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Soccer club rejects offer to rename themselves 'Burger King'

Posted: 5:26 PM, Sep 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-02 21:28:08Z

Burger King has offered a Russian soccer club $7.6 million to rename itself after the fast food restaurant.

Yahoo Sports reports that Burger King offered Zenit St. Petersburg — one of the most prominent teams in Russia’s top soccer league — 500 million roubles to rename the team “Zenit Burger King.”

 

 

According to The Independent , Zenit St. Petersburg have rejected Burger King’s offer and will not change it’s name.

The team’s official Twitter account issued a strong response to the offer.

 

 

If the club were to take Burger King’s offer, it wouldn’t be the first time a team in a top-flight soccer league agreed to sell its nickname. In 2006, energy drink Red Bull purchased the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of the MLS. The team has been known as the New York Red Bulls ever since.

 

 

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.