As we continue awaiting further information on the ownership change at Real Salt Lake, I thought I’d start providing a weekly update on the comings and goings.
Of course, that won’t change our usual approach of covering news as it breaks, but this is our chance to talk through any of the latest news.
Right now, the news is — well, the news is that there is no news. Which is a bit weird.
We’re three weeks or thereabouts from Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith having been reported as touring the Utah Soccer facilities — nary a peep there. Rumors have gone largely quiet, though I heard an interesting (and somewhat troubling) one recently about another potential investor. We’ll see if anything materializes there — but rest assured, we’re paying attention.
The other parties who were rumored to be interested have also been quiet — the Larry H. Miller Group hasn’t provided an update of any sort (save the fact that we know John Kimball is leading the club on an interim basis) and we’ve heard nothing of the JJ Watt/Jozy Altidore interest.
A few interesting tweets that sort of tie the potentially interested parties together might be fun to speculate with, though. So let’s do it.
Here’s a tweet from JJ Watt, retweeted by Ryan Smith.
Started in the backyard... pic.twitter.com/PsjsdC7XbP— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 27, 2020
Most bad hiring decisions are becuse someone is in pain and they rush it.— Ryan Smith (@RyanQualtrics) September 22, 2020
Be patient, it's worth getting it right.
Will be easy to fill the suite with all the amazing companies in Utah. If @utahjazz can’t... Happy to take it over and give to underrepresented and minority groups this season. https://t.co/ROBi8mYZ3C— Ryan Smith (@RyanQualtrics) September 25, 2020
The latest on the publicly known contenders
- Ryan Smith, Qualtrics CEO and Utah-based billionaire: No update
- Larry H. Miller Group: No update
- Jozy Altidore: No update
- JJ Watt: No update