Not that the 76ers are exactly on their way to a parade float anytime soon, but team-owner Joshua Harris appears poised to buy his third professional sports team, and second within a four month period.
As you’ll recall, in August Harris and his ownership group, much to the dismay of Philadelphia sports fans, purchased the New Jersey Devils. That was just two years after purchasing the Sixers. And now, regardless of that fact that he is still getting settled in with both of those teams, Daily Mail is reporting that Harris is in negotiations to add a third team to his collection
Investment banker Josh Harris is set to become the latest American sports franchise owner to buy into English football.
The 48-year-old billionaire, who owns basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers and ice hockey team New Jersey Devils, is said to be in detailed talks to purchase Charlton.
I found it puzzling that Harris would buy the Devils, considering that the 76ers and Flyers play in the same building, and the Devils and Flyers are divisional rivals. It might not have technically been a conflict of interest, but boy did it seem close. In the end though, it didn’t really bother me because their are tons of owners who own two different sports franchises. Not to mention, Philadelphia and the Meadowlands (where the Devils play) are only separated by a couple of hours.
This case is different though, because while the Devils and Sixers are only a few hours away, both teams are separated by an ocean from Charlton F.C.. I understand that in most cases Harris doesn’t necessarily need to be involved on the day-to-day operations of the Sixers, but I want to feel like he is putting everything into not only making the Sixers an elite team, but an elite franchise. And I think if he is giving time to now two other teams, he is only partially committed to doing that, because he is busy trying to make both the Devils and Charlton elite franchises as well.