William Leonard Roberts II, popularly known by his stage name Rick Ross, is seemingly stopping at nothing to live up to his magnanimous hustler reputation and bossy lifestyle. In a recent interview with TV mogul Angie Martinez, the Maybach Music Group (MMG) founder revealed that he is interested in spreading his business tentacles to the ownership of an NFL franchise.
After being reportedly interested in buying “a small percentage of the Dolphins for a long time”, the Miami Dolphins management finally invited him for a discussion of prospectively doing business with them. They probably know that the only way to improve their NFL odds in the coming seasons is by getting a healthy dose of cash, but while the nitty gritties of the deal are yet to be revealed publicly, the 2012 MTV’s hottest MC in the Game told Martinez that the discussions in the Dolphins’ office “was a real positive conversation.”
If the deal goes through, as it is highly hoped for, Rick Ross will join the elite group of rich celebrities that fully or partly own sports franchises, most notably Will Smith and Jada Pinkitt Smith (own a stake of the Philadelphia 76ers), Jay Z (owns the New Jersey Nets), Nelly and Michael Jordan (part owners of the Charlotte Bobcats), Russell Crowe (purchased the National Rugby League team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs) and Usher (bought a stake of the Cleveland Cavaliers).
Even more interestingly, Ross imminent shareholding at the Miami Dolphins will make him join a celebrity-studded list of part owners of the NFL team. Some of these Dolphins’ part owners include Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Marc Anthony, Wayne Huizenga, Fergie, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Stephen Ross.
According to the 38 year old rapper and songwriter, who will be dropping his next album Hood Billionaire on Nov. 24, 2014, the Dolphins will decide when the move is finalized. To the Hiphop community, most of whom are diehard football fans, the move is enchantingly welcomed, especially because it is a true sign of sportsmanship from Rick Ross who was born and bred in Miami. For the Dolphins, this will of course be a great business step and an opportunity to better the team, going by their recent financial shake-ups that have hindered them from competing at the very highest levels with other financially stable teams.