Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils co-manager and co-owner David Blitzer has finalized his purchase of Real Salt Lake from Dell Loy Hansen, multiple sources told The Athletic.
The news was first reported on Wednesday by Sportico. The league announced the sale shortly after The Athletic released its report Wednesday afternoon, including the detail that Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith is involved with the group with Blitzer.
Athletic and Sportico reported in November that Blitzer was part of a group that was close to making a deal to buy RSL, which was put up for sale by Hansen in August 2020 after The Athletic published a story detailing allegations of his racist behavior as a landlord. At the time of the November report, Blitzer was not the main investor in the group that was in talks to buy RSL. That has changed over the past two months, with Blitzer now poised to become the club’s main investor and owner-manager.
As The Athletic reported shortly after Hansen put the team up for sale, Smith met with Hansen about a possible purchase of the team at the end of 2020, but he took a step back after having took over the Jazz from former owner Gail Miller.
In addition to being part owner of the NBA Sixers and NHL Devils, Blitzer has stakes in English Premier League club Crystal Palace, German Bundesliga club FC Augsburg, Belgian premier league team Waasland-Beveren. and the Dutch club ADO Den Haag through its company Bolt Football. Assets. Augsburg made a big leap into the world of American football earlier this week, when the club