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Kraft going international?

Posted by Albert Breer  October 28, 2009 03:56 PM

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Don't worry, I'm not talking about the Patriots being the team the NFL wants to put in London. But I am talking about the possibility of owner Robert Kraft expanding his business interests there.

Rumors persist that the Krafts are positioning themselves to make a run at buying an English Premier League franchise, and the supposed apple of their eye is Liverpool. My buddy Pete Thamel's got the story over at the New York Times.

On Friday, Robert Kraft expressed concern over buying into a league where salaries aren't controlled. But two days later, he said, “At some point in the future there’s a good possibility we could be involved. ... I’m a very big fan of the Premier League. I would probably want to see some kind of salary-cap potential to get into it, but we have all kinds of opportunities come to us in this area.”

This wouldn't be virgin territory for an NFL owner. Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer also runs Manchester United, which is at least a part of the reason why Tampa Bay was part of this year's London/NFL extravaganza. And it's the shaky financial position of another U.S.-based club owner, Tom Hicks (who also owns the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars), that seems to have put Liverpool in play for Kraft.

Stay tuned, folks.

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