Tom Brady Now Owns a Half Of Pickleball

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Tom Brady is not identified for his dink pictures however that will quickly change.

The NFL legend is becoming a member of a brand new Main League Pickleball (MLP) possession group that features former worldwide tennis champion Kim Clijsters, CNBC reported Wednesday. TB12 joins fellow high athletes like LeBron James as a pickleball staff proprietor, and his funding is the most recent indicator that pickleball is quickly evolving from a pandemic fad right into a severe sport.

A Fairly Pickle

Pickleball was invented in 1965 by a gaggle of dads determined to maintain their children entertained. They cobbled collectively some random sports activities tools along with the top consequence being a mashup of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. The sport has its devotees, together with Microsoft founder Invoice Gates who has been enjoying for many years, however has remained pretty obscure.

Since 2014, nevertheless, when the Sports activities and Health Trade Affiliation first began protecting monitor of it, pickleball grew steadily earlier than exploding throughout the pandemic. The variety of new pickleballers surged 40% between 2019 and 2021, making it the fastest-growing sport within the US with 4.8 million gamers. MLP relishes the prospect to capitalize. Brady and Clijsters fashioned their possession group with Knighthead Capital, and whereas MLP is staying coy about precisely how a lot it prices to turn into an proprietor, one MLP advisor informed CNBC it was within the “seven-figure vary.” MLP has a transparent technique for its subsequent development section:

  • MLP needs to broaden its pool of groups from 12 to 16, and double the quantity of annual occasions it holds from three to 6. Extra video games means extra tickets, extra advert house… and extra pickles.
  • Elevated funding additionally means MLP can proceed to beef up its prize cash pot and entice skilled gamers. MLP introduced the largest prize cash ever for a 4-player staff in Might; a grand prize of $100,000 or $25,000 per head. For comparability, a professional tennis doubles participant who wins the US Open will get $344,000.

Pickle Poaching: Pickleball is already engaging some gamers away from different sports activities. Former junior Wimbledon champion Noah Rubin introduced Monday he is turning to pickleball. Rubin joked the tennis courtroom was just too huge for his brief stature (he is 5’9″) “On this sport,” Rubin quipped. “Dimension does not matter.”

Not everyone seems to be pro-pickleball: The game’s sudden reputation and the resultant demand for house has led to a whole lot of heated back-and-forths. Gothamist reported some residents of New York’s West Village went as far as to prepare a petition calling to finish what they noticed as a pickleball “takeover” of courts and playgrounds. The petition garnered 3,000 signatures together with one picklish skateboarding teacher who claimed he was being pushed out by “Yuppie pickle gamers.”