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Admiral Lard 10:33 Mon Jul 4
Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Love a conspiracy theory me and I have a feeling this one could have legs.....

The incredible plan the Davids and Karen have put together over the last 6 and 1/2 years, taking West Ham United from a debt ridden club on the brink of financial collapse to a high flying, Olympic Stadium wonderland is nothing short of incredible.

Yes, we still have substantial debt, however, its being managed and the banks are happy.

In a few weeks time we entertain Juventus in pre season friendly with a sell out, 60,000 gate... You just have to pinch yourself at the thought.

Add to that, by some luck, we have the player of the Euros to date, if we can keep him with us our shop window will be one of the brightest on the Premier League high street.

So, David Gold is approaching his eighties and surely will want to give up is part in running the business. Davis Sullivan is a mere 69 (arf) and the majority shareholder, he will be looking for the ideal partner to invest over the next couple of years.

Now we come to the Seattle Sounders game… the ownership of this MLS outfit have been on a similar journey to that of the Davids. Majority shareholder Adrian Hanauer bought the club when it was losing money, over the 4 years got the debt under control.

He has brought steady success on the field too winning the MLS and kmaking the conference finals in 2014.

He has brought in additional investors, film producer Joe Roth, Microsoft co founder Paul Allen, and the comedian Drew Carey.

Of these the most significant is Paul Allen, owner of the NFL team, Seattle Seahawks. Allen built a new stadium for the Seahawks to be used in partnership with the Sounders. I have seen this chaps private yacht moored at Canary Wharf during the 2012 Olympics, believe it’s a tad more impressive than a gold or maroon Roller.

If we are looking for a business partner to take the club to the next level these are exactly the type of investor we would need. I don’t think this visit is anything of coincidence, the Yanks are coming!!

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Son of Anarchy 8:07 Wed Jul 6
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
On the back of last night i dont think anyone from Seattle is buyin in

RBshorty 7:55 Wed Jul 6
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Yank ownership is NOT the way to go. All you have to do is look at the American owners already in the Premiership.

ManU. They have the club in the shitter for nearly half a billion.

Liverpool. Yank ownership has work so well for them they are on there second lot. Still they did managed to lose to us 3 times last season.

Arsenal. The silent,silent partner. As long as Wenger keeps getting them a top four finnish.Why push the boat out and do something stupid. Like spend.?

And

Aston Villa. OK so a Yank don't own them anymore. But you can how well it worked out for them.?

With all Yank ownership. It starts and stops with there cut. Everything else is secondary. All they see when they look at a Premiership club. Is a giant size ATM.

claretandbluedagger 8:43 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Makes a fair bit of sense, this does. Some certain posters won't like it because it suggests the owners are doing something to benefit the club, which obviously never ever happens.

KingandPaynter 8:38 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Nice work Morse

Nagel 7:57 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
The East Coast fixture was arranged because their team is run by a healthcare entrepreneur who will sort out our persistent injury problems once and for all.

About as likely as the opening post anyway.

The White Horse 6:21 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
And what's your theory for the team we're playing on the East Coast clever clogs?

The White Horse 6:19 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
It must be all the 69's that are making him look 69.

Spandex Sidney 5:31 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
I don't think David Sullivan looks bad for 69.

Seems a life of total pornography isn't so bad for you after all, plus I hear his eyesight is rather good!

Aalborg Hammer 5:30 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Are these games on telly here??The Australian debacle from last season was on (was it last year??)

Far Cough 4:59 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Sorry, I misread the title, they are Pro Football Hall of Fame, not Seahawks Hall of Fame

roltrader 4:57 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Investments in MLS are peanuts compared to PL

Far Cough 4:54 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Just had a look at some of their Hall of Famers, only Steve Largent is really there as a Seahawk


Franco Harris - Steelers really
Steve Largent
Carl Eller - Vikings really
Warren Moon - Houston Oilers really
John Randle - Vikings really
Jerry Rice - Hahaha, well I'll leave you to guess what team

Far Cough 4:47 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
I only remember Steve Largent from the Seahawks

cholo 4:45 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
This is a conspiracy theory?

Where's the shape shifting lizards or the link to 9/11?

ornchurch ammer 4:41 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Hope so. The Seattle Seahawks are my American a Football team so to be able to combine them with the Hammers with be great. West Ham Seahawks has a ring to it.

claypole 1:07 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
I am sure Allen was linked to Soton in the past.

goose 12:58 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
club is now worth something like £400m?? i believe that if they sell for above that number they lose a big % to the LDDC or whatever they are called. 30% is it???

Mart O 12:37 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
ted fenton 11:51 Mon Jul 4

flyingV 12:22 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
Don't care how much money he has, I'll never forgive him for joining the yids...

El Scorchio 12:20 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
The Seahawks owner is a very rich man indeed. Net worth of 17 billion dollars, and co founder of Microsoft. Seems like a good owner as well from everything I've read and heard. The Seahawks have done very well under his ownership.

Would be terrific to get him on board if he wanted to buy a stake in the club.

ted fenton 11:51 Mon Jul 4
Re: Seattle Sounders game - More to it than meets the eye?
CARTERS 11:44 Mon Jul 4

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