Rogers Might Sell Some of Its Blue Jays Stake

    • Rogers Communications is reportedly thinking about selling some of its stake in the Toronto Blue Jays.
    • The company purchased an 80% stake in the team in 2000.

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More than two decades after purchasing an 80% stake in the Toronto Blue Jays for $165 million, Rogers Communications is reportedly thinking about selling some of its share of the team and its stadium, the Rogers Centre.

The reports come after former chief financial officer Tony Staffieri became interim chief executive of Rogers last week — he’s been vocal about his plans to focus on paying down company debt. The team and its venue are worth an estimated $2 billion.

Rumors of a sale have come up numerous times from Staffieri, though in 2019, then-CEO Joe Natale said the company was committed to the team despite earnings hits.

There are reportedly a number of options for the sale:

  • Sell a minority stake in the club
  • Spin off the team
  • Sell “tracking shares” to raise money, similar to those of the Liberty Media-owned Atlanta Braves

Rogers also owns a 37.5% stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Argos, and Toronto FC. Earlier this year, Rogers announced plans to acquire Shaw Communications for roughly $16.02 billion.

Company chairman Edward Rogers could stick with the team, as he is reportedly a potential buyer. Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management are currently working on redeveloping the Rogers Centre.