The emergence of the Major Pickleball League has brought recognition in professional sports, and more big names are now becoming involved.
According to Boardroom, several more investors have joined the Brooklyn Aces franchise. Canadian hip-hop recording artist, Drake, “Creed” actor, Micheal B. Jordan, and UnitedMasters and Translation founder/CEO Steve Stoute are now a part of the investment team of the New York-based Aces.
Pickleball combines various elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net.
“We’re thrilled to have this incredible group of investors join the Brooklyn Aces as we continue to grow the team and raise the profile of Major League Pickleball as a whole,” Boardroom and 35V co-founder/CEO and Aces majority owner Rich Kleiman said in a written statement. “It’s the idea of bringing people in that we could share in this with and utilize resources as the Aces evolve. Our investor group includes some of the savviest entrepreneurs in the business, and having this network on our cap table positions us to be successful.”
The Brooklyn Aces have stated that with the recent additions to the investment team, they will further their commitment to the pickleball community. More community events will take place to help grow the team’s presence and elevate the players on the Brooklyn Aces team heading into the second half of the Major Pickleball League season.
Next month, the Aces plan on hosting their first youth-focused community event, Aces Day of Play on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the CityPickle courts in Manhattan.
Major League Pickleball has 16 teams in the United States. In 2023, there will be six tournaments across six cities for more than $2 million in prizes.
Last year, Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, connected with two other NBA champions, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, in a new ownership group when they joined Major League Pickleball.