After taking Wrexham FC to new heights, it seems Ryan Reynolds might have a brand new sporting enterprise on the horizon – this time in Canada.
The Deadpool star, alongside his enterprise companion and It is At all times Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney, took over the Welsh soccer membership final yr, and got it promoted to the Football League after a 15-year absence at their first time of asking.
However now, in keeping with the Ottawa Solar, Reynolds, alongside different enterprise magnates, has joined a bunch with the intention of shopping for the Ottawa Senators, a Nationwide Hockey League (NHL) franchise within the metropolis.
The membership’s former proprietor, Eugene Melnyk, handed away in March 2022, together with his property trying to promote up.
If the Remington Group, which incorporates Reynolds, goes by means of, it’s set to make the hockey workforce the primary within the high league to be value greater than $1bn (£800m).
The Ottawa Solar reported, that if Reynolds’ bid is the winner, he would construct a brand new stadium for the workforce within the metropolis’s downtown space, which might additionally embrace a brand new leisure district round it, whereas redeveloping the positioning the place its present stadium is.
The group has reportedly already met with officers to debate the ins and outs of the membership, with the paper including the actor is eager to come back to a deal shortly.
Different bidders embrace actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson and movie producer Neko Sparks, who’ve additionally reportedly joined as much as entrance a bid to the tune of $950m within the first spherical of bidding.
Ought to they achieve success, it will make the workforce the primary within the NHL to be owned by a black particular person.
Each teams, amongst others, are anticipated to be a part of the ultimate group of bidders.
Sky Information has reached out to Reynolds’ reps for remark.
‘It’s important to… develop that group’
Reynolds, a Vancouver native, could be trying to construct on the success he has seen with Wrexham FC.
Chatting with MSNBC, Sky’s US companion community, final week, Reynolds mentioned: “I wasn’t an skilled in, I am going to name it soccer for our American viewers, however I’ve adopted it as soccer and rightfully so.
“It’s important to go hand-in-hand, group and membership.
“The factor I believe we did do nicely with Wrexham FC is… We do not have a big moat round us of publicists, attorneys and different personnel. We’re fairly accessible and accountable to each the group and the membership.
“If you are going to develop the membership, it’s a must to be in tandem and be capable of develop that group.”
Reynolds and McElhenney set Wrexham followers’ pulses racing within the week after they suggested the club could signal the newly retired Gareth Bale – Wales’ talismanic former captain.
Bale, nonetheless, mentioned the prospect was unlikely.