Boston-based Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who own several other sports teams including the Boston Red Sox baseball team, the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey franchise and RFK Racing in NASCAR are reportedly set to sell of their franchise teams, the Salem Red Sox, which is a Minor League team associated to the Boston Red Sox.
The news was reported by Jon Couture writing for The Boston Globe. FSG first acquired the Salem team in 2007 and play in the Carolina League. Salem Red Sox are set to continue as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox despite being taken over by new ownership.
Concerning the new ownership of the Salem team, Couture writes;
“FSG intends to sell the team to the rapidly expanding Diamond Baseball Holdings. Salem would be DBH’s 16th minor-league franchise across all levels, a group which includes the Double A Portland Sea Dogs, whom Diamond bought in December.
Salem is the third franchise Diamond has agreed to purchase this month, along with the St. Paul (Minn.) Saints and Lansing (Mich.) Lugnuts”.
Despite several reports in the winter that claimed FSG were considering putting Liverpool up for sale, FSG Principal Owner John Henry refuted the rumours last month.