In a surprise announcement, Seattle Sounders FC announced this morning that 11 new families, including executives current and former Microsoft, would join the ownership of the group club. Former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife lead the group of new investors that also includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his wife, CFO Amy Hood and her husband, as well as CVP of Experiences and Devices Joe Belfiore and his wife.
The 11 new families also include celebrities with direct links to Seattle, such as musicians Ciara and Macklemore, the six-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and other veterans of technology and media, including the former Pandora executive, aQuantive, Microsoft and ABC Sports, Brian McAndrews and his wife and former Microsoft executive Soma Somasegar and his wife. You can check the complete list of the new Sounders FC investor group in the press release.
Terry Myerson, who is described in the announcement as the "driving force" behind this new group of Investors wrote a long blog post on LinkedIn to explain why the Football club could be a great investment opportunity for your family, Microsoft colleagues and other personalities who share a deep love for Seattle.
I am honored to be part of this. club, with its great heritage and much future potential as a pillar of our great city of Seattle. Football has a lot to offer us all: lessons of teamwork, perseverance and hard work, and the opportunity for children, whole families and friends to join in all areas of life and in all generations. I look forward to the day we bring our next championship home in Seattle, bringing together our entire Seattle community for a shared moment of pride and celebration.
Sounders FC had some existing ties with Microsoft, as Xbox used to be a sponsor of shirts for the club until January 2019, when it was replaced by online retailer Zulily. What's new today is an important new milestone in the club’s 45-year history, and the founder of Sounders FC, Joe Roth, also announced his departure from the club today.
Sounders FC was born here in Seattle, and for over 40 years, the club has forged a significant legacy that is deep and powerful, "said Adrian Hanauer, owner of the majority of Sounders FC." Today's news. they are a testament to what our community has accomplished, as 11 new families have joined the broader Sounders family as fans and invested stewards of our club. "
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