Diddy, as he likes to be called these days, has come out and said that he’d like to be the first African American majority owner in the NFL. Here’s what he had to say in an interview with Bloomberg TV:
“I will become the first NFL African-American majority owner. Not havin’ a small stake, but actually owning an NFL team. And I think it’s time for that. A majority of the players that are in the NFL are African-American, but there are no African-American owners.”
It’s unclear what team Diddy would like to buy or when he’d like to buy one, but I can easily see him getting into the business. However, it’s not as easy as just saying that you want to buy a majority stake in a team and forking over the cash. New owners must be approved by a vote from the current owners.
You might remember when Mark Cuban tried to become the owner of the Chicago Cubs a few years back. Even though he could afford to buy them, MLB didn’t ‘approve’ the sale. That’s the thing, the current owners have to want you to belong in their club. Regardless of skin color, popular figures just don’t have a good chance of being voted into the owner’s clubs. They just don’t fit the mold.
It’s not saying that the mold is good, either. Guys like Diddy and Cuban just don’t fit in it. However, there always has to be one guy to come along and break the mold. I see no reason why Diddy couldn’t be that guy in the NFL.