Bridgepoint 'approach' The FA over WSL minority stake

20 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Private equity firm Bridgepoint is seeking to acquire a minority stake in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL), according to reports from Sky News and The Times.

The reports say Bridgepoint has 'approached' The FA with an offer to buy a minority stake in a new company, set up to own the commercial rights of the WSL.

The London-based private equity firm has a long-standing interest in sport, with ownership of sports management, marketing, and media company Dorna, which is the commercial rights holder of MotoGP and World Superbikes.

According to the reports, the WSL’s 12 member clubs would each own a stake in the new company as part of the proposals, and that each club has been briefed.

Premier League CEO Richard Masters confirmed to a House of Commons Select Committee in June that the league would like to be involved with the WSL, and that it planned to return to talks with The FA.

However, a report in The Guardian in July suggested a majority of WSL clubs would prefer to be independently run, rather than being taken over by the Premier League.