The popular English soccer team, Aston Villa has recently found itself out of the top flight of the game but could see a return with the arrival of new owners. In the Summer of 2018, Fortress Investments co-founder Wes Edens partnered with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris to purchase a controlling 55 percent interest in the historic club. Edens is a sports fan of excellent standing with the NBA and other sporting bodies who has built a reputation for success among the fans of the Milwaukee Bucks since taking control of franchise in 2014.
One of the main concerns for the University of Oregon graduate has been to respect the traditions of the NBA franchise and maintain these as the team moves into the future. Wes Edens was intent on explaining to the fanbase of the Bucks at the time of purchase that he had no interest in moving the team to a new TV market. The chance to increase the amount of money on offer for a franchise is often the reason for a purchase to be made, but Edens has made it clear his love of sports drives his ambition.
Much like the Bucks, Aston Villa is known as a sleeping giant of English soccer and has a history dating back to the inaugural Football League competition in 1888. Under the leadership of Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, the club is hoping to return to the Premier League competition they were relegated from at the close of the 2015-16 season.
Much like the Bucks franchise, the arrival of Wes Edens comes at a time of concern for Aston Villa fans who have become concerned about their team after a period of neglect by previous owners. Just four years after the arrival of Wes Edens in Milwaukee, the Bucks are prospering in a new arena promised by Edens and completed as the first phase of a regeneration of Milwaukee’s Entertainment District.
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