Whitman joins Sacramento MLS expansion bid

From FOX Sports - December 6, 2017

NEW YORK (AP)Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., joined the bid of Sacramento, California, for a Major League Soccer franchise on Wednesday as the four finalists made presentations to the leagues expansion committee.

Sacramento and Nashville, Tennessee, are considered the favorites to be awarded teams next month. Cincinnati and Detroit also are bidding.

Each group presented their vision for their club, a detailed stadium plan and an overview of their market, the league said in a statement.

Sacramentos bid includes Kevin Nagle, a minority owner of the NBAs Sacramento Kings, and Jed York, CEO of the NFLs San Francisco 49ers. The group said in July it was starting pre-construction activity for a 19,621-seat downtown stadium.

The committee asked very tough questions, and well come back with all the answers, Nagle said. We never take anything for granted.

Nashvilles group includes John Ingram, the chairman of Ingram Industries Inc., and the Wilf family, owner of the NFLs Minnesota Vikings. The Metro Nashville City Council on Nov. 7 approved $225 million in revenue bonds to construct a 27,500-seat soccer stadium and an additional $50 million in bonds for renovations and improvements around the site at the current fairgrounds.


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