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Count Tom Brady and Kim Clijsters as some of the current and
former professional athletes that own pickleball teams. The
Wall Street Journal recently reported their investment in Major League
Pickleball as part of larger ownership group that includes
Knighthead Capital Management LLC, a registered investment adviser
based in New York.
Kevin Durant and his investment business, 35 Ventures, also became the owner of a Major League Pickleball
expansion team in recent weeks. Other pickleball team owners that
you would likely recognize are current NBA players LeBron James and
Draymond Green, former NFL quarterback Drew Brees, and former
professional tennis player James Blake.
Founded in 2021, Major
League Pickleball will expand to 16 teams in 2023 and expects
prize money will surpass $2 million next season.
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