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APNewsBreak: Venus, Serena to own part of Dolphins

APNewsBreak: Venus, Serena to own part of Dolphins


MIAMI Venus and Serena Williams will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday. The person didn't want to be identified because the team plans to announce the involvement of the tennis-playing sisters next week.

The Williamses live in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., about an hour's drive from the Dolphins' stadium. Their new role is significant in part because the NFL has no African-American majority team owner.

Musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Marc Anthony recently bought small shares of the team. New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also forged a partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett.

The Dolphins have said the involvement of the celebrities reflects the diversity of South Florida and shows that the franchise is connected with the community.

A Dolphins spokesman said the team had no comment regarding next week's announcement.

Ross, a New York real estate billionaire, completed his purchase of the Dolphins from Wayne Huizenga in January. He began a partnership in May with Buffett. The agreement with the Estefans was announced in June, followed by the deal with Anthony last month.

Buffett and the Estefans are longtime Dolphins fans. The Williams sisters aren't known to closely follow the Dolphins or the NFL.

Ross has said the minority owners are strategic partners and aren't being brought aboard because of a financial need. He has pledged to improve the fan experience at games, and the celebrities will help although it's unlikely the sisters will be staging tennis exhibitions at halftime.

Buffett has yet to accept Ross' invitation to become a minority owner, but the Dolphins' stadium has been renamed Land Shark Stadium for this season. Buffett has written a song for the Dolphins, and they've introduced a new version of their fight song by the rapper T-Pain.

Anthony will perform the national anthem when the Dolphins host the New York Jets on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" on Oct. 12.

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AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich in Ashburn, Va., contributed to this report.
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Damn.
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Great news!

I hope that means we will see the sisters on TV at the games (except during the playoffs when they will be in Austrailia).
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Awesome!

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Congrats to them both!
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African American women owning part of the dolphins....totally AWESOME!
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Oh that's cool. Good for them, even in this economy the NFL is a great investment. (And that's likely true no matter how small the stake; though hopefully it's slightly more than just glorified luxury box seats.) If you can't beat 'em join 'em.
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MOGUL SISTAS!!! LOVE IT!!! Keep doing ya thing girls!!! Thats called planning for your life and financial stability once tennis is over, and they are on the back end of their careers. Smart move ladies.
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this is wonderful!
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Way cool !!

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this is wonderful!
I hope it's true.
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MOGUL SISTAS!!! LOVE IT!!! Keep doing ya thing girls!!! Thats called planning for your life and financial stability once tennis is over, and they are on the back end of their careers. Smart move ladies.
They can stop everything now and do nothing but sit on the couch and smoke pot for the rest of their lives and still be financially stable for 50 lifetimes. Probably more.
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I hope it's true.
i would assume. i found the link for this story and it's also being reported by the major miami media outlets.
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