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 accomplice and It is All the time Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney, took over the Welsh soccer membership final 12 months, and got it promoted to the Football League after a 15-year absence at their first time of asking.
However now, in line with the Ottawa Solar, Reynolds, alongside different enterprise magnates, has joined a gaggle 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, along with his property seeking to promote up.
If the Remington Group, which incorporates Reynolds, goes by means of, it’s set to make the hockey crew 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 crew within the metropolis’s downtown space, which might additionally embrace a brand new leisure district round it, whereas redeveloping the location 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 return 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 might make the crew 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.
‘You need to… develop that neighborhood’
Reynolds, a Vancouver native, could be seeking to construct on the success he has seen with Wrexham FC.
Talking to MSNBC, Sky’s US accomplice community, final week, Reynolds mentioned: “I wasn’t an skilled in, I will name it soccer for our American viewers, however I’ve adopted it as soccer and rightfully so.
“You need to go hand-in-hand, neighborhood and membership.
“The factor I feel we did do nicely with Wrexham FC is… We do not have a big moat round us of publicists, legal professionals and different personnel. We’re fairly accessible and accountable to each the neighborhood and the membership.
“If you are going to develop the membership, it’s a must to be in tandem and be capable to develop that neighborhood.”
Reynolds and McElhenney set Wrexham followers’ pulses racing within the week once they suggested the club could signal the newly retired Gareth Bale – Wales’ talismanic former captain.
Bale, nevertheless, mentioned the prospect was unlikely.