With Denver Broncos stake, Components One nice Lewis Hamilton is newest athlete to turn into an proprietor
Hamilton, 37, has the Components One report for many race wins and has received the Components One title seven occasions. The possession group, which bought the crew for $4.65 billion, is led by Walmart inheritor Rob Walton and consists of former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who additionally has a stake.
“He’s a champion competitor who is aware of what it takes to steer a profitable crew,” Walton mentioned in a press release.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 2, 2022
The British racing nice, who was knighted in 2020, joins a powerful listing of athletes who additionally personal components of sports activities franchises.
Marshawn Lynch — Seattle Kraken
Lynch spent 13 seasons in Seattle with the Seahawks, however his new sports activities enterprise within the state of Washington is on the ice. On April 18, he joined the Seattle Kraken possession crew as a minority investor. The previous NFL working again will likely be part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everybody” marketing campaign and Kraken proprietor Tod Leiweke mentioned Lynch expressed curiosity in shadowing him to study hockey CEO operations.
“That is one thing I by no means would have imagined,” Lynch mentioned to CNBC in a statement. “I all the time dreamed of enjoying on knowledgeable crew however proudly owning one is one thing particular. As I look again on a few of my accomplishments…I am [going to] proceed to rely my blessings.”
Grammy Award-winning artist and Seattle native Macklemore additionally joined the Kraken possession crew with Lynch.
“We are actually including two hometown heroes who share our values and needs – to provide again to this nice metropolis and proceed to make hockey a sport for everybody.”
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) April 18, 2022
Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Dustin Johnson — Las Vegas Desert Canines
Wayne Gretzky is a giant lacrosse man? Yep, you learn that proper. The Nice One could have made his title on the ice, however earlier than Gretzky was the satisfaction of the Edmonton Oilers he was a bona fide lax bro.
“The nationwide sport of Canada is field lacrosse,” Gretzky mentioned. “I began enjoying lacrosse on a crew on the age of six and performed all the way in which till I used to be 16 years outdated. I’ve an important love for the sport within the sense I actually assume that field lacrosse was such an important a part of the success I in the end had in ice hockey.”
Due to this, it should not be utterly stunning that the hockey legend is linking up with 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson, NBA Corridor of Famer and present Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash and Nets proprietor Joe Tsai as a part of a star-studded possession group for the Nationwide Lacrosse League’s latest enlargement crew in Las Vegas, the Desert Canines.
There’s nothing Wayne Gretzky cannot do…
— NHL (@NHL) June 21, 2021
Dwyane Wade — Utah Jazz
I am not going to lie, seeing Dwyane Wade assist any crew aside from the Miami Warmth is decidedly jarring. However I am unable to knock him for his enterprise savvy. In April, the three-time NBA champion purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz, becoming a member of majority proprietor and crew governor Ryan Smith, and expressed a want to take an energetic function within the franchise. D. Wade made good on his promise. He might be seen courtside all through the season; he took action when an unsettling fan incident went down during the postseason, and he turned a mentor to Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
Kevin Durant — Philadelphia Union, NJ/NY Gotham FC
In June 2020, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant purchased a 5% stake in MLS’ Philadelphia Union, and he has an choice to buy an extra 5% at a later date. Durant additionally had engaged in talks about buying a part of D.C. United the 12 months prior, however he mentioned the dialogue by no means progressed.
— PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) May 4, 2022
Thirty 5 Ventures (35V), an organization co-founded by the two-time NBA champion and entrepreneur Wealthy Kleiman, made a major funding to amass a stake within the membership, marking the corporate’s second funding in knowledgeable soccer crew.
Renee Montgomery — Atlanta Dream
Former Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery made history in February as a part of a three-member investor group that was permitted to buy the crew. Montgomery is the primary former participant to turn into each an proprietor and government of a WNBA franchise. The possession change adopted strain on former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler to promote her share of the Dream, after she angered WNBA gamers together with her opposition to the league’s racial justice initiatives.
Patrick Mahomes — Kansas Metropolis Royals
Patrick Mahomes isn’t any stranger to profitable. Whereas the Kansas Metropolis Royals cannot precisely say the identical, you may’t rule out that the quarterback’s profitable methods would possibly rub off on the franchise now that he’s a part of their possession group. If Mahomes’ standing as an icon in Kansas Metropolis was in query (it wasn’t), this transfer absolutely cemented it. Turning into a baseball proprietor made sense on a number of ranges for the Chiefs’ QB1. Not solely was Mahomes — who performed baseball in faculty — a reliable professional prospect, his father, Pat Mahomes, spent 11 seasons in Main League Baseball. He additionally needed to discover some approach to put that $503 million contract extension to good use.
Venus and Serena Williams — Miami Dolphins, Angel Metropolis FC
Successful main titles and making historical past, that is what the Williams sisters do. In 2009, Venus and Serena turned the primary Black feminine minority homeowners within the NFL by purchasing a part of the Miami Dolphins. Musicians Jimmy Buffett, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Fergie and Marc Anthony also bought shares within the crew — the Dolphins’ possession group is nothing if not eclectic. Then, final 12 months, Serena Williams turned part of the star-studded Angel City FC ownership group bringing a NWSL crew to Los Angeles in 2022.
Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Julie Foudy — Angel Metropolis FC
When Angel Metropolis FC arrived on the scene it did so in model. Earlier than we even knew the Los Angeles primarily based NWSL membership’s title, we knew it had famous person backing like no different. Among the many 14 former USWNT players who are part of the group are Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Julie Foudy. I’d have named Lauren Vacation, Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Amanda Cromwell, Pleasure Fawcett, Tisha Venturini Hoch, Angela Hucles, Shannon MacMillan, Saskia Webber and sisters Lorrie Truthful Allen and Ronnie Truthful Sullins, however I used to be actually making an attempt to remain true to my entire “I am solely going to call 20 athletes” factor from the intro. There are additionally a bunch of celebrities within the combine, however we do not have that sort of time.
Michael Jordan — Charlotte Hornets
Whereas we’re with regards to homeowners who have not had the kind of success we grew accustomed to of their enjoying days, I’d be remiss if I did not point out the GOAT. In 2010, Michael Jordan became the first ex-player to be a majority owner in the league when the NBA’s Board of Governors unanimously permitted his $275 million bid to purchase the then Charlotte Bobcats in his dwelling state of North Carolina. After a decade of underwhelming years, issues look to be on the up for the now Hornets with Rookie of the 12 months LaMelo Ball offering a long-awaited spark within the group. Always remember when his dad mentioned he may beat MJ one-on-one … good occasions.
Alex Rodriguez — Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx
I do not know what a part of this buy feels much less very best to me, that Alex Rodriguez and his 50-50 enterprise accomplice Marc Lore are solely pursuing acquiring the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx after their authentic plan to purchase the New York Mets failed or that Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards had no thought who former MLB star A-Rod was. Both method, the $1.5 billion deal is predicted to shut round July 1.
David Beckham — Inter Miami
David Beckham, iconic soccer participant and remains-to-be-seen proprietor. Beckham — who is incredibly hands on with the franchise — is part of an ownership group which was initially referred to as Miami Beckham United, however now operates underneath the title Miami Freedom Park LLC. Beckham and Inter Miami have seemingly been riddled with controversy for the reason that membership’s inception in 2018. However all these issues might be a factor of the previous if Lionel Messi decides to move to MLS. Hey, stranger issues have occurred.
LeBron James — Liverpool
Again in 2011, LeBron James and supervisor Maverick Carter turned minority homeowners of Premier League membership Liverpool after Fenway Sports activities Group, which bought the crew in 2010, turned the only real marketer of James’ world rights. The deal has turned out to be fairly profitable for James — his authentic stake within the membership, valued at about $6.5 million, had grown to about $32 million as of 2018. In 2019, Liverpool received the Premier League for his or her first top-flight league title in thirty years.
James Harden — Houston Dynamo, Houston Sprint
James Harden won’t be in Houston anymore, however the former Rockets famous person’s presence remains to be felt within the metropolis. The Beard purchased a 5% stake within the group that controls MLS’ Houston Dynamo and NWSL’s Houston Sprint in 2019. Boxer Oscar De La Hoya can be a part of the group. The Sprint received their first NWSL title final 12 months, so he is most likely feeling fairly good about that funding.
Russell Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. — Seattle Sounders
What do Russell Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Macklemore have in frequent? They’re all a part of the Seattle Sounders’ possession group. Wilson, alongside together with his spouse, musician Ciara, purchased a stake within the crew in 2019 — simply in time for them to win an MLS Cup title. Griffey Jr. and his household adopted go well with in November, 2020.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic — Hammaraby
Seemingly all the things Zlatan does makes individuals react intensely, and that remained true when he bought a part of Swedish team Hammaraby again in 2019. Followers of Malmo, one other Swedish crew the place Zlatan began his skilled profession, reacted by vandalizing a statue of Zlatan outdoors the crew’s dwelling stadium, inserting a rest room seat round one among its arms.
Magic Johnson — Los Angeles Dodgers
Massive LA man. In 2012, Lakers nice Magic Johnson was part of a group that bought the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a report $2 billion. On the time, the value shattered the mark for a sports activities franchise. Magic saved it actual on the time of buy when explaining his function in recruiting free brokers, saying that whereas he cannot speak hitting or pitching with gamers, he “can speak profitable.” If current historical past is any indication (in case you blacked out all of 2020 — the Dodgers received the World Sequence), it labored.