The Denver Broncos’ possession group has added racing royalty. Components One driver Lewis Hamilton has a stake with the Walton-Penner group, which bought the workforce in June.
Hamilton, 37, has the Components One document for many race wins and has gained the Components One title seven occasions. The possession group, which bought the workforce for $4.65 billion, is led by Walmart inheritor Rob Walton and contains former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who additionally has a stake.
In April, Hamilton joined with Serena Williams in a consortium led by former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton in an try to purchase Premier League membership Chelsea.
“He’s a champion competitor who is aware of what it takes to steer a profitable workforce,” Walton stated in a press release.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 2, 2022
The British racing nice, who was knighted in 2020, joins a formidable record of athletes who additionally personal elements 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 workforce as a minority investor. The previous NFL operating again shall be part of the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everybody” marketing campaign and Kraken proprietor Tod Leiweke stated Lynch expressed curiosity in shadowing him to be taught hockey CEO operations.
“That is one thing I by no means would have imagined,” Lynch stated to CNBC in a press release. “I at all times dreamed of taking part in on an expert workforce 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 workforce with Lynch.
“We at the moment are including two hometown heroes who share our values and wishes – to present 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 an enormous 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 stated. “I began taking part in lacrosse on a workforce on the age of six and performed all the way in which till I used to be 16 years outdated. I’ve an excellent love for the sport within the sense I actually suppose that field lacrosse was such a vital a part of the success I in the end had in ice hockey.”
Due to this, it should not be utterly shocking 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 growth workforce 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 help any workforce aside from the Miami Warmth is decidedly jarring. However I can not knock him for his enterprise savvy. In April, the three-time NBA champion bought an possession stake within the Utah Jazz, becoming a member of majority proprietor and workforce governor Ryan Smith, and expressed a want to take an energetic position within the franchise. D. Wade made good on his promise. He may very well be seen courtside all through the season; he took motion when an unsettling fan incident went down throughout the postseason, and he grew to become a mentor to Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
Kevin Durant — Philadelphia Union, NJ/NY Gotham FC
In June 2020, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant bought a 5% stake in MLS’ Philadelphia Union, and he has an choice to buy a further 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 stated the dialogue by no means progressed.
Durant expanded his portfolio in Might of this 12 months, after being named as a minority proprietor of the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League (NWSL) membership NJ/NY Gotham FC.
— PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) Might 4, 2022
Thirty 5 Ventures (35V), an organization co-founded by the two-time NBA champion and entrepreneur Wealthy Kleiman, made a big funding to amass a stake within the membership, marking the corporate’s second funding in an expert soccer workforce.
Renee Montgomery — Atlanta Dream
Former Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery made historical past in February as a part of a three-member investor group that was accepted to buy the workforce. Montgomery is the primary former participant to grow to be each an proprietor and govt of a WNBA franchise. The possession change adopted stress 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 is not 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. Changing 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 professional professional prospect, his father, Pat Mahomes, spent 11 seasons in Main League Baseball. He additionally needed to discover some option to put that $503 million contract extension to good use.
Venus and Serena Williams — Miami Dolphins, Angel Metropolis FC
Profitable main titles and making historical past, that is what the Williams sisters do. In 2009, Venus and Serena grew to become the primary Black feminine minority house owners within the NFL by buying part of the Miami Dolphins. Musicians Jimmy Buffett, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Fergie and Marc Anthony additionally purchased shares within the workforce — the Dolphins’ possession group is nothing if not eclectic. Then, final 12 months, Serena Williams grew to become a part of the star-studded Angel Metropolis FC possession group bringing a NWSL workforce 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 fashion. 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 gamers who’re a 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 attempting to remain true to my complete “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 type of time.
Michael Jordan — Charlotte Hornets
Whereas we’re as regards to house owners who have not had the kind of success we grew accustomed to of their taking part in days, I’d be remiss if I did not point out the GOAT. In 2010, Michael Jordan grew to become the primary ex-player to be a majority proprietor within the league when the NBA’s Board of Governors unanimously accepted his $275 million bid to purchase the then Charlotte Bobcats in his residence 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 Yr LaMelo Ball offering a long-awaited spark within the group. Always remember when his dad stated he might 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 superb to me, that Alex Rodriguez and his 50-50 enterprise associate Marc Lore are solely pursuing buying the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx after their unique plan to purchase the New York Mets failed or that Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards had no concept who former MLB star A-Rod was. Both approach, the $1.5 billion deal is anticipated to shut round July 1.
David Beckham — Inter Miami
David Beckham, iconic soccer participant and remains-to-be-seen proprietor. Beckham — who’s extremely fingers on with the franchise — is a part of an possession group which was initially referred to as Miami Beckham United, however now operates beneath 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 may very well 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 grew to become minority house owners of Premier League membership Liverpool after Fenway Sports activities Group, which bought the workforce in 2010, grew to become the only marketer of James’ international rights. The deal has turned out to be fairly profitable for James — his unique stake within the membership, valued at about $6.5 million, had grown to about $32 million as of 2018. In 2019, Liverpool gained 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 bought 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 gained their first NWSL title final 12 months, so he is in all probability 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, bought a stake within the workforce 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 workforce Hammaraby again in 2019. Followers of Malmo, one other Swedish workforce the place Zlatan began his skilled profession, reacted by vandalizing a statue of Zlatan outdoors the workforce’s residence stadium, inserting a rest room seat round one among its arms.
Magic Johnson — Los Angeles Dodgers
Huge LA man. In 2012, Lakers nice Magic Johnson was a part of a gaggle that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a document $2 billion. On the time, the worth shattered the mark for a sports activities franchise. Magic saved it actual on the time of buy when explaining his position in recruiting free brokers, saying that whereas he cannot speak hitting or pitching with gamers, he “can speak profitable.” If latest historical past is any indication (in case you blacked out all of 2020 — the Dodgers gained the World Sequence), it labored.