Mike Piazza Owns An Italian Soccer Team Now And He's Yellin' About The Rent

Mar 08, 2018 468

BY: Tom Ley

Baseball legend Mike Piazza purchased a lower-level soccer team in Italy last year. He became the majority shareholder of Reggiana FC, a Serie C (third division) team that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Piazza brought with him the promise of turning the club’s fortunes around, but there is one particular condition that is driving Piazza mad: the rent is too damn high.

Reggiana used to play in Serie A, Italy’s top division, but was relegated in 1997, just two years after opening a new stadium. Bankruptcy followed a few years later, and the club had to surrender the title to its stadium, which was sold at auction to the owner of Serie A team Sassuolo. Now, Reggiana has to pay rent to Sassuolo in order to play in a stadium it used to own itself. As the New York Times pointed out last year, this is a source of embarrassment for Reggiana and its fans.

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SOURCE: https://deadspin.com

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