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Ciara And Russell Wilson Join MLS Seattle Sounders' Ownership Group

The couple joins 20 other investors.

As a day she'll always hold near, Ciara announced her and husband Russell Wilson's co-ownership of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders franchise (Aug. 13). According to the Associated Press, the couple joins 20 other investors.

"@DangeRussWilson and I are fired up to announce we are Team Owners of the Seattle @SoundersFC one of the best soccer franchises in the world!" she began. "We can't wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer! Family is everything! Football and Futbol is Family!"

The group consists of Seattle native Macklemore, a few of Microsoft's top executives, Pandora's former CEO Brian McAndrews, Softbank's managing partner Mark Agne, and David Nathanson, a former Fox Sports executive.

In June 2018, the Wilsons expressed interest in taking a stake in another sports outlet. According to ESPN, the pair planned to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland, Ore., joining the Portland Diamond Project as partners to see it come to fruition.

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Jay-Z To Reportedly Become Part Owner Of NFL Team

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jay-Z and the NFL, and it seems that the relationship could run deeper than their recently announced partnership. According to TMZ Sports, Jay is in line to own a “significant” portion of an NFL team.

Although it's unclear which team he plans to purchase, a source told the website that the deal is expected to be secured in the “near future.” The Brooklyn native allegedly wants to buy into a team because he’s a “huge fan” of the league, and already works in the business by way of his Roc Nation Sports imprint.

The source added that Hov “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” and that the deal doesn't conflict with him owning a sports agency because he's not involved in the “operations of NFL players” on the Roc Nation roster.

Jay previously owned a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which he sold in 2013. The timing of the potential team purchase comes as Jay continues to receive backlash after formally announcing his collaboration with the league. The decision to partner with the NFL was “partially motivated” by Jay’s desire to own a team, according to Bleacher Report.

During a press conference alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week, Jay was asked if Colin Kapernick (who remains without a job in the NFL after launching a protest against police brutality) knew about the partnership. Jay initially told reporters that he spoke with Kapernick about working with the NFL but the athlete's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, denied that the conversation took place. She also expressed her disappointment with how the partnership is being promoted.

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in social justice,” Nessa told Hot 97 Wednesday (Aug. 14). “I don’t mind you doing a business deal, but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.”

 

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Jay-Z And Roc Nation Partner With The NFL

Jay-Z, Roc Nation, and the National Football League (NFL) have officially joined forces. The New York Times reports (Aug. 14) that Jay-Z and his team will consult on the Super Bowl halftime show with plans to usher in high-level talent to perform at the events. Roc Nation will also be a part of the league's premier social initiatives.

The inked deal raises concerns as Jay-Z has been considered one of Colin Kaepernick's most vocal supporters. Kaepernick has yet to land with a team, spanning 895 days after peacefully protesting social injustice by kneeling during the National Anthem at the beginning of football games. Hov's new role will also allow him to be deeply rooted in the league's social justice campaign "Inspire Change," which donates "money to groups fighting justice reform, opportunities in economically challenged areas and better relations between local communities," as reported by the Times. 

"The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive," the 4:44 rapper told the Times. "They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good."

"We don't want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I think that's a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally."

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Simone Biles Ties Gymnast Record For Most U.S. National Titles, Performs Two Historic Skills

What a blessing it is to say we’re living in a time where we get to witness history being made.

Simone Biles tied the record for the most national titles in U.S. gymnastics history last night (Aug. 11), bringing the Texas talents’ overall wins to six. She is the second woman in history to accomplish this, after Clara Schroth-Lomady.

During the 2019 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, MO, the 22-year-old also made history as the first woman to successfully land a triple-double on the floor exercise, as well as the first woman to land a double-double off of the balance beam. If she successfully lands those skills during a World Championship, she will have a total of four skills called the “Biles” in the Gymnastics Code Of Points, the competitive gymnastics rulebook and scoring system.

After some uncharacteristic mistakes during night one of the competition, Biles was able to shake it off and deliver as she knows she can. Her combined, two-night total was nearly five points higher than the gymnast who won the silver medal, Suni Lee.

“I feel I haven’t been as confident on bars this year as I was last year,” she said. “To finally do a good routine like I can do it, I was really happy. I was very happy and the last event, so I was like, ‘Thank God we’re done.'”

Watch her incredible routines below.

 

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that feeling when you make history.... twice

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