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Crystal Palace, Lyon Backer Seeking $200M in Funding

  • Eagle Football Holdings has a multiclub portfolio including Crystal Palace.
  • The group is looking to raise new investment money.
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Olympique Lyonnais

One of the backers of a Premier League club is exploring a major capital raise.

Eagle Football Holdings, which has a 40% stake in Crystal Palace, is considering raising $200 million and taking the company public, according to Bloomberg. There’s no timeline for when either could happen.

Led by American businessman John Textor, Eagle Football Holdings has a multiclub portfolio that also includes French club Lyon, Brazilian side Botafogo, NWSL club OL Reign, and Belgian side RWD Molenbeek. 

Last month, Textor was reportedly looking to raise $300 million for Lyon in order to aid various club projects in France. Earlier this year, reports had surfaced that Textor was exploring taking Lyon public via a SPAC merger at a $1.2 billion valuation, but those plans haven’t materialized.

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Soccer clubs worldwide are embracing institutional investors as the costs of operating business in professional sports continue to increase.

Chelsea just raised $500 million from investment firm Ares Management, Liverpool just sold a $200 million stake to New York-based private equity firm Dynasty Equity, and Everton was seeking a capital raise of nearly $200 million before eventually being sold to Florida-based 777 Partners for nearly $700 million.

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