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Pacers guard T.J. McConnell becomes part owner of English soccer club
The Pittsburgh native has become a minority owner of Leeds United Football Club in England, along with Larry Nance Jr. of the Pelicans.
Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell has taken his serious interest in English football to another level.
McConnell shared on Friday that he’s now an owner, buying into Leeds United Football Club in England. Larry Nance Jr. of the New Orleans Pelicans is also a minority investor.
“Both humbled and honored to be a part of the new ownership group” McConnell wrote on Instagram.
The colors, appropriately, are blue, yellow and white — just like the Pacers.
The team confirmed the sale of controlling stake from Aser Ventures to 49ers Enterprises — an investment group that is controlled by the owners of the San Francisco 49ers — on Friday afternoon.
“All of our focus remains on a quick return to the Premier League,” they said in a statement. That’s because they were relegated last month from the Premier League to the Championship, the second tier, after a rocky season.
The sale completed on a valuation of about $213.2 million (£170million), according to The Athletic.
McConnell is a big Premier League fan and often wore a red Liverpool jersey around the practice facility and to games. He’s also seriously into wine and coffee.
We know coaching is in his future after he’s done playing, but so will be attending more soccer games in England.
McConnell, 31, is coming off a career season with the Pacers where he averaged 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game — while shooting 54.3% from the field and a career-high 44.1% from range.
After going undrafted in 2015, he has played eight seasons: four in Philadelphia and four in Indianapolis. He is under contract with the Pacers for two more seasons, earning a salary of $8.7 million for the 2023-24 season.
He is expecting his second child in the fall.
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