Erick Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate and part-owner of the
NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, is the new majority investor for Major
League Soccer's DC United, the Washington Post reported on
In a posting on the newspaper's website, the Post reported the
team will announce on Tuesday that Thohir, the first Asian
part-owner of an NBA club, is United's new main investor.
ESPN had reported that another 76ers part-owner, former agent and
Sacramento Kings executive Jason Levien, will join Thohir as an
investor in United, which has been backed the past three years by
Will Chang, who will keep a stake in the team.
Kevin Payne, who has been president of the club since it launched
along with MLS in 1996, is expected to remain in control of the
team's basic operations, according to the report.
Thohir owns newspapers, television stations and radio stations as
well as magazines in Indonesia, where he also has a financial
stake in basketball.