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Ownership Watch: Does Ryan Smith’s Utah Jazz purchase impact RSL option?

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Well, the world keeps spinning, and while if it ever does stop, we’ll probably be launched into space and all die a horrific death, it makes me wonder what happens if things speed up just a little too much.

All that to say: Ryan Smith is buying the Utah Jazz.

I know, I know. We’re not SLC Dunk, our SB Nation compatriots covering the Jazz.

But this has a very obvious wrinkle that could impact Real Salt Lake significantly — or maybe it won’t. See, Ryan Smith has been interested in buying RSL.

Nobody thought he was going to buy the Jazz. I mean, maybe somebody did — I don’t know. I didn’t, though. This is a surprising move that came pretty much out of nowhere.

It makes me wonder: Does Ryan Smith still want to buy Real Salt Lake?

There were, of course, plenty of rumors that RSL could be sold to the Miller Group, who owned the Jazz. But, uh, yeah. That’s clearly not going to happen now. (Unless they, for some reason, use that money to buy RSL, which ... well, that would be a weird move.)

Anyway, all this is to say that I have no idea what’s going to happen with this RSL move, but I do know two things: First, I wouldn’t rule anything out at this point. Smith is flush with cash. Second, RSL’s interim president is now, I guess, an employee of an interested party, which — well, I guess that’s how it was before, so not much has changed there.

Anyway, yeah. Let’s keep our ears open, shall we?