Former NBA point guard and well-known soccer fan, Steve Nash, along with Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and Andy Kohlberg have bought a controlling stake in Real Mallorca. The Spanish Segunda Division side have struggled with financial issues in recent years under outgoing owner Utz Claassen.
The Palma based club played 16 consecutive seasons in Spain’s top division, La Liga, until it was relegated to the Segunda Division in 2013. ‘Los Bermellones (The Vermilions)’ are currently in 18th place in the 22 team division.
The group of investors under the name Liga ACQ Legacy Partners bought their share for $21.5 million. Sarver, who owns a share of the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, has been looking to invest in European football the last couple of years. He was connected with bids for Scottish club Rangers and La Liga clubs Getafe and Levante.
Spanish media are claiming Nash will have a day-to-day role with the club with rumors hinting that his friend Steve McManaman could become involved as well.
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