Recent weeks have seen sports persons and celebrities making low profile announcements about which club they are associated with in the upcoming football league. But the ownership patterns were never clear. Do they own partly or wholly the teams or are they merely endorsing it?
Adding fresh intrigue to the issue was Salman Khan who was said to be a co owner of the Pune franchise. But on Wednesday the actor tweeted that he does not own any team.
He admitted his friends Dheeraj and Kapil Wadhawan had invited him but he declined saying his endorsement contracts were in conflict with those of the league. Pune has now announced that Hrithik Roshan will be their co owner. However sources in the know insist that involvement of most of these celebrities is restricted to extending their image rights to the teams and have no direct investments.
Announcing his partnership Hrithik Roshan said, “I am honored to be associated with the Indian Super League (ISL) which represents India’s first effort at professional football. It is definitely the next big sporting brand in our country and will give young football talent a solid platform. I hope my partnership with FC Pune City adds further strength to the team and star players’ football expertise.”