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Giannis Antetokounmpo acquires minority stake in MLS outfit Nashville SC

SoccerNews in MLS 2 Mar 2023

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers are among a new set of minority investors to acquire a stake in Major League Soccer side Nashville SC.

The two-time NBA MVP, alongside his Milwaukee Bucks team-mate Thanasis and other siblings Kostas and Alex, are the latest sports stars to buy into an MLS outfit.

The terms of the stake acquired by the quartet, who are joined by Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg in becoming investors into the Tennessee franchise, has not been disclosed.

In a statement, Giannis confirmed his excitement to come on board with the team, who finished fifth in the Western Conference last season before a first-round playoff exit to LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup.

“My father was a professional soccer player, and it was the first sport I fell in love with in Greece,” he told ESPN.

“I’ve always had the dream of owning a soccer team. When my brothers and I explored Nashville SC, we knew it was a team and a city that we wanted to get involved with.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Boys in Gold, and can’t wait to come to a match at GEODIS Park soon.”

The Antetokounmpo brothers and Forsberg join previous high-profile investors in Nashville, including actress Reese Witherspoon and Tennessee running back Derrick Henry.

Other famed sportspeople with stakes in MLS outfits include Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant, who owns five per cent of the Philadelphia Union.

Philadelphia 76ers man James Harden also is a minority investor in the Houston Dynamo, while Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has a stake in the Seattle Sounders.

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