Washington. Erick Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate and part-owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, is the new majority investor for Major League Soccer’s D.C, United, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
In a posting on the newspaper’s website, the Post reported the team will announce on Tuesday that Thohir, the first Asian part-owner of an NBA club, is United’s new main investor.
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ESPN had reported that another 76ers part-owner, former agent and Sacramento Kings executive Jason Levien, will join Thohir as an investor in United, which has been backed the past three years by Will Chang, who will keep a stake in the team.
Kevin Payne, who has been president of the club since it launched along with MLS in 1996, is expected to remain in control of the team’s basic operations, according to the report.
Thohir owns newspapers, television stations and radio stations as well as magazines in Indonesia, where he also has a financial stake in basketball. (See: Indonesian Media Manager a Man On a Mission)