I do not watch American “helmet” Football but this story intrigued me as it might be a good solution to the Liverpool ownership situation.
The Miami Dolphins were owned by billionaire Walter Huizenga, a self-made billionaire here in South Florida.
This Huizenga guy makes Gillet & Hicks look like boy scouts, the fans hated him and had valid reasons to. He had recently owned the baseball team Florida Marlins which twice won the Championship in a matter of 10 years and each time they won the championship Huizenga turned around and sold all the top players, then took the money out of the club. (Imagine Liverpool winning the Premiership and then the next season the entire first team is replaced.) Of course, the season after they scraped the bottom of the tables, so you can imagine the fans. He never did the same thing with the Dolphins however because they never won the Superbowl since he owned them.
Finally this year a knight in shinning armour came to the rescue of the Dolphins, this guy by the name Stephen Ross (a native New Yorker with ties and affection towards Miami) he bought out the Huizenga for a deal worth a total of $1.5 billion. Ross is trying a new approach towards ownership, he claimed that he wanted to make the Dolphins the people’s club.
He recruited local celebrities including singers Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Buffet who invested in the club. Recently he even signed up Jennifer Lopez & her husband Marc Anthony. What he is doing is selling a portion of his shares to these celebrities and the trend looks like it has some traction. So far the celebrities signed on board own an estimate 5% of the franchise. Not only does this give these celebrities an opportunity to give to the community but gives them a platform to promote their latest movies and music.
Will this work for Liverpool F.C.? I believe so, if we dig deep we can find so many celebrities who support us. Unfortunately no celebrity has billions to spare but a partnership of many celebrities might work.
I think the new proposal by ShareLiverpoolFC has been very positive, my suggestion is to take it one more step forward and invite Kopite Celebrities and more L.F.C. legends to join the cause.
George Gillet & Tom Hicks I am sure you are watching what is happening in Miami, that is the way to go.