Mauriss is the CEO of ClearTV and a native of Burbank, California.
He made his wealth in the credit card and finance industries before entering the media and building ClearTV into a national powerhouse.
The network now serves airports and healthcare facilities throughout the United States.
Mauriss has also formed alliances with media behemoths NBC and CBS, all while maintaining a great interest in sports.
The Californian is a baseball lover as well as a Tottenham supporter, and he has been particularly impressed by the work of fellow Americans John Henry and Tom Werner at Liverpool.
The Daily Mirror quoted a source as saying: “[Mauriss] is a generous and honorable man who aspires to be Newcastle’s future owner. It is a legitimate offer.
“He’s a successful American media figure with a keen interest in English football.”
If Mauriss takes control at Toon, he wants to follow Liverpool’s Kop approach, which has seen the club become a global brand.
The source went on to say, “He’s studied how his fellow countrymen Werner and Henry revitalized Liverpool and turned them into one of the world’s dominant forces.
“Not only will there be tremendous investment in the squad, but also in the club’s academy. It’s an incredible business plan.
“The investor has observed how Liverpool’s owners have teamed up with the local community and turned it into a team effort with everyone pulling in the same direction.
“Newcastle has a large and devoted fanbase. It’s a club with a lot of promise.”
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Ronnie was sentenced to four years in prison in 2014 for committing a £1 million fraud while working for Sports Direct rival JJB Sports.
He is said to have presented the Mauriss bid to Ashley, with whom he has a long-standing friendship, in January and would have no further participation if the deal was accepted.
During his term as CEO of Credit America Corporation, Mauriss purchased, converted, and resold nearly $7 billion in portfolio trades with major banks across the world.
His offer for the Toon reportedly impressed many involved in the negotiations, so expect stadium and training facility enhancements at Sheffield United if the takeover goes through.
And if he gets it right, a regular position in the Premier League will feel all the more plausible to the Blades.