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United Sold; New Focus on Stadium
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Acquisitions & mergers; Professional soccer
Author: Steven Goff and David Nakamura - Washington Post Staff Writers
Date: Jan 6, 2007
Start Page: E.1
Section: SPORTS

Victor MacFarlane, who heads the largest minority-owned real estate management firm in the country, will lead the group. He will be joined by [Brian Davis], a Bladensburg High graduate, and Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks. The group will pay Anschutz Entertainment Group, the MLS team's operator the past five years, an estimated $33 million.

MacFarlane, 55, owns 25 percent of the Southeast Federal Center project near the new Nationals stadium. He was involved in a failed attempt by a group of developers to build a mix of condominiums, shops and restaurants, along with parking garages, next to the new baseball stadium. Under that proposal, MacFarlane and local developer Herbert S. Miller had pledged to invest money from the California Public Employees' Retirement System to build the mixed- use development. However, the deal fell through when MacFarlane and Miller failed to reach agreement with District government officials. Miller is not a partner in the soccer deal.

Unlike MacFarlane and Davis, Hendricks has a soccer background. In 2001, he founded the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003. With a new women's league planning to launch within two years, Hendricks could end up overseeing a local team that would share a stadium with United.

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