Is Jay-Z working toward becoming an NFL owner?

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When Jay-Z decided to launch a sports agency six years ago, a well-connected league insider explained Jay-Z’s ambition in simple terms: He wants to own a team.

Today’s deal with the NFL nudges Jay-Z far closer to that goal, if that indeed is the objective. He now has a formal relationship with the league, giving other owners a chance to get to know him well, naturally allowing the development of a familiarity that most potential owners never have when they show up and try to buy a team.

Jay-Z also has a chance to build up plenty of goodwill with owners, especially if the arrangement between NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has anything to do with, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has connected the dots, the 2017 comments from Bills owner Terry Pegula that the NFL needs a Charlton Heston-style spokesman to “promote all of the good things” that the league and its players are doing in the area of social justice and racial equality. If Jay-Z becomes that spokesman, he builds intangible equity in his quest to eventually acquire tangible equity in an NFL franchise.

Of course, it takes a lot of money to serve as a team’s majority owner, and Jay-Z’s estimated net worth of $1 billion would not be nearly enough to both own the minimum percentage required to be controlling owner, and to pay the various bills that need to be paid in order to keep the business functioning.

Perhaps Jay-Z would start as a Jon Bon Jovi-style owner, serving as the face of the group while the person with the controlling share opts to stay in the shadows, honoring the maxim that the only thing better than being rich and famous is being rich.

Regardless, there’s almost always a bigger play when a big deal like this is announced. And Jay-Z’s end game may continue to be what some thought it was in 2013: To eventually own an NFL team.

49 responses to “Is Jay-Z working toward becoming an NFL owner?

  1. He probably should have held on to his stake in the Nets considering what they just sold for.

  2. It’s funny how that old saying of ‘money talks and BS walks’ just holds true in every day life. Here’s another one ‘actions speak louder than words’. JayZ’s words were very much against the owners and for Colin K in the recent past, but then they waived a whole wad of cash in his face and his actions did a 180.

    Money talks, BS walks.

  3. He will buy a basketball team before a football team. A few billionaires like him and vouch for him already. NFL is a high ticket but with billionaire friends its possible.

  4. In an earlier post i ragged on him. Hes a fine writer, not a real musicisn, but he is one hell of a businessman. Honestly i wouldnt mind him as an owner. Hes gotta be better than half the owners in the league.

  5. it kind of boggles the mind when you actually see it in writing. having a net worth of A BILLION DOLLARS isn’t nearly as wealthy as you need to be to own an NFL franchise. politics aside, thats obscene.

  6. Well, if the replies on yesterday’s story about the NFL/Roc Nation partnership are of any indication, get ready for the “If he buys my team, I’m done with the NFL” comments.

    People here don’t want a black man producing the SB halftime show. Imagine what would happen if Jay-Z actually became their teams owner.

    For the record, I’m a middle aged, white Republican.

  7. The NFL is really having trouble making money, definitely need Jay Z to help them, LOL! In seriousness, the conflict of interest of representing players to multiple teams, working with the NFL, and then also being an owner should preclude JayZ from being an owner.

  8. …pay the various bills that need to be paid in order to keep the business functioning.

    Don’t the teams make enough money to pay those bills? It doesn’t all go into salaries.

  9. “He’s a former drug dealer, surely the NFL doesn’t want any part of his shenanigans.”

    Woody Johnson is part of the Johnson & Johnson family, one of the largest opiate dealers in history.

  10. Just what you want, a dude that used to sling crack now owning an nfl team. Boy that’s a good look.

  11. Wow, most of you are blind and ignorant. Wealthy men in suits of a certain race are and have been a detriment to society way more than a so called drug dealer Jay-Z. Do us all a favor and go study the history of this country.

  12. This guy worked his way up from project kid, to businessman, to business….man. All of the negative comments are just jealousy and/or bigotry. I would love to see him bring some entertainment to the owners box. Isn’t anyone else tired of these wrinkled old Mr. Potters running things?

  13. Get lost Jay Z and get this social justice agitation bullcrap out of the league. Two years ago the league upset its most dedicated followers who for decades pumped a ton of money into the sport. The response was empty seats and low ratings and an avalanche of absolute die hard fans burning jerseys, giving up season tickets, giving the league the finger forever. It’s got to take a mistake so staggeringly stupid to get those folks to turn their backs on the NFL, and yet they did. Last year the kneeling America/Cop haters were relegated to the tunnels and locker rooms (and in general there was less of this riff raff around) and guess what, ratings and attendance went up. Again, they want to force feed this stuff to us again? The league has to be very careful about who they tick off

  14. All for the $ Jay z that’s what America is free enterprise and he is gerting more of his share.
    But please no the NFL does not need him as an owner…..clown show side show. We have enough NFL team owners who shouldn’t have a team.
    And this one would be a complete catastrophe.

  15. derekgorgonstar says:
    August 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm
    Just what you want, a dude that used to sling crack now owning an nfl team. Boy that’s a good look.
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    *used* to. Smart men growing out of extreme poverty to become influential businessmen and leaders is LITERALLY the story of America. Any true conservative would admire the heck out of Jay.

  16. ESPN reported last night Jay Z consulted Colin Kaepernick about his deal with the NFL. So that means more bad news for the NFL.
    It means the NFL is caving in to these radicals who are turning the NFL into a platform for political crap.
    I tune into the NFL to watch the games. I do not turn it on to hear about a certain segment’s political views.
    If this goes the way I think it will go — and by being a staunch supporter of Kaepernick it’s obvious that’s Jay Z’s intentions — I will be no longer watching the NFL. There are plenty of other things to do rather than waste my time with this biased attack on law enforcement, our flag, and our National anthem.
    Last night 6 cops were shot in Philadelphia. Let’s sit back and see where the outrage about that comes from. I doubt very seriously it will include these NFL players. We all know how they feel about cops.

  17. Taking Jay-Z out of it, it’s weird of the NFL to bring a single company in to handle entertainment and to “inspire change in education and economic advancement; police and community relations; and criminal justice reform.” Seems like two different specialties.

  18. Considering his past there’s a 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% chance he is ever anything more than a “celebrity” owner. One of those public faces, but when you look into the team finances they own like 0.25%.

    The other owners will not want to be associated with a former drug dealer no matter how much he has changed since fame.

  19. Jay-Z should buy the San Di—err Los Angeles Chargers and bring them back to San Diego. Problem is Jay-Z doesn’t have enough money to pay off the current “re-location” fee of $650 million and add a new “re-location” fee of $650 million PLUS the cost of the franchise. Spanos and the NFL are stuck with a massive business screw-up.

  20. Instead of worrying about over inflated, costly halftime garbage how ‘but they spend that money taking care of the players from the 50s thru 80s? And save your breath if you are one of those that wants to post “No connection between football and CTE”, it will just show how uninformed you are. Go do some research on Jim Kiick, Nick Buonocontti, Jim McMahon, John Mackey, Ken Stabler, Dave Duerson, Junior Seau et al…

  21. No he’s just working on making sure the Super Bowl Halftime gets worse every year.

    You can bet the house he’ll never book Metallica or Foo Fighters.
    He’s rather book the Grambling Marching Band and Sinbad before booking that “rocknroll” noise.

  22. Billy Brah says:
    August 14, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    “Get lost Jay Z and get this social justice agitation bullcrap out of the league. Two years ago the league upset its most dedicated followers who for decades pumped a ton of money into the sport. The response was empty seats and low ratings and an avalanche of absolute die hard fans burning jerseys, giving up season tickets, giving the league the finger forever. It’s got to take a mistake so staggeringly stupid to get those folks to turn their backs on the NFL, and yet they did. Last year the kneeling America/Cop haters were relegated to the tunnels and locker rooms (and in general there was less of this riff raff around) and guess what, ratings and attendance went up. Again, they want to force feed this stuff to us again? The league has to be very careful about who they tick off”
    You speak for yourself and you weren’t missed. If people are so emotional they burn their high priced jerseys it says more about their lack of rationality than anything else. BTW I’m a VV.

  23. nationalmediacansuckit says:
    August 14, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    Wow, most of you are blind and ignorant. Wealthy men in suits of a certain race are and have been a detriment to society way more than a so called drug dealer Jay-Z. Do us all a favor and go study the history of this country.

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    I wish that you would study the history of our great nation. If you did you’d realize that Wealthy men in suits of a certain race were the reason why in under 200 years the USA became the most successful and powerful country in the world. Their personal wealth powered the industrial revolution in America. Their personal wealth powered the rise of the middle class. Their personal wealth generated jobs and taxes so America could afford all the entitlements that it hands out.

  24. @minerslung

    I’m not a big rap/hip hop fan but Jay Z is one of the greatest rappers of all time and I like his old music and he’s definitely the greatest of this generation.

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