With the thrill in the sports world, it tends to draw attention from all kinds of individuals including celebrities. Over the years, we have had celebrities that have had interest in sporting activities either by participation in sports or seeking ownership in some sports teams. Some of them, such as the pussycat dolls playboy, perform in these events.
Some of the celebrities definitely don’t have the prowess to compete in the field that’s why they opt to go for being part of sports team ownerships other than the latter. Below is a list of celebrities who have joined the celebrities and sports world through ownership in sports teams.
Jay-z is part of the group that bought the New Jersey Nets for $300 million in the year 2004. In 2013, the group whose head was Bruce Ratner transferred the team from Izod center in Rutherford to Jay-Z’s home in Borough of Brooklyn. In 2013, Jay-Z announced his withdrawal from the Brooklyn Nets so as to start off his own sports agency.
Usher, a popular musician, also joined the group that purchased the Cleveland Cavaliers at $375 million in 2005. The group is headed by chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Dan Gilbert. As mentioned by Gilbert, the head of the group, Usher will be playing a key role in enhancing the entertainment sector of the team.
3. Will Ferrell
Actor/Comedian Will Ferrell became part of the MLS Franchise ownership as pronounced by Los Angeles football club in early 2016. The club has a 26-member ownership that is majorly dominated by former popular athletes including Mia Hamm and Magic Johnson.
4. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
These are KISS band members that have joined the ownership of the Los Angeles- area expansion team in the Arena Football League. Their interest to be part of the team ownership grew when the team’s officials talked with them to do a performance in the Arena Bowl XXVI which took place in Orlando in August 2013.
5. Marc Antony and Jennifer Lopez/ The Williams Sisters
These two celebrities bought ownership of the Miami Dolphins while still a married couple in 2009. Marc Antony has retained the club’s ownership to date. The Williams sisters also have a limited ownership of the Miami Dolphins club obtained in August 2009.
6. Elton John
Apart from being an excellent performer, Elton also has another major interest in soccer. His undivided allegiance has been to the Watford FC where he gained ownership in 1976 and retained it for 30 years before selling it away. Today he holds the position of “Honorary Life President” in the Watford FC soccer club.
7. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe in partnership with businessman, Peter Holmes, bought the South Sydney Rabbitohs a struggling rugby club at that particular time in 2006. Crowe and Holmes purchased the club with $3 million. Reports have it that Crowe asked his co-owner to withdraw his ownership in 2008 when the club relationships started integrating.
The sports world is continuing to take the lead as many celebrities are striving to get ownerships in the renowned sports club and own their own sports agencies. If you did not know much about celebrities and sports, now you know a few things to talk about.