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15 Athletes Who Have Become Sports Owners

Athletes That Turned Into Sports Owners

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Athletes nowadays make massive sums of money on and off the field, setting many up for lucrative careers post-retirement. Some of these athletes choose to become sports owners, and these 15 athletes specifically chose this post-career route.

15. Michael Jordan

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15. Michael Jordan

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The greatest basketball player ever became part owner of the Charlotte Hornets in 2006, and in 2010 he became the principal owner of the organization.

14. Yao Ming

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14. Yao Ming

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Injuries may have brought an end to Yao Ming's career on the court, but he became owner of the Shanghai Sharks in 2009, saving the club from near certain demise in the process.

13. Magic Johnson

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13. Magic Johnson

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Johnson was the face of the group that bought both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks, heightening his already prestige status in the hearts and minds of Los Angeles residents.

12. Mario Lemieux

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12. Mario Lemieux

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Lemieux became a player-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999, and he has maintained ownership of the wildly successful franchise since retiring in 2006.

11. Michael Andretti

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11. Michael Andretti

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Andretti did not have a great career driving on the Formula 1 circuit, but he has maintained ties to the sport nevertheless as owner of the Andretti Autosport team.

10. Sami Kapanen

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10. Sami Kapanen

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Kapanen has been the majority owner of Finnish hockey team KalPa Kuopio since 2003, during which time the club has become one of the top organizations in SM-liiga.

9. Jaromir Jagr

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9. Jaromir Jagr

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Jagr may be playing one last season in the NHL in 2014-15, but he is already owner of the Czech hockey team HC Kladno.

8. Ron Jaworski

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8. Ron Jaworski

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Jaworski has long been a legend in the minds of sports fans for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he only strengthened these ties as owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

7. Oscar De La Hoya

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7. Oscar De La Hoya

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De La Hoya ended his professional boxing career in 2012, but he maintains a place in sports because of a 25% ownership stake in the Houston Dynamo of MLS.

6. Brad Daugherty

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6. Brad Daugherty

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Daugherty was a five-time NBA All-Star while with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he has shown an interest in racing post-retirement, buying a majority stake in Liberty Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing.

5. Pasi Nurminen

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5. Pasi Nurminen

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Nurminen had a brief stint in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers in the early 2000s, and since moving back to Finland the goaltender has become part owner of the Lahti Pelicans of SM-liiga.

4. Shaquille O'Neal

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4. Shaquille O'Neal

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O'Neal is regarded as one of the best centers in NBA history, and he has maintained direct ties to the club by becoming a part owner of the Sacramento Kings in 2013.

3. Richard Petty

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3. Richard Petty

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Petty is the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, which keeps "The King" heavily involved on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series that he helped make him so famous in the first place.

2. David Beckham

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2. David Beckham

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Beckham is the owner of an expansion MLS franchise based in Miami, Florida, which is expected to being playing in the league by 2018 at the latest.

1. Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Gary and Phil Neville

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1. Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Gary and Phil Neville

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Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Gary and Phil Neville bought English soccer club Salford City F.C. in 2014, with the stated goal of taking the club from the eighth division of English football to the English Premier League in just 15 years.