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Sounders Re-Work Ownership, Add Russell Wilson As Investor

The Sounders have announced 11 families who will be joining their ownership group, "forming the Seattle Futbol Club LLC that partially bought out Hollywood producer Joe Roth’s stake in the team," according to Jayda Evans of the SEATTLE TIMES. Once Roth announced he was stepping aside, Adrian Hanauer "increased his majority stake in the club" while Drew Carey "bumped up his investment with Jody Allen and the new owners entered at various levels as minority owners to round out the group." Recognizable names such as Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, join hip-hop star Macklemore and his wife, Tricia Davis, as "new investors." The investments "took 15 months to finalize," but the Sounders now have "one of the world’s most diverse soccer ownership groups." The new faces will be formally introduced Aug. 19. Hanauer said, "This was not a financial investment. This was about community, team, culture, diversity, inclusiveness and, yeah, winning." He also said he wants "input" from all 11 families on club matters (SEATTLE TIMES, 8/13).

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