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Tom Brady’s new racket: Buccaneers quarterback buys PICKLEBALL staff with tennis legend Kim Clijsters

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Main League Pickleball is including to its roster of high-profile house owners with two extra legendary athletes: Tom Brady and Kim Clijsters.

The 2 have been introduced as a part of an possession group of an enlargement membership that can begin enjoying in 2023 because the league strikes from 12 to 16 groups. Brady and Clijsters observe NBA stars LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Draymond Inexperienced, who purchased one other enlargement membership collectively final month.

Brady and Clijsters group is led by Knighthead Capital Administration LLC and in addition contains monetary advisor Kaitlyn Kerr, who will function the staff’s basic supervisor. Matt Alvarez, a movie producer who labored on ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ can be an investor.

Kim Clijsters

Main League Pickleball is including to its roster of high-profile house owners with two extra legendary athletes: Tom Brady (left) and Kim Clijsters (proper)

People play pickleball at a pubic court in Brooklyn on September 29. game that's easy to pick up and more accessible than tennis, pickleball is all the rage in New York, as the sport snags investors and grows increasingly professionalized across the US

Folks play pickleball at a pubic courtroom in Brooklyn on September 29. recreation that is simple to select up and extra accessible than tennis, pickleball is all the craze in New York, as the game snags buyers and grows more and more professionalized throughout the US

Half of the brand new staff will likely be female-owned, based on Entrance Workplace Sports activities. The MLP has pushed for gender equality in possession.

Founder Steve Kuhn advised FOS that the proprietor house owners will ‘showcase the enjoyment [pickleball] brings to thousands and thousands of individuals across the globe.’

The MLP season will concluded in a event this weekend, the place a reported $319,000 is at stake.

Performed each indoors and out, pickleball is a paddle sport just like tennis, solely as a substitute of a fuzzy Dunlop, it makes use of a perforated, hole polymer ball. Courtroom sizes are a couple of third the scale of tennis dimensions, and the sport depends on volleying rather more than its sister sport.

The MLP has six tournaments scheduled for 2023 with greater than $2 million in prize cash up for grabs.

The game has instantly gained in recognition, though pinpointing an actual motive for that’s troublesome.

One survey from the Sports activities and Health Business Affiliation discovered that 4.8 million People performed pickleball in 2021, which is up 11.5 % over the earlier 5 years.

Pickleball has a bonus over different sports activities as a result of it may be performed by athletes of all ages, though it is hottest among the many 18-to-34 demographic.

The MLP stated it goals to develop the game to 40 million gamers by the top of the last decade.

LeBron James (pictured with his wife Savannah) is adding to his sports portfolio once again with the acquisition of a professional pickleball team

James' former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kevin love and his Golden State Warriors rival Draymond Green pictured with wife Hazel Renee) are also investing in the team, which has yet to decide on a name

LeBron James (close to left, along with his spouse Savannah) added to his sports activities portfolio final month with the acquisition of an expert pickleball staff. James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kevin love and his Golden State Warriors rival Draymond Inexperienced (close to proper, with spouse Hazel Renee) are additionally investing within the staff, which has but to determine on a reputation

Court sizes are about a third the size of tennis dimensions, and the game relies on volleying much more than its sister sport

Courtroom sizes are a couple of third the scale of tennis dimensions, and the sport depends on volleying rather more than its sister sport

Kevin Love (pictured with wife Kate Bock) is also investing in LeBron James' yet-to-be-named team

Played both indoors and out, pickleball is a paddle sport similar to tennis, only instead of a fuzzy Dunlop, it uses a perforated, hollow polymer bal

Kevin Love (pictured with spouse Kate Bock) can be investing in LeBron James’ yet-to-be-named staff. Performed each indoors and out, pickleball is a paddle sport just like tennis, solely as a substitute of a fuzzy Dunlop, it makes use of a perforated, hole polymer ball (proper) 

One survey from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association found that 4.8 million Americans played pickleball in 2021, which is up 11.5 percent over the previous five years

One survey from the Sports activities and Health Business Affiliation discovered that 4.8 million People performed pickleball in 2021, which is up 11.5 % over the earlier 5 years

Brady already has another gigs apart from soccer and his budding broadcast profession, which is able to reportedly start with at $375 million contract with Fox Sports activities when he does, finally, retire from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Along with serving as a spokesman for manufacturers akin to Beneath Armour, he sells athletic gear and dietary merchandise by means of his personal firm, TB12. Final yr, he co-founded a sports-centric NFT enterprise, Autograph, and beforehand launched a manufacturing firm, 199 Productions.

Earlier this yr, Brady revealed his new line of golf garments, and has partnered with College of Texas golfer Cole Hammer and Wake Forest’s Michael Brennan by signing the pair to endorsement offers.’

‘We partnered with Cole and Michael, each distinctive athletes, to characterize this assortment and additional exhibit our dedication to supporting the subsequent era of youth athletes who embody the spirit and ethos on which our model was based,’ Brady stated in a press release. 

The settlement is permissible as a result of the NCAA now permits its athletes to get compensated to be used of their identify, picture, and license.  

Brady, a frequent competitor at movie star golf occasions, is promoting the gathering solely on his BradyBrand web site with costs starting from $75 to $195. 

It is simply one other extension of the rising enterprise empire for the seven-time Tremendous Bowl champion. 

Clijsters, a four-time singles Grand Slam winner and former world No. 1, earned greater than $24 million in prize cash earlier than retiring in 2020. The married mom of three is now 39. 

Tom Brady continues to make investments off the field and recently started his own golf brand

Tom Brady continues to make investments off the sphere and not too long ago began his personal golf model

Drew Brees is among the investors who are already involved in Major League Pickleball

Drew Brees is among the many buyers who’re already concerned in Main League Pickleball

Already an element proprietor of Main League Baseball’s Boston Pink Sox, the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, and Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, James added to his sports activities portfolio final month with the acquisition of an expert pickleball staff.

James’ LRMR Ventures, which he owns with long-time enterprise accomplice Maverick Carter, is a part of a consortium that purchased an MLP enlargement franchise for an undisclosed quantity. James’ former Cleveland Cavaliers, Love, and his Golden State Warriors rival, Inexperienced, additionally invested within the staff, which has but to determine on a reputation.

Pickleball is massively standard throughout the US, with Entrance Workplace Sports activities reporting final month that there are 66 new venues opening throughout the US each month.

The 12-team MLP is including 4 golf equipment. At present the league counts retired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, and Milwaukee Bucks proprietor Marc Lasry amongst its staff house owners.

‘After I began enjoying pickleball, I instantly related with the game’s group and its capability to be each enjoyable and aggressive,’ Carter advised CNBC. ‘To see the game rising in communities throughout is admittedly thrilling, and we’re wanting ahead to bringing our experience collectively to attempt to construct a championship staff.’

‘Having LRMR Ventures, SC Holdings, and their unbelievable group as house owners and buyers in Main League Pickleball is not only nice for MLP, however it’s a watershed second for pickleball usually,’ stated MLP founder Steve Kuhn.

Gary Vaynerchuk speaks on stage during The NFT Revolution and What It Means For Brands at the Debussy Theatre, Cannes Lions. The investor is also involved in pro Pickleball

Gary Vaynerchuk speaks on stage throughout The NFT Revolution and What It Means For Manufacturers on the Debussy Theatre, Cannes Lions. The investor can be concerned in professional Pickleball 

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