LeBron James and Maverick Carter made history as the first and only Black partners in Fenway Sports Group. Meaning the two now own the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, Roush Fenway Racing and the regional sports network NESN.
If like us, you’ve been following LeBron for a while, you know that he is a public Yankee’s fan. You might think this new partnership (Boston Red Sox) is him making a deal with the enemy. We wouldn’t blame you into thinking this way but we will say, he played his cards right here.
“I think for me and for my partner, Maverick, to be the first two Black men to be a part of that ownership group in the history of that franchise, I think it’s pretty damn cool,” James stated in a press interview, “It gives me and people that look like me hope and inspiration that they can be in a position like that as well, that it can be done. It gives my kids at my I Promise School more and more inspiration as well.”
Fenway Sports Group is the fourth most valuable sports empire in the world, valued at $6.6 billion. If LeBron had it his way, he would own an NBA team. But due to the league restrictions against that, he has chosen baseball as his plan B.
“My goal is to own a team, own an NBA team,” James said after the announcement. “I got so much to give to the game. I know what it takes to win at this level. I know talent. I also know how to run a business, as well. And so, that is my goal. My goal is to own an NBA franchise, and it will be sooner than later.”
Bron isn’t only buying stake in ownership groups in his spare time, he’s also giving back to his hometown with a community center.
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