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Chris Kirchner's sports involvements before targeting Derby County and Preston takeovers

American businessman Chris Kirchner is interested in buying Preston North End – and we’re far from his first sporting interest.

Kirchner has been interested in Preston for a number of weeks now and even attended the 0-0 home draw with Huddersfield Town last month.

Kirchner has been watching other North End games from the United States and is believed to be closing in on a deal to buy the club.

This would be Kirchner’s first involvement in football, but he has taken a keen interest in other sporting ventures.

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The co-founder, chairman and CEO of logistics company slync.io, Kirchner is a huge golf fan.

You can’t go on Kirchner’s social media without seeing golf all over the show, and it actually goes further than just an interest.

Slync.io actually sponsor a number of golfers, the most notable of which is former US Open winner and Ryder Cup regular Justin Rose.

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Rose isn’t the only golfer in the Kirchner portfolio with Viktor Holland, Erik van Rooyen, Bernd Wiesberger, Sepp Straka, Xinjun Zhang, Jennifer Kupcho and Albane Valenzuela also sponsored by Slync.io.

That’s an impressive number of golfers to be involved with, and to land a big name like Rose is quite the coup.

Kirchner was based in Dallas before moving to San Francisco, and his company still has a major part in Dallas sport.

Slync.io also sponsor National Hockey League team the Dallas Stars, with the logo on their training shirts, the zamboni and even around the American Airlines Center.

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Additionally, Preston aren’t the first football team Kirchner has pursued.

In 2021, Kirchner was interested in securing Derby County but pulled out just before Christmas having failed to agree a deal.

Kirchner was vocal on social media throughout his pursuit but found dealing with the Derby situation a little difficult.

There are no such obstacles with Preston though, and having dabbled in terms of sponsoring sports teams and players, it looks like Kirchner will soon become an owner in a major step up.

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