June 5 – Basketball star Kevin Durant has become the latest celebrity to acquire a stake in an MLS franchise, having reportedly invested in the Philadelphia Union.
Durant, whose day job is with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, has long held the ambition to own a major league sports franchise and had previously linked to D.C United. His stake in the Philadelphia Union is believed to be between 1-3% and values the franchise at about $450 million.
Durant is a partner in Thirty Five Ventures, a business he co-founded with Rich Kleiman. It is unclear if he invested in the Philadelphia Union in a personal capacity or whether the investment is through this business.
Durant joins a growing list of athletes who have invested or shown interest in MLS franchises. Recently, Houston Rockets star James Harden became a member of the Houston Dynamo ownership group.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Grammy-winning musician Ciara, invested in the Seattle Sounders while Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra are part of the LAFC ownership group.
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