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Senators: it’s The Weeknd’s turn to become an owner

The Senators’ sale has been the talk of the town for several months now. Following the death of Eugene Melnyk, the team is looking for a new full-time owner, and there are many interested parties.

What we’ve noticed is that several stars are among those who want a piece of the action. It all started when Ryan Reynolds said last November that he wanted to join a group of buyers. Then Snoop Dogg added his name to the list recently, as part of another group.

And now, The Weeknd has announced that he wants to become the owner of the Ottawa band. Bruce Garrioch has the scoop.

The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, is one of the most popular music artists in the world today. He is the most listened-to artist currently on the Spotify platform and has been seen performing the half-time show at the Super Bowl in 2021.

Clearly, when it comes to popularity, it’s hard to beat him as a musical artist.

The artist is part of a group led by Toronto billionaires Jeffrey and Michael Kimel, who want to acquire the team. He’s a Toronto native himself, born of immigrant parents from Ethiopia. Unlike a guy like Snoop Dogg, for example, he at least has the advantage of being a local.

So that means Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg and The Weeknd are all part of the process, and part of three different groups. Chances are therefore relatively good that one of the three will become the club’s owner (in a minority capacity, of course).

Recall that the club is expected to be sold for a rather titanic price. We know there’s at least one bid in excess of $1 billion, and it’s far from impossible that other offers in the same price range will be made.

We’ll have to keep an eye on it, but it’s looking increasingly likely that a celebrity will be part of the group that acquires the Senators. Will it be Ryan Reynolds? Snoop Dogg? The Weeknd? Some other star whose identity we don’t yet know? The answer, we hope, will come sooner rather than later.

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– Wow.

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– Erik Gustafsson looks set to play tomorrow.

– Hurricanes updates.

– Good news for the Kraken.

– The only thing is, the Raptors probably never would have won without Kawhi Leonard. My text on the subject.

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