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Sean Combs says he wants to own an NFL team

While preparing to shut down for the night, I took one last look at the Twitter time line and I noticed that Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times had retweeted a message from the official, verified account of Sean Combs.

Combs, who has gone by names like Puff Daddy and Puffy and P. Diddy and Diddy and probably a few others I’m either forgetting or never knew, wants to own an NFL team.

In two separate entries, Combs declares, “I will be the 1st black man to be majority owner of a NFL football team!!!!  BELIEVE!!!!!!!  All things are possible through Christ!”

Combs, 40, likely has the money, the business savvy, and the creativity to pull it off.  At this point, however, no NFL teams are for sale.

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  1. gpsoccer09 says: Oct 15, 2010 1:24 AM

    Billieve??? Possible connection with the Bills? I feel like something is brewing behind the scenes with the Bills and Ralph Wilson…just saying as a Bills season ticket holder

  2. RedLeg15 says: Oct 15, 2010 2:20 AM

    Hey, Puff(whateveryourcallednow) You have ‘earned’ enough cash to buy damn near any team in the NFL outside of the ‘NYC’ teams, Cowboys, Redskins, Patriots & the Chicago Bears… Those teams will not sell.
    You say you want a team. As the saying goes put your money where your mouth is.

  3. vbe says: Oct 15, 2010 4:35 AM

    The owners would never approve him.

  4. Greenman says: Oct 15, 2010 4:43 AM

    Get in line, there’s dozens of people with more money that would also like a team.

  5. General X says: Oct 15, 2010 5:06 AM

    This scatter-brained clown jumps from one idea to the other. The notion that he has the money, business savvy and creativity to pull it off is questionable. What is certain, however, is the one crucial element he doesn’t have is the commitment to run a franchise. By the time a deal would close he’d be off on the next goofy enterprise…genetically engineering unicorns or something like that.

  6. snoopysnoopy13 says: Oct 15, 2010 5:10 AM

    Let’s see, this moron has (at various times) insisted on being called “PuffDaddy”, “Puffy”, “P Diddy” and other similarly idiotic names, and you think he’s worthy of owning his own team??
    Sure, and so does Mike Tyson and O.J.
    PS
    I love how his type espouses the Jesus stuff when it’s convenient, yet the lyrics to some of his
    “songs” (and I’m using that word very loosely)
    have enough curse words to make a sailor blush.

  7. Nsblend says: Oct 15, 2010 5:59 AM

    LOL not a bad idea… If AL Davis can do it anyone can. Players would definately want to play for Diddy. He should buy the Bills/Jags and move them to LA.

  8. shaunypoo says: Oct 15, 2010 6:56 AM

    I think he would probably be a pretty good owner as he has some good business savvy, but I can see whatever team he owns totally sucking as he is spending all his spare time in the locker room after overpaying to get some friends on the team.
    And what is he going to say when no one wants to sell their football team right now?

  9. TheDPR says: Oct 15, 2010 7:02 AM

    “Combs, 40, likely has the money, the business savvy, and the creativity to pull it off.”
    By majority owner, that means at least 51% of a team, right? Aren’t we talking, then, something like 400-600 MILLION dollars?
    How does a singer/rapper get THAT much money? I knew he was rich but damn!

  10. prmpft says: Oct 15, 2010 7:13 AM

    …unleash the comedy!!!…

  11. ejtowne says: Oct 15, 2010 7:15 AM

    Sean (puffy) Combs will want ownership of one of the NY teams either the Jets or the Giants. I doubt he would be willing to put his money into any other team in the NFL. He is a New Yorker.

  12. whooligun says: Oct 15, 2010 7:22 AM

    His would be the first team to play on “natural grass”.

  13. NFLMMAfan says: Oct 15, 2010 7:22 AM

    Sure. Why not.
    He’ll step up half time show

  14. joetoronto says: Oct 15, 2010 7:25 AM

    vbe says: October 15, 2010 4:35 AM
    The owners would never approve him.
    *********************************************************
    And rightfully so.
    http://crime.about.com/od/famousdiduno/ig/mugshots_rap_hip_rb/rap_puffymugshot.htm

  15. RugDaniels says: Oct 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    Raiders seem like a fit. They’re a joke anyway, he can’t do much more damage too them. I agree with vbe, Combs may have the cash, but he won’t get approved by the league. There are probably quite a few people out there with the money to obtain a franchise that wouldn’t be as controversial as Diddy.

  16. john says: Oct 15, 2010 7:28 AM

    buy the Bucs, please

  17. Cerberus says: Oct 15, 2010 7:30 AM

    Wait for it . . . wait for it . . . just wait a little longer, and some idiot will surely suggest the Raiders; a team that is not for sale.

  18. Cerberus says: Oct 15, 2010 7:35 AM

    Wait for it . . . wait for it . . . just wait a little longer, and some idiot will surely suggest the Raiders; a team that is not for sale.

  19. BigBear123 says: Oct 15, 2010 7:41 AM

    I don’t think Christ really cares what he does with his money.

  20. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 15, 2010 7:42 AM

    cmon that would just turn the league into a more thuggish central! Bringing loaded guns to the owners meetings!!! lmao it kinda reminds me of when master p used to go on wcw wrestling to try to “improve ratings”!! THE NFL ALREADY HAS ENOUGH CRIMS OWNING TEAMS!

  21. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 15, 2010 7:48 AM

    does anyone else think that he would fit right in with the crack, felons, and “hollywood” types of the 1993 gang banger dallas cowgirls? seems like the two have lots in common!

  22. fiveiron says: Oct 15, 2010 8:07 AM

    I’m sure “Puff Daddy” would insist on a grass field, and hire another “Puff Daddy,” Ricky Williams, as his featured back.

  23. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 15, 2010 8:19 AM

    I would be surprised if he has enough money to buy a team. We’ll see, because there are at least a few teams that are on the market.

  24. jm82985 says: Oct 15, 2010 8:20 AM

    Can’t be any worse than Mike Brown!

  25. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Oct 15, 2010 8:25 AM

    PJoke has a gun charge on his record. Zero chance the owners approve him.
    NEXT

  26. tian says: Oct 15, 2010 8:40 AM

    Uh, Sean Combs got money, but not “NFL Owner” money. Seriously.
    Don’t let the music videos fool you: Sean Combs is a boss, but also an employee.

  27. BBB82 says: Oct 15, 2010 8:41 AM

    I think Sean/Puff/Pdiddy/etc should just stick to ripping off 80′s songs.

  28. hey-seuss says: Oct 15, 2010 8:48 AM

    TheDPR says:
    October 15, 2010 7:02 AM
    “Combs, 40, likely has the money, the business savvy, and the creativity to pull it off.”
    By majority owner, that means at least 51% of a team, right? Aren’t we talking, then, something like 400-600 MILLION dollars?
    How does a singer/rapper get THAT much money? I knew he was rich but damn!
    ————————————————–
    WAKE UP!

  29. jaguarbonesflorio says: Oct 15, 2010 8:48 AM

    But let’s make sure the “evil” Rush Limbaugh can’t be a majority owner because of misquotes. Whereas, I have Puffy cd’s sealing his mis-statements for the past 10 years or so.

  30. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 15, 2010 8:49 AM

    I think the guy would make a good owner. But make no mistake about it, he would move whatever team he bought to somewhere like L.A. I can see him buying the Bills or the Jaguars and moving the team. He is a NYC guy but he doesnt have that kind of capital and those teams would never be for sale.
    Players would definitely want to play for him. He wouldnt be a frugal owner. I can see him being similar to Mark Cuban. That to me means they wont approve him lol

  31. georgeanderson says: Oct 15, 2010 8:56 AM

    Players don’t care who their owner is, most of the time they are absentee. I would love to see a reporter ask the players on a team to name their team owner. Half most likely wouldn’t know who signs their paycheck.
    Sean Combs, is a smart business man. You can’t hide that, so to think that he would be a “thug”, the character that is portrayed on MTV, is moronic. Those are all acts to sell products.Behind closed doors, he knows how to sell and make money. And any team he gets involved with , be sure that they will be the ones that could potentially be in LA.

  32. burntorangehorn says: Oct 15, 2010 8:59 AM

    What is it with rappers and the need to try to corner both the sports and entertainment markets? I never saw Bob Dylan bid to own the Chargers.

  33. boysandnoles says: Oct 15, 2010 9:27 AM

    You wake up and try to think that this world is trying to get better. But when you ignorant ass idiots such as some of you that have posted then you know this world is not going to get better any time soon. All I am reading is racist statements. This man is a business man. He is an entertainer. He is no different than any other. He portrays something in order to move a product. You want to talk about the criminal charges fine, mind you he has never been convicted of any felony. I know its easy for some of you to get on the internet and play cyber tough guys when the reality is you are some loser that looks a tranny porn and play with your penis because you have no social skills to talk to women. Go get your life together.

  34. Colemorgan says: Oct 15, 2010 9:32 AM

    Why such hate for a man that has had a positive influence in his community? You call him a thug but what thug has raised over a million dollars for local NYC charities? What thug has created inner city youth programs and has donated generously to NYC public schools? If this man wants a football team, I think we should support him…why do we turn on our fellow americans when they dare to dream bigger than us?

  35. wtf__seriously says: Oct 15, 2010 10:05 AM

    Maybe he can join J Lo and the rest of the crew and start as a part owner of the Dolphins. Baby steps…

  36. NYGBALLn says: Oct 15, 2010 10:10 AM

    I don’t care if diddy wants to own a football team, if he had the money I would fully support it. None of you are in a position to tell him how to spend his money.
    HOWEVER, there is no chance he has anywhere close to $400 million (the low end cost estimate of 51% ownership) just laying around to buy a team. I dont want to sound like all the other people who whine about your journalism skills but just use logic. Dude hasn’t had a true star artist in 15 years. Google it at least, in 2007 it says his net worth was $315 million. Thats pre-recession. In this economy he might be able to take out a loan for half of his net worth which puts him about $300 million short of buying a 51% stake in the cheapest team in the league.

  37. cornflorio says: Oct 15, 2010 10:17 AM

    # TheDPR says: October 15, 2010 7:02 AM
    “Combs, 40, likely has the money, the business savvy, and the creativity to pull it off.”
    By majority owner, that means at least 51% of a team, right? Aren’t we talking, then, something like 400-600 MILLION dollars?
    How does a singer/rapper get THAT much money? I knew he was rich but damn!
    —————————————————-
    Dude he’s a mogul. The rapper/singer thing was just a side project that, he had no intention of getting into. Biggie Smalls convinced him to do some tracks. But make no mistake, this guy owns a label, a highly successful fashion line, and numerous other ventures that have panned out. Combs, like Jay-Z, is a business man. I hope he buys the Bills, or Buccaneers, or Cardinals and turns that franchise around. He’s smart enough to do it.

  38. Cereal Blogger says: Oct 15, 2010 10:20 AM

    I want to own a team also but I only make 30K a year

  39. Jimmy says: Oct 15, 2010 10:31 AM

    He should do more movies instead. He was hilarious in Made.

  40. bugslayer says: Oct 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    Diddy is a great business man no doubt. Indeed he uses his thug persona to sell music, videos, and concerts. But the rub is the NFL is trying to de-thug their image. Mike Vick? Plaxico? Rae Carruth? the image that made him rich will be the image that prevents him from being an owner

  41. steelerdynasty says: Oct 15, 2010 10:46 AM

    Glorified hype man! a very rich one, but nonetheless a glorified hype man. Name me 5 RELEVANT Bad Boy artists….drawing a blank? i thought so. he’s “made a band” about 5 times now and NONE of them are worth a damn. he’s a leech. he will suck the team dry, show up at events, and tell anyone who will listen that he owns an nfl team, and then when the team begins to fail miserable under his ownership, he’ll try to sell. but that lucky team’s marketing machine will be one to be envied. like i said, the man’s a human hype machine, but beyond that….GOOD LUCK

  42. Clevelander says: Oct 15, 2010 10:47 AM

    Remember back in 1996, when this guy was actually relevant?

  43. steelerdynasty says: Oct 15, 2010 11:03 AM

    @Colemorgan:
    in what positive way is he able to afford all this charity? through misogynistic lyrics filled with profanity, a glorification of violence, sex, drugs, etc. peddled and pushed to young children (mostly because intelligent adults know better)? c’mon man, get serious. not to mention the way he cheats his artists from actually making any money off of THEIR WORK. do a lil research and you’ll see what i mean (from the mouths of the artists themselves, not just rumor and innuendo). he’s a joke, but one with tremendous influence and as i said in my previous post, he’s one helluva hype man and marketing “genius”

  44. CChavez85 says: Oct 15, 2010 11:04 AM

    “tian says:
    October 15, 2010 8:40 AM
    Uh, Sean Combs got money, but not “NFL Owner” money. Seriously.
    Don’t let the music videos fool you: Sean Combs is a boss, but also an employee.”
    ————————————————–
    An employee? Haha. Dude is the CEO of both Bad Boy records and Sean Jean clothing line. In 2006 his estimated net worth was $346 Million.

  45. PlayMaker88 says: Oct 15, 2010 11:29 AM

    Net worth around $350 mill…Not quite enough BUT with 50 Cent who’s net is about $440 THEY could do it. Wealth is new to blacks in this country and so is this type of business opportunity. I personally would like to see some black owners in the NFL and I’m sure the players would too.

  46. Dixon29 says: Oct 15, 2010 11:39 AM

    Anyone questioning if he has enough money is a fool. The guy is a money-making machine. He has been making millions since 1994. That is sixteen years of making money hand over fist.
    The criminal record will ultimately hurt him though, but in time he very well may be the first majority black owner.

  47. HateSycophants says: Oct 15, 2010 11:41 AM

    This story is one of the best examples of keyboard bigots running their (fingers) mouths without know what the hell they’re talking about. If you have or are worth somewhere in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars, you can be majority owner of something worth in the the neighborhood of 1 billion dollars. Just ask your neighbor how he was able to buy a trailer worth 50K when his net worth is only 30k. See?
    Pathetic.

  48. JimmySmith says: Oct 15, 2010 1:01 PM

    He would trade for Randy Moss so that he could upgrade his weed supplier.
    then hire McKinnie for his personal body guard, nobody wants to mess with a metal pipe upside the head.
    then he could swap bitches with BrINT Favre, I am not sure why Puff Daddy would want Childress but BrINT wouldn’t mind getting some of that sweet chocolate action except for that they are expecting more in the Junk dept than BrINT could ever deliver.
    Hell, just buy the Vikings.

  49. 7th Heaven says: Oct 15, 2010 1:09 PM

    @ TheDPR:
    Dude, read a Forbes magazine once in a while. Puffy has been one of the richest men in America for a while now. It’s not like it just happened last week.
    As far as how’d he get that much money!! Well, let’s see. His own fragrance, clothes line, record company, endorsements to name a few.
    I doubt he’d be a great owner with all of his other interests but I definitely know he has the cash to buy one.

  50. aligreene says: Oct 15, 2010 1:13 PM

    clothes,music,cognac,movies,music catalog,tv shows 400million people if they ever paid attention to pop culture would know 400 million is whats he worth or more ……………..just un in formed people not knowing the businesses this man is involved in

  51. Buckster222 says: Oct 15, 2010 1:46 PM

    You white boys are so damn jealous! If you should learn anything from this article it’s the fact that dreams do come true, if you keep pursuing and achieving truly sky is the limit! Oh, it also states you don’t have to have white skin to be validated! HATERSINHOODS!!!!!!

  52. CChavez85 says: Oct 15, 2010 1:59 PM

    Just a run-down on what he’s done in the past, for those of you who think he’s not business-savvy:
    -Founder and CEO of Bad Boy Records
    -Founder and CEO of Sean Jean Clothing Line
    -Owner/CEO of the upscale restaurant chain “Justin’s”
    -Acquired and now owns Enyce Clothing Line from Liz Clairborne
    -Currently partnered with Diageo in a multi-year deal to develop and sponsor Ciroc Vodka, and is entitled to 50% profit.

  53. rbais2 says: Oct 15, 2010 2:12 PM

    Maybe he can “mind-f**k” (reference from the movie he was in this past summer, “Get Him to the Greek”) an owner to sell the team.

  54. tlowe52 says: Oct 15, 2010 2:13 PM

    As a Bills fan, I hope Diddy does buy the team from Ralph Wilson, Jr. only because Diddy is East Coast and therefore would more than likely keep the team here, or at the very least he wouldn’t move them too far away.

  55. jaypeso says: Oct 15, 2010 2:13 PM

    Since when has Diddy been a thug. Do the people posting that he is a thug listen to rap? I would take a gander and say no.

  56. nothing says: Oct 15, 2010 2:27 PM

    He would be a good owner, anyone other than Al Davis would be a good owner. He found a way to make millions of dollars, pretty sure he can find a way to become majority owner of a football team and make it successful.
    You always see teams in the NFL not do good for years and always rebuild, so I’m pretty sure Combs would be up to the challenge. In the end he is a business man and in the NFL thats just part of the game.
    There’s always a team for sale in the NFL if the price is right let’s say Oakland, Buffalo, Jaguars, or maybe a new franchise in L.A.

  57. UpstateMike says: Oct 15, 2010 2:43 PM

    As a Bills fan, there is no way I want this guy as the owner. If it has been determined that Rush Limbaugh is unfit to be an owner, than this guy has no business being an owner.

  58. virtueandvice says: Oct 15, 2010 4:09 PM

    Well, he’s already ruined hip hop. Let him buy the Bills.

  59. C-Student says: Oct 15, 2010 4:55 PM

    UpstateMike says:
    October 15, 2010 2:43 PM
    As a Bills fan, there is no way I want this guy as the owner. If it has been determined that Rush Limbaugh is unfit to be an owner, than this guy has no business being an owner.
    _____________
    first of all, i’m sorry you’re a bills fan. you have my sympathies.
    i dont see your correlation between a racist, pill popping, draft dodging, hypocrite and a man who dances and makes mostly bad, but some good music.
    other than their inflated bank accounts, they have nothing in common. mr combs isnt a dangerous man, he just plays one in his videos. mr limbaugh is a very dangerous man and he has ignorant sheep like you fooled into thinking he has the country’s best interests at heart.
    free yourselves from the propaganda. read a book not written by bill oreilly or sarah palin once in a while children.

  60. Steve W. says: Oct 15, 2010 5:27 PM

    # TheDPR says: October 15, 2010 7:02 AM
    “Combs, 40, likely has the money, the business savvy, and the creativity to pull it off.”
    By majority owner, that means at least 51% of a team, right? Aren’t we talking, then, something like 400-600 MILLION dollars?
    How does a singer/rapper get THAT much money? I knew he was rich but damn!
    ______________________
    He’s a whole lot more than a singer/rapper. While I’m not really a fan of his music, that was more of a side gig for him. It was just a way for him to get some of the attention for himself that he helped others get. He started out (and remains) a music producer. He has his own record label, a successful clothing line, and God only knows how many other business ventures. Odds are, he’d have the money to buy a majority stake in a number of teams (and he could get a whole lot of financial backing if he doesn’t want to use up too much of his assets directly). Furthermore, his media skills would likely make him a valuable ally for the other owners. If he were willing to work with the other owners and play by the rules, I could see them welcoming him into the fold one day…assuming someone was willing to sell. Then again, if they view him as being another Mark Cuban type, then there’s no way he gets a team. Personally, I think Cuban would make a great owner, but the other owners don’t want someone who is too much of a maverick.

  61. Steve W. says: Oct 15, 2010 5:36 PM

    # jaguarbonesflorio says: October 15, 2010 8:48 AM
    But let’s make sure the “evil” Rush Limbaugh can’t be a majority owner because of misquotes. Whereas, I have Puffy cd’s sealing his mis-statements for the past 10 years or so.
    _________________________________
    Those weren’t misquotes, unless you call printing the exact word for word transcript a misquote. Not saying the guy is a racist. I don’t know him personally. He has made a living, however, of saying some fairly extreme things with the intent of getting people angry. Why? Because that means more listeners. The people who don’t like the people he attacks become loyal to him, and a lot of the people he attacks listen so that they can attack him for attacking them. Limbaugh is just another attention whore, but he knows how to get rich off of it. Having said that, when you’ve said some things that come across as attacking African-Americans as publicly as Limbaugh has, it’s no surprise that you’d have trouble buying a team in a sport that depends so heavily on African-American athletes. While many of the owners may not be the most progressive people in the world, they too are smart businessmen, and they know it doesn’t pay to go out of your way to alienate the talent.

  62. Steve W. says: Oct 15, 2010 5:39 PM

    # tian says: October 15, 2010 8:40 AM
    Uh, Sean Combs got money, but not “NFL Owner” money. Seriously.
    Don’t let the music videos fool you: Sean Combs is a boss, but also an employee.
    ________________________________
    Don’t let the fact that he makes videos fool you. Sean Combs the performer is the hobby, not the occupation. Combs is a music producer/king maker, who owns his own record label, popular clothing line, and any number of other businesses. The Rapper thing is something he does for fun and attention. It’s not where his real money comes from.

  63. Steve W. says: Oct 15, 2010 5:45 PM

    For people asking how much money could Sean Combs ask, just did a quick google search.
    “Combs’ net worth was estimated at US $346 million in 2006.”
    Who knows what it is now, but that’s still quite a bit. Is it enough to buy the majority stake in an NFL team, probably not. That ignores one big factor, however. When you have that kind of money, it’s a whole lot easier to get others to let you use their money. Combs could easily put together a group of partners/investors/financiers that would allow him to put together a nice proposal. Not saying the owners would approve it, but he could come up with the offer. The gun charge would be the big impediment.

  64. Steve W. says: Oct 15, 2010 5:56 PM

    mr combs isnt a dangerous man, he just plays one in his videos
    _____________________________________
    He doesn’t even play dangerous all that well. It was some of the artists on his label that pulled off the dangerous image well. Equating Combs with being a thug based on the behavior of some of his talent is like saying the Mara family is a bunch of child molesters because LT is one of their all-time on the field greats. You can’t always equate the boss with the employee. Combs signed thugs to his label because their records sold (the majority of sales being to white suburban kids ironically).

  65. Raiders757 says: Oct 15, 2010 6:57 PM

    I can’t stand the man’s music one single bit, but I do have to give the guy credit. Like others have mentioned, he was smart enough to take his wealth and invest it into other ventures. He was smart enough to do what so many athletes fail to do, and that is invest in your future. His investments have turned him into a much wealthier man than he would have been had he just sat back and lived off what he made churning out the terrible music he he suckered so many into buying.
    I am willing to bet that he does have the money to invest in a team, but I would have question whether it would be such a smart move. Sooner or later the NFL bubble is going to burst, as it seems to have reached it’s peak, or is nearing it.

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