Real Salt Lake's future remains in state of flux without owner

Real Salt Lake's last year has "affected all parts of the organization and fan base," and with no owner, the future of the team remains "in state of flux -- with no official end in sight," according to Alex Vejar of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. It has been a year since former RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen "decided to sell the franchise and its facilities after allegations of racism, sexism and contributing to a toxic workplace emerged." In the days, weeks and months that followed, names that have "emerged as having interest in buying the team" are Jazz Owner Ryan Smith, Cardinals DE J.J. Watt, Toronto FC F Jozy Altidore, owners of Powdr Corp., and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-Owner David Blitzer. RSL is still above the playoff line at seventh place in the Western Conference, but fans remain "anxious about the fact that no one has yet emerged to buy RSL and steer it in the right direction." The "general feeling" was when MLS took over the sale from Hansen in January, the process would "be much faster." MLS Commissioner Don Garber in April said that he was "optimistic the sale would get done by the end of 2021." When asked recently, RSL Interim President John Kimball "agreed with Garber’s timeline for a sale." Garber and Kimball have both said in the past that "the team will not move out of Utah," and there is "no current indication that that sentiment has changed" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 9/6).

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