Kevin Durant is continuing to expand his business interests.
The Brooklyn Nets forward bought a minority stake in the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, according to Sports Business Daily. The stake is between one percent and five percent.
Durant has apparently been pursuing minority ownership in an MLS team for a while, as the report says he has twice tried to buy a stake in his hometown DC United. It’s just one of many business interests Durant has pursued, either personally or through his Thirty Five Ventures business.
A business move like this could be a warm-up for what Durant has said he wants long-term: ownership of an NBA team. From Forbes:
“I want to own and run an NBA team—run day-to-day operations and impact young players coming through the league,” he says, ticking off the path that Michael Jordan took to become a billionaire.
That obviously won’t be happening while Durant is still playing (it also might be hard as Jordan has Air Jordan money and bought the Charlotte Hornets before NBA team values really took off), so it’s the MLS for now.
Durant isn’t alone among NBA stars in buying an MLS team either, as Houston Rockets guard James Harden bought into the MLS’s Houston Dynamo and NWSL’s Houston Dash last year. NFL star Russell Wilson also owns a stake of the Seattle Sounders with his wife Ciara.
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