break-even point." The team also "runs a substantial youth development program." Lynch has been "actively involved in the team, attending most home games and addressing the players on occasion" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/11).