Sources: David Blitzer to have last word on top RSL matters

Blitzer (r) is described as the type of owner who is engaged but not overbearing and provides the necessary resources for his teamsREAL SALT LAKE

The exact split between the respective shares of Real Salt Lake co-Owners David Blitzer, Ryan Smith and Arctos Sports Partners "isn't known," but Blitzer "will have final say on important club decisions," according to sources cited by Sam Stejskal of THE ATHLETIC. It is believed that this is the "first time the New Jersey native has been confirmed as the final decision maker at any of his various teams." Stejskal: "How will he use that power? Only time will tell ... but his own comments, the league's expectations and accounts from sources who have experience working at other teams in Blitzer's sports portfolio paint a picture of an engaged, reasonable, composed and solidly ambitious owner." Sources characterized Blitzer as the type of owner who is "engaged but not overbearing, the sort who provides the necessary resources for his teams to succeed, then mostly stays out of the way and lets the people he hired do their thing." Partnering with Smith helped "push Blitzer to pull the trigger on this transaction." One source said that Blitzer is "'very knowledgeable' about soccer, but typically approaches his teams 'from the perspective of a billionaire who is making an investment in a sports team, as opposed to a sports fan who happens to have some money.'" While a source "didn't think RSL will be at the top of the league in spending," they do "feel that Blitzer will likely join the group of aggressive MLS owners pushing for the league to loosen its roster restrictions" (, 1/12).

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