Investors might turn their backs on British Championship and League One clubs if German ownership rule is changed

30 December 2019

SC Freiburg
Photo: Getty Images SC Freiburg are one of the clubs in the Bundesliga which could be interesting for a US-investor if German clubs get rid of the 50+1 rule that currently prevents foreign investors from taking power.

German clubs could decide to get rid of the 50+1 rule that currently prevents foreign investors from taking power.

"A really interesting prospect," says experienced M&A lawyer from the US. 

With its shining fan culture, even if the 50+1 rule persists, US investors might still want to tap into German football.

The lower valuations of German clubs will also attract foreign investors.

Jonathan Dyson dyson@offthepitch.com

Amid growing speculation that the Bundesliga’s 50+1 rule is under threat, a leading figure in the US sports investment sector has told offthepitch.com that the prospect of the rule being altered could attract an increased volume of investment from the US into the German top flight.
 
Talk is growing in Germany that the 50+1 rule, which states that over half of a Bundesliga club must be owned by members, may be changed or even abandoned altogether. 
 

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