SRU Invest In MLR Franchise Old Glory DC

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28 March 2019

Scottish Rugby has invested in the future of US rugby by becoming a minority shareholder in MLR franchise Old Glory DC, based in Washington. It has been reported that the SRU will pay OG DC between $500k and $700k (£380k to £530k) in instalments over a number of seasons for a 20% stake. The club is scheduled to enter an expanded 12-team MLR competition from February 2020, the league’s third season in existence.

Scottish will also provide a combination of financial and rugby support to the new team and see its COO, Dominic McKay sit on the franchise board.

The strategic partnership was born out of conversations in the US market around expanding the PRO14, and Scottish Rugby’s board has taken the decision to align with MLR at the start.

Washington is one of America’s rugby hotbeds, with the D.C area boasting 190 clubs and 7,500 players at school, college and club levels.

Overall, the demographics of the market offer great economic potential, with Greater Washington alone including more than 8.5 million residents and rated the 3rd largest media market in the U.S.

The Washington franchise has been developed and is led by former USA Eagles player Paul Sheehy, an owner of Sheehy Auto Stores and prominent local businessman Chris Dunlavey, president of project manager firm Brailsford & Dunlavey. Both are long-term sponsors, coaches and supporters of rugby in the area.

Scottish Rugby have been considering investment in London Scottish, Newcastle and Worcester in

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