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July 23, 2021 | 2:01 pm EDT Update
Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf officially became owners of Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday after completing a sale — which includes the Lions, the Pride, Exploria Stadium and an academy system — from Flávio Augusto da Silva. Mark Wilf will assume the role of chairman and governor of the club. The purchase price was not disclosed, but reports from The Athletic place the transaction at $400 million to $450 million. The new ownership group includes a familiar name. The DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, have purchased a minority stake in the soccer club from the Wilfs.
As minority investors, the DeVos family will mainly fulfill an advisory role, providing insight and helping the Wilfs integrate into the Orlando community. They will not hold a voting position on the board and will not serve in a daily operational role. Both families hope the partnership will allow Orlando City and the Magic to collaborate in the future.
Rylan Stiles: Josh Giddey says he looked up to Luka, Ben Simmons, and Joe Ingles. Says teams will get an unselfish pass first guard if they draft Giddey. This is our second prospect to drop Ingles as a player they look up to.
Kyle Goon: Kai Jones tells NBA media that he had an interview with Rob Pelinka at the Combine, then it was followed up with a visit to the Lakers practice facility. He’s a Klutch client who has been training in the SoCal area.
July 23, 2021 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
Former Duke men’s basketball captain Amile Jefferson has been added to the staff as the team’s director of player development. “This is an honor to be back at Duke and I’m so grateful to Coach Krzyzewski for considering me for this opportunity,” said Jefferson. “I’d also like to thank Coach Scheyer for his help through the process and look forward to his leadership in the future.”