The Buying Into Sports Franchises Frenzy Continues
I find it hilarious that a dumbed-down version of tennis has suddenly taken the world by storm…
The Brooklyn Aces, a Major League Pickleball team, welcomes Drake and Michael B. Jordan as new investors, signaling the sport’s growing popularity.
The Newest Craze
I find it hilarious that a dumbed-down version of tennis has suddenly taken the world by storm. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an enjoyable activity for older folks whose knees and hips won’t allow them to quickly traverse the expanse of a tennis court any longer. But for a new entry into the world of professional sports? C’mon!
Why don’t we see professional badminton or ping-pong leagues? Okay, so somewhere on the outskirts of a place you can’t pronounce I have no doubt those two exist, but you don’t see Drake and the Black Panther actor, Michael B. Jordan, investing money in any of those teams.
Well, maybe not, but apparently, pickleball is Bitcoin circa 2012 because everyone who’s anyone feels compelled to toss their money on any team that will have it. In this case, Drake and MBJ decided that the 1950s street gang, the Brooklyn Aces, was a fine landing spot for their celebrity dough. I think before every game the Aces should all roll onto the court inside a ’57 Chevy and emerge dancing to a choreographed number of Greased Lightnin’.
Naturally, the owner of the Aces, Rich Kleiman, who also doubles as a sports agent and Kevin Durant’s BFF, was predictably ecstatic about welcoming this new star power behind his team.
“In addition to the marketing and creative acumen that Michael B. Jordan, Drake, and Steve Stoute bring to the table, our investor group includes some of the savviest entrepreneurs in the business,” Kleiman said. “We’re looking forward to what our second season brings.”
Can you feel the excitement?
Pickleball, the hottest sport in the country, continues to grow and attract big-name investors. Brooklyn Aces co-owner @richkleiman discusses the team’s new partnerships with #Drake and @michaelb4jordan. pic.twitter.com/u3f4SnpuWp
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) July 20, 2023
As well explore a variety of other tennis odds here to win!
Everybody’s Doing It
Anyway, we should also note that the celebrity duo joins a growing list of “who’s who in American entertainment” investing in a game that was formed by two neighbors back in 1965 when they repurposed an old badminton court and ping pong paddles to chase the boredom of a lazy weekend afternoon away. Oh, and the name you might ask? One of the neighbors’ dogs was named – you guessed it – Pickles.
Major League Pickleball has attracted celebrities from all walks of life but they all have one thing in common – too much money and nowhere to spend it. But investing in sports teams has become, as the French say, the sine qua non of being a celebrity. It is now an essential element of existing in the rarified air with all the other cool kids who happen to be filthy rich and adored by millions.
— Sportico (@Sportico) July 20, 2023
And if you don’t believe me, check out a few more examples right here.
So, get out your pickleball rules, and pickleball paddles and do the one thing that can truly make this game more interesting – bet on it. That’s the only redeeming feature I see about this new league. There should be a non-stop pickleball tournament scheduled between MLB’s All-Star break so degens like me have something, anything, on which to wager.
For roughly five days, pickleball will have the entire North American sports world to its lonesome, and as long as we can bet on it you can count me in – at least until baseball returns.