October 14, 2009
Fergie To Become Part-Owner Of Miami Dolphins
Black Eyed Peas singer joins fellow celeb investors Marc Anthony, Serena and Venus Williams and Gloria Estefan.
While conservative bloviator Rush Limbaugh is running into some stiff resistance in his bid to become one of the owners of the St. Louis Rams, the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie faced no such roadblocks in her quest to become a force in football as part-owner of the Miami Dolphins. According to SportingNews.com, NFL owners voted on Tuesday to approve her as the latest celebrity minority investor in the storied NFL franchise.
Though the Dolphins have yet to ink an official deal with the singer, as soon as she signs the papers with the team, she can become an investor. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he's had discussions with Fergie about the deal, but because the Peas are currently touring Australia, he's not yet gotten her signature.
Once the deal is ironed out, Fergie (born Stacy Ann Ferguson), 34, will join a roster of other celebrity investors in the Dolphins that includes singer Marc Anthony, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, flip-flop aficionado Jimmy Buffett and Latin music power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan. It was not announced how big a stake Fergie, a California native, was purchasing in the team, but it probably won't be big enough to convince them to hire bandmate Will.I.Am.
All of the Dolphins' bold-name owners have bought very small portions of the team and have agreed to make appearances at the stadium during games as part of Ross' effort to attract a more diverse crowd. On Monday, Estefan teamed up with Hank Williams Jr. on a bilingual version of the Monday Night Football anthem, "Are You Ready for Some Football?" as part of the NFL's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.