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Major league investors: Private equity’s pro sports ties

PE has emerged as a major financier of major league sports. We mapped every connection between buyout firms and pro sports teams.

Private equity sports investment is on the rise. As leagues have eased ownership rules, dealmakers spy opportunities to gain outsized returns and cultural influence.

It’s no wonder why: US sports teams’ valuations have grown faster than the S&P 500 in recent decades, prompting firms like Arctos Sports Partners and Redbird Capital Partners to amass portfolios of minority stakes in teams.

This dashboard tracks every connection between North American men’s pro sports teams and PE firms and partners. The NFL wasn’t included because it doesn’t allow PE ownership. Did we miss something? Send feedback.

 

Jessica Hamlin, Jacob Robbins and Emily Burleson contributed to the reporting for this piece.

Update April 5, 2024: The valuations for MLB and MLS teams have been updated to reflect the latest numbers.

Featured image by Mara Potter/PitchBook News

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