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Soccer club rejects offer to rename themselves 'Burger King'

Posted: 5:26 PM, Sep 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-02 17:28:08-04

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.