No, Apple Isn't Planning to Buy Manchester United

Apple is not currently planning to purchase Premier League club Manchester United, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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A report earlier today from British tabloid The Daily Star claimed that Apple had expressed an interest in buying Manchester United for around $7 billion, but our source with direct knowledge of the situation said the report is false.

Manchester United has been majority owned by the Glazer family since 2005. The club announced on Tuesday that its board planned to "explore strategic alternatives," including a potential sale of the club. The news came on the same day that Manchester United announced that star player Cristiano Ronaldo would be leaving the club.

While it has no plans to buy Manchester United, Apple has been pushing into sports content. The company partnered with the MLB to air a weekly "Friday Night Baseball" doubleheader on Apple TV+ during the 2022 regular season, and it will be the exclusive provider of MLS games for the next 10 years. Apple is reportedly also considered a frontrunner for streaming rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package starting next season.

Top Rated Comments

fwmireault Avatar
4 days ago at 12:21 pm
Big day for sketchy rumors, uh?
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orbital~debris Avatar
4 days ago at 12:23 pm
Journalism Daily Star.
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dannyyankou Avatar
4 days ago at 12:24 pm

Big day for sketchy rumors from people without any verified record, uh?
The Daily Star is as reputable as the National Inquirer
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
demodave Avatar
4 days ago at 12:28 pm
Meanwhile, on Page Three of the Daily Star, the Daily Star cites The Onion for a deeply researched article.
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KaliYoni Avatar
4 days ago at 12:33 pm

Apple is not currently planning to purchase Premier League club Manchester United
Probably a good thing. Imagine a flat, gray-scale team logo, having to navigate :apple:Stadium “greeters” with iPads and making appointments for the Beer Genius Bar, and ticket prices increasing by 500%…
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Veinticinco Avatar
4 days ago at 12:32 pm
What a load of nonsense. Fans and "journalists" desperate for clicks for their toilet paper publications.

Funnily enough no mention of FSG-owned Liverpool who are also up for sale and a far more attractive proposition, lower price, zero debt with a redeveloped iconic stadium (unlike leaky OT) and both historically and recently, the more successful English club and European giant.

It's laughable really to even suggest a company buyout like Apple. It's all hedge fund consortiums vs oil state sovereign wealth funds now, and even that will be one-sided very soon.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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