Real Salt Lake announced that owner Dave Checketts has sold his interest in Real Salt Lake to the team’s minority owner Dell Loy Hansen. Checketts originally brought soccer to Utah in 2004, when RSL was named the league's 12th team. Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter
Hansen has been RSL's minority owner since November 2009, when he purchased 49 percent of Checketts’ SCP Worldwide’s sports properties, which includes RSL, Rio Tinto Stadium, and local radio station ESPN 700.
“Just over three years ago, I was very proud to join Dave Checketts in the world of Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer,” Hansen said. “Today, the chance to further deepen my participation in the growth of professional soccer in North America is incredibly exciting."
Hansen is a lifelong Utah resident. He founded Wasatch Property Management, Inc. in 1988, which boasts a real estate portfolio in excess of $1.2 billion.
“The last eight years have been a labor of love,” Checketts said.
“Real Salt Lake has become much more than a soccer team, and Rio Tinto Stadium much more than a venue. Each has become integrally woven into the fabric of this community and become beloved assets to the people here. It is a legacy that I will forever take pride in, and I am happy to leave it in local hands."
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