RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK OWNER MAKES MONUMENTAL MOVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK (April 1, 2019)- New York’s professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York, continued to make headlines over the weekend. As the team travelled to San Antonio, Texas for a match against the Austin Elite, RUNY Chairman and Owner, James Kennedy, was stuck in negotiations in Auckland, New Zealand.
The New Zealand All Blacks, the powerhouse Southern Hemisphere national team, have purchased majority ownership of the club from the owner and founder. The terms of the deal are undisclosed, however there have been rumors swirling that the price tag for the blossoming franchise was north of the 8-figure mark. The deal is effective immediately.
The deal took Pierre Arnald, Chief Executive Officer of the organization, by surprise. In a stunningly unprofessional manner, Kennedy informed him of the sale through an unconventional medium- a selfie with All Blacks’ Head Coach Steve Hansen. The caption reportedly read “I’m out. *Peace sign emoji*”
“It was rather shocking,” Arnald told us. “A heads up would have been appreciated. He told me he was going to his home in up-state New York for the weekend.”
Kennedy was unavailable for comment, and has seemingly been off the grid since various New Zealand paparazzi members caught pictures of him boarding a private jet at the Auckland Airport.
“To be clear, this is not James Kennedy selling out,” the ex-owner’s publicist, hired two hours ago, said. “We have no other comment at this time.”
We’re just kidding. Kennedy is still here, working hard to get you guys, our fans, the best product possible. Support your Roosters and buy tickets here today. BIG GAME against the San Diego Legion on Sunday, April 14th.
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About Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule will take place in 2019. When they officially join the league, RUNY’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.
About Major League Rugby
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit usmlr.com.
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