More and more athletes are joining in on the pickleball craze.
Like his fellow sports superstar LeBron James, Tom Brady has made the jump from player to owner by joining an ownership group that just purchased an expansion team for the 2023 Major League Pickleball (MLP) season.
Brady and six-time tennis Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters are part of the same group.
“Tom Brady, Kim Clijsters and Knighthead Capital Management are champions in their fields and will now be champions for Major League Pickleball,” said MLP Founder Steve Kuhn. “What really shines through in working with these amazing individuals is their passion for the sport. We are thrilled to welcome them to our unrivaled roster of strategic partners, who are individually and collectively instrumental in helping us elevate professional pickleball, showcase the joy it brings to millions of people around the globe, and further our ’40 by 30’ campaign – our mission to reach 40 million pickleball players by 2030.”
Last month, LeBron James teamed up with fellow pros Draymond Green and Kevin Love to invest in a pickleball expansion franchise.
“Having (LeBron’s company) LRMR Ventures, SC Holdings, and their incredible group as owners and investors in Major League Pickleball is not just great for MLP, but it’s a watershed moment for pickleball in general,” MLP founder Steve Kuhn said at the time.
As part of the expansion, MLP’s events will double from three to six and player prize money and payouts will surpass $2 million.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.