Drew Brees # 9 of the New Orleans Saints
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Retired NFL super star Drew Brees is the current significant sports figure to participate the pickleball fad.
Major League Pickleball revealed Thursday that the one-time Super Bowl champ has actually signed up with the ownership group of the Austin, Texas, Mad Drops Pickleball Club.
The group likewise consists of equity capital company Good Alpha Industries, Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jim Buss and Ryan Serhant of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York.”
Financial regards to the offer were not revealed.
“I am an avid pickleball player, fan and student of the game,” stated Brees, who played 20 years in the NFL, in a declaration. “I look forward to helping raise awareness around the incredible players and competitions in MLP, helping grow the sport of pickleball and fostering overall fan engagement.”
Brees, who retired from football in 2021, invested the previous season working for NBC Sports as an expert prior to they equally parted methods. In the past, the previous New Orleans Saints quarterback has actually made jokes about “joining the pickleball tour,” however his newest relocation comes at a time when the sport has actually seen explosive development.
The pandemic offered the sport a significant increase as individuals searched for socially far-off methods to be safe in a group activity. Today, almost 5 million individuals play pickleball across the country according to U.S.A.Pickleball The sport saw a participatory development rate of 39% over the previous 2 years, making it the fastest-growing sport in America according to The Sports Fitness Industry Association.
The sport has actually likewise brought in a variety of huge name gamers, from billionaire Melinda Gates to celebs Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Kardashians.
Major League Pickleball was developed by creator and CEO Steve Kuhn in2021 The league includes 12 groups of professional pickleball gamers that play in a co-ed format. In addition to the previous Super Bowl winning quarterback, MLP likewise consists of other prominent owners such as business owner Gary Vaynerchuk, Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry and previous tennis pro James Blake.
“The talented and passionate Mad Drops PC ownership group will further elevate our competition and athletes, which contributes to our goal of growing the game of pickleball into the world’s most exciting spectator sport,” Kuhn stated in a declaration.
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