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American sporting couple announce minority investment in Burnley

JJ Watt spent twelve seasons in the NFK as an elite defensive end, while wife Kealia Watt is a US women’s international and forward in the NWSL. The pair have officially announced their direct involvement with The Clarets


Championship winners and promoted outfit Burnley FC continue their celebrations in the wake of securing a return to the top flight of English football after the club blitzed its way through the second tier, with a chance of cracking the 100-point barrier still on the cards for The Clarets on the final day of the 2022-23 season.

Their success this term under highly-touted manager and former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany has drawn immense praise from all corners of the British football pyramid after the iconic Belgian defender has completely revitalized the club on the pitch as one of the most entertaining sides on the pitch anywhere in the country.

On the back of their storybook rebranding on and off the pitch, American sporting couple JJ and Kealia Watt have officially announced their minority investment in the club via reports from football insider Fabrizio Romano.

In a video announcement released by the married pair on Watt’s official Twitter account, the former NFL star defensive end announced his “retiring from retirement” to state their intention to become minority investors while also massively investing on the emotional front, with the pair quipping about Ryan Reynold’s ownership of storyboard side Wrexham.

JJ and Kealia Watt become the latest high-profile American figures to become directly involved with British football. The aforementioned highly-successful co-ownership of Reynolds and friend Rob McElhenney at Wrexham has done wonders for the club, while NBA living legend LeBron James has a stake in English giants Liverpool.

With Burnley’s ascension back into the English top flight, marketing opportunities in conjunction with being involved at ground level with a club that has gone through massive overhaul on and off the pitch for the better is a business decision that the couple is likely to not regret.


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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.


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