New Royals ownership group includes familiar names such as KC native and actor Eric Stonestreet

MLB Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — On the same day the Kansas City Royals introduced the franchise’s controlling owner local businessman John Sherman during a news conference at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday, they also released the list of everyone in the ownership group that also owns a portion of the franchise.

Actor and Kansas City native Eric Stonestreet, who is known for consistently supporting the Royals, is on that lengthy list.

The others include:

  • Brooks Sherman Knothole Sports, LLC
  • Paul Edgerley Co-Founder/Managing Director
  • VantEdge Partners
  • Bill Gautreaux Managing Partner, MLP Holdings
  • Carl Hughes Hughes Sports, LLC
  • Terry Matlack Co-Founder/Managing Director, VantEdge Partners PJM Baseball, LLC
  • The Dunn Family and JE Dunn
  • The Lockton Family
  • Michael Haverty The Michael and Marlys
  • Haverty Family
  • Seventh Inning Stretch, LP
  • Peter and Veronica Mallouk President, Creative Planning
  • Rob Kaplan Business Leader/Venture Philanthropist
  • PlayBallKC LLC
  • Alan Atterbury, Blue Note, LLC
  • J.B. Hebenstreit, Don Wagner
  • Mariner Kemper UMB Financial Corporation, along w/the Kemper Family
  • Kent McCarthy President and Founder, Jayhawk Capital Management
  • Jay A. Pack President, Pack Family Partnership Dan Dees Co-Head of Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Mark Demetree Chairman, MCD Investments LLC

Last week MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed league owners unanimously approved the sale of the Kansas City Royals to local businessman John Sherman and these co-investors.

The ownership group will be the third owner of the Royals since they were formed in 1969 when Ewing Kauffman brought the team back to KC.

In August David Glass released the following statement after news broke of the sale. It said, in part: “The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family. Our goal, which I firmly believe we’ve achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward.”

“In John Sherman, we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership of this franchise.”

Read Glass’ full statement below:

“I am enormously grateful to David and the Glass Family for this extraordinary opportunity,” Sherman said, “and am humbled by the chance to team up with a distinguished group of local investors to carry forward and build on this rich Kansas City Royals legacy.”

“Our goal will be threefold: to compete for a championship on behalf of our fans; to honor their passion, their experience and their unwavering commitment; and to carry their hopes and dreams forward in this great Kansas City region we all love — for decades to come.”

David Glass, former Royals owner.

Glass purchased the Royals in 2000 for $96 million. USA Today reports he sold the club for $1 billion, though the Royals have not confirmed that.

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