Parker wants to remain president of Asvel until 2030

By Le Figaro with AFP



Tony Parker hopes to win the Euroleague with Asvel before 2030. Frederic Chambert / PANORAMIC

The former leader, just inducted into the Hall of Fame, said on Sunday that he wanted to remain majority shareholder of Villeurbanne with the objective of winning the Euroleague before 2030.

The President of Villeurbanne, Tony Parkerindicated on Sunday that he had guaranteed to his co-shareholders that he wanted to stay “majority and president of the club until 2030“, with the hope of “win the Euroleagueby then, and announced the arrival of an important partner.

Yes, I would like to win the Euroleague one day. I never hid it. I had a big meeting with my shareholders and I guaranteed them that I would remain majority and president of the club until 2030. So I hope that we will do it before 2030“, he confided to the regional daily Le Progrès.

No share exchange

President since 2014 of the reigning French champion club, Tony Parker announced on February 17 his intention to exchange his shares “Asvelagainst Smart Good Things securities, a company of which he is deputy general manager and director and of which he would have become the second largest shareholder behind the Franco-Israeli businessman Serge Bueno.

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Parker’s stated objective was to allow Asvel to increase its budget to 25 million euros for boys (against 18 million this season) and 15 million euros for the women’s team.

However, OL Groupe, shareholder with 33.33%, and LDLC, also in the capital, title partner of the Villeurbannaise team and namer of the future Arena of Décines-Charpieu, were in particular opposed to this takeover of Serge Bueno.

A new “powerful” partner

In the end, Smart Good Things will disappear and will be replaced by a powerful partner, who will not enter the capital, with the prospect of an increase in the club’s budget, Tony Parker also announcing “a fundraiser with (its) shareholders of the moment thanks to an upward participationof each of them.

I can’t say the name of the new sponsor but we signed for three years and it’s the biggest contract we’ve ever had for Asvel since I became president.“, he said.

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The four-time NBA champion, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, said that American John Textor, owner of OL Groupewould like “extend its role as an ambador for Olympique Lyonnais, particularly in its development in the United Statesand would like him back on the board. Tony Parker came out of it when the football club was sold in December.

Penalized Thursday by the withdrawal of two victories and a fine of 100,000 euros for not having sent documents on the contracts of two players, Asvel Villeurbanne, which receives Roanne on Sunday (5:00 p.m.), is 7th in the French elite championship . He also occupies the 18th and last place in the Euroleague (8 wins for 24 losses).

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