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When a sports team of any kind is featured in a business magazine, it’s news.  This time it is an underdog Spanish soccer team in BusinessWeek.  It’s one for all us tea party, conservative, libertarians to root for:  SD Eibar Armeros (Gunsmiths – yes that’s right – Gunmakers – they have a wonderfully politically incorrect name that honors those who keep our Second Amendment rights available!)

Here is the BusinessWeek story with a brief introduction:

The greatest story in European soccer this summer has nothing to do with Nike (NKE), toothy Uruguayans, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Saudi billionaires. It involves a bunch of gunsmiths from a tiny town in northern Spain: the SD Eibar “Gunsmiths” (Armeros), to be specific—a soccer team.

For a long time, they were tradesmen as well as soccer players. Today they stick to the soccer, and to the delight of Eibar’s 27,000 or so residents, they’re actually quite good. Good enough, in fact, to scrape their way into Spain’s top league—La Liga—for the first time in the club’s 74-year history.

So through hard work and ability, this small town team has arisen to the top soccer league.  (The soccer teams in some nations rise or fall as high as the national major league based on performance.  The British Premier League does the same thing.)  They get to play teams that spend more on one player than Eibar’s entire team (emphasis mine).

Though Eibar raised the cash it needed to lift its head above the financial bar imposed by the league, it’s still dwarfed by almost all its fellow La Liga clubs.

Eibar’s budget for the season is around the same as Barcelona star Lionel Messi will earn in wages over the same period.

That’s partly because Spanish clubs are allowed to sell its television rights independently, meaning the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona could command four times the amount that Eibar can muster.

But their rise to the top was imperiled by financial needs.  The team needed to have reserves of just over two million dollars.  So how did Eibar, a town in the Basque region of Spain, raise the money?  They called for investors:

The club refused to borrow funds, so it took a page out of the Green Bay Packers playbook and sold shares. To keep an NFL billionaire or a Middle Eastern prince from simply snapping up the whole squad, SD Eibar capped investments at $100,000.

Money poured in from all over the world, thanks to the feel-good story and a publicity push from famous former Eibar players such as Manchester City’s David Silva and Xabi Alonso, who will play against Eibar later this year.

The little gunmakers that could did it!  (I wonder if I can buy shares!)  And they won their first La Liga game against Real Sociedad 1-0.  (They are playing as I write this Saturday PM and only losing 2-1 in 81st minute to the Spanish champion – Atletico de Madrid)

Seems to me that some cable network ought to buy the TV rights to cover all the Eibar games.  Sell the team to the American people – especially to the tea party libertarian conservative wing of the US!  Maybe someone will read this blog and come up with the idea (send me the finder’s fee – I have been invited to an African nation for a missions trip and also maybe I could help UKIP in that 2015 General Election!  Maybe Virginia Right could sell jerseys etc for Eibar!  Support the Armeros!  Here’s the team’s website.

UPDATE:  Eibar lost 2-1 but this seems respectable to the leading team.  Their goal is not to win the title but avoid being sent back down to the second or third division!

Eibar isn’t concerned with the title race though — its battle is to finish fourth from bottom and avoid relegation.

Eraso is convinced they can do it, if they harness the intimidating surrounds of Ipurua, and call on the famed togetherness in the town.

“The spirit is the most important thing that will help us overcome all the challenges we will have this year,” he said.

“We have overcome a lot of crises in the town and reinvented ourselves. We now have to adapt to what is coming this year.

“We’re going to have the lowest budget with no big names in our team but we will make it with the players and all of us pushing in the same direction — this is in our spirit.”

How can you not like this team!  Viva SD Eibar!


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


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