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NHL allows private equity investment to enter league as teams end 2021 valued at over $27 billion

13 Jan 22

With the NHL opening up to private equity, NHL teams were collectively valued at over $27 billion at the end of 2021. Arctos Partners have already bought into the league with stakes in Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild.

The NHL’s rules on private equity investment allow funds to buy non-voting minority stakes in a maximum of five different teams (same as the NBA, and one more than MLS.) The maximum that a single fund can own in an NHL team is 20%, and no franchise can have more than 30% of its equity owned by investment funds, limits that are the same in the NBA and MLS. There is also a minimum investment of $20 million, a rule which applies to MLS as well.