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Minnesota United Owner Talks MLS Budgets, Breaking Even

Owner Bill McGuire said Minnesota United must be financially prudent in developing on-field talent
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Owner Bill McGuire said Minnesota United must be financially prudent in developing on-field talent
Photo: MINNESOTA UNITED FC
Owner Bill McGuire said Minnesota United must be financially prudent in developing on-field talent
Photo: MINNESOTA UNITED FC

Minnesota United has sold out all 14 home games at Allianz Field this season and have "spent millions to bring in new players," according to Andy Greder of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. Minnesota United Owner Bill McGuire said of the budgets for MLS teams, "It's not the premier league. ... Of course it's not." He added, "Basketball in Greece is not the NBA. We are going to have more input from media rights and additional increases in sponsorship and fan support and those things to bring it up to the level where you can spend significantly more money the way people want. I think there is going to be more and more spending, but when you don't have a lot of TV stuff or media ... where is that money going to come from?" When asked about breaking even, McGuire said it is "important that we be financially prudent in developing this" team. He added, "There has been a tremendous amount of capital put into the team and you can't expect people have unlimited capacity to fund that." McGuire: "It is important, but just like anything else it is important to be disciplined" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/24).