The Pro 12 has declared its intention to break into the American market
IRFU’s CEO, Philip Browne revealed that the league was looking incorporate an American franchise
Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan are looking into the possibility of establishing two franchises in the country
The Rugby Paper has revealed American financiers, Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, are looking into the possibility of establishing two franchises in the country.
The duo are the current owners of Swansea City Football Club and are looking to take advantage of the Pro 12’s American proposal and branch into rugby.
Both Levien and Kaplan have already met with the Pro 12’s hierarchy and have held similar discussions with the Ospreys as to possible collaboration.
Although little else was reported, Levien and Kaplan have a background in investing in sport, having been involved in takeovers at Philadelphia 76ers, DC United, AC Milan, Memphis Grizzlies, and Minnesota Timberwolves.