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Why Liverpool Fans Shouldn’t Grumble That Red Sox Bought Carl Crawford


When news came a few days ago that the Red Sox signed former Tampa Bay Rays Left Fielder Carl Crawford for a seven year $142 Million dollar contract, some supporters of Liverpool were not very happy to hear that.

I’m dumbfounded to read about Liverpool supporters screaming for half of that amount that should be given to their club to purchase players during the winter transfer window. But what they don’t understand is very simple; the John Henry group has plenty of capital for both businesses. Their main business is baseball, but they won’t ignore the soccer business which is Liverpool. If they didn’t have the money to handle both clubs in two countries then I believe both someone else would have acquired Liverpool.

But if the Liverpool supporters feel slighted about this new contract for Carl Crawford, they should’ve heard what the Red Sox fans in Boston were saying when John Henry purchased Liverpool after the baseball season the Red Sox had last year. So in this situation both sides are not pleased. Red Sox fans are screaming “How can you buy Liverpool when you should be thinking of retooling the Red Sox for next year?” And of course the Liverpool supporters are yelling “It’s all very well spending all that money on a shortstop or whatever, but we haven’t had a decent left-back for 12 years.”

To all the Liverpool supporters in England would you please calm down? I am sure that whatever the New England Sports Ventures group does to get your club the proper footballers to strengthen your squad will happen. I understand how badly you want your club to get back to the top of the Premiership. Currently your side is ninth with twenty-two points, as well as first place in Group K in the Europa League. At least you have a strong future with your new owners as they will care a lot more than the Hicks-Gillette partnership that started badly and got worse very quickly.

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  1. soonerscotty

    December 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…
    So, the WSJ sending a reporter out onto Merseyside to ask folks about the Red Sox purchase does not translate to fans grumbling about Crawford.

    None, absolutely none, of the fan sites and forums I traffic have had any real mention of this (granted the ones I don’t traffic might be blowing up).

    Let’s not forget that NESV have a proven track record of each of their investments supporting themselves. They have never to date taken money from Red Sox to put into their racing operations or vice versa. So, there is no reason to think that Red Sox spending will have any impact on LFC. Could things change? Possibly but, until they do there is no reason for us to get up in arms because the Red Sox are strengthening their side…in fact, it should only encourage supporters that they will do the same thing at Anfield!!

    While I know we need to desperately pick up some quality players I sincerely hope they don’t give a big budget to Hodgson because I still have no faith in the man and don’t believe he’ll be in the L4 after May. Let’s save those funds for the new manager and he can have the players he wants over the summer.


  2. Jahoki

    December 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I’m not sure how you telling Liverpool fans that because NESV has funds that they should calm down. That is an incredibly weak argument. Just because an owner has funds, doesn’t mean that they are willing to open up their check book and start signing players.

    While I don’t agree that Liverpool fans are worried about this scenario, but I’m willing to play along for the sake of the argument. Let’s say LFC fans are troubled by this signing for the Red Sox, a more compelling reason for the fans to calm down is to understand the business model that NESV employs where each franchise relies on their own revenues to sustain the club. NESV did not open their own pockets to make this signing but rather they used the funds that the Red Sox franchise already had. Given the size of the baseball club, the acquisition of Crawford and Gonzalez is one well within their means.

    So what does this mean for Liverpool? Well NESV will simply use the funds that Liverpool generates and reinvest them into the club. NESV’s acquisition of the club eliminated a sizable debt which comes out to something like $45 million a year in debt payments. Then you can take into account to any player sales, general revenue, their Standard Charter sponsorship deal and now LFC is in a very healthy position to have something like $50-$60 million every summer.

    That to me would be a more compelling argument on why Liverpool fans shouldn’t grumble rather than just saying that their ownership group has the capital to manage both teams.

  3. El Jefe

    December 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    You actually only have half of this story. The reason it’s such a big deal in Boston is because two days prior they traded for San Diego 1B Adrian Gonzalez. They couldn’t get agree on a contract with him before the trade deadline, but since Henry and Epstein traded away three of their top prospects to acquire Gonzalez, they will sign him to a new contract.

    What’s this mean for LFC? Gonzalez will command at least 7 years and somewhere around $142-150 million. So, Henry and Co. basically invested in almost $300 million in just two players for the next 7 years. Now, they’re obviously smart people and have a plan for LFC, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be a bit nervous if I were a Liverpool fan.

  4. Liam

    December 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Ummm.. the majority of Liverpool fans aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. Baseball is a totally different sport and I realise that NESV didn’t finance the deal, Boston Red Sox did. Pointless article.

  5. SantaClaus

    December 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Liverpool fans don’t really care about the Red Sox. In baseball the club pays the wages over the period of the contract. In soccer the club has to pay an upfront transfer fee plus the wages over the period of the contract. So it’s not as if NESV is paying $142 million upfront.

    I wasn’t aware that Liverpool fans were upset with this. No mention of it on the Liverpool supporter’s forums. Don’t make something out of nothing.

  6. StevieG

    December 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

    You probably read the article in the Globe about LFC fans going mad over Alex Beams article and now think we start spouting off about everything. Hadnt even heard this story in any forums. And to be honest, who cares. The 2 teams are seperate and we’ll wait to see how FenwaySports spend their money on LFC. But when an idiot claims 96 tragic deaths are the result of a riot. Then you’ll hear us kick up a fuss.

  7. Zico

    December 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Carl Crawford? $142m contract??

    Thanks for letting us know. To be honest this wasn’t common knowledge with most Liverpool fans. But it is re-assuring to know that NESV has the financial muscle to invest in the right players. We will look forward to seeing how this manifests itself in the January transfer window, and also in the summer.

  8. SMC

    December 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Mate, no-one cares…

    The article you referenced is from the United States. So what is one or two twitter posts mention it? They clearly are just hoping for some investment in new players.

    YOU calm down.

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