West Ham United
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
Werder Bremen
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
VfB Stuttgart
Borussia Dortmund
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
8:00 PM UTC
Game Details
AS Monaco
8:00 PM UTC
Game Details
St Malo
GFC Ajaccio
8:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Universidad de Chile
River Plate
10:30 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 2
Game Details
Caracas F.C.
12:45 AM UTC Feb 10, 2016
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
1:00 AM UTC Feb 10, 2016
Game Details

LeBron James joins Liverpool

United States basketball star LeBron James has become a minority stakeholder in Liverpool after signing a representation deal with club owners Fenway Sports Group.

The Wall Street Journal claims that FSG has struck a deal to partner the Miami Heat player's sports-marketing firm, LRMR Branding & Marketing, to become his exclusive worldwide representative.

The newspaper said Maverick Carter, chief executive of LRMR, had expressed his desire to build James' portfolio internationally and find opportunities for him to gain equity in companies throughout the world as his commercial interests have largely been limited to sponsorship and endorsement deals.

The report also said James received an undisclosed minority stake in Liverpool as part of the deal.

''We're not interested in talent or athlete representation but we think he is one of the most remarkable athletes of his time,'' FSG - and Liverpool - chairman Tom Werner told the paper. ''We believe we can open doors for LeBron and LeBron can open doors for us.

''Without purchasing Liverpool, we never would have been able to have this conversation.''

James, 26, said: ''The first time I stepped on an NBA court I became a businessman. This is a great opportunity for me.''

Referring to Liverpool's title honours James added: ''Eighteen championships. I see myself trying to do the same things they have.''

James is also going into business with the Boston Red Sox, as FSG is also the parent company of the Red Sox and a co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing.

"What FSM does for Roush Fenway, Liverpool and the Red Sox, we will now do for LeBron James," Fenway Sports Marketing (a sister company of FSG) president Sam Kennedy said. "We will aggressively pursue business opportunities for him.

"We are fortunate to have blue-chip brands like the Red Sox, Liverpool and Roush Fenway. This represents the next step in our evolution, to represent one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet."


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.