This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Seattle Kraken has added two minority investors to former Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch and Seattle-born rapper Macklemore.
The terms of the investment, which were announced on Monday, were not disclosed. Forbes most recently estimated Kraken at an estimated $ 875 million.
“This is something I would never have imagined,” Lynch, who played seven of his 13 NFL seasons in Seattle, told CNBC in a statement. “I’ve always dreamed of playing on a professional team, but owning one is something special. When I look back on some of my performances … [going to] keep counting my blessings. “
Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke told CNBC that Lynch and Macklemore approached the team about becoming investors last summer. The NHL signed the agreement earlier this month.
“For us, we did not need additional investors,” Leiweke said, “but what attracted us to these guys was their interest in community activism through this organization, and that’s a big deal.”
Lynch in particular will be part of the NHL’s Hockey Ice for Everyone campaign, and Leiweke said Lynch has expressed interest in shadowing him to see the ins and outs of a hockey CEO’s operation.
“He’s fascinated by the idea of what it’s like to be an owner and the business side and the financing,” Leiweke said.
Macklemore – born Ben Haggerty – is a Grammy-winning artist who wants to add to the franchise’s entertainment side.
“I’m a big hockey fan and have seen the team come to life and the fan base grow over the last four years,” Macklemore said in a statement. “This investment was natural.”
Seattle ends its first expansion season without a playoff spot. The crash’s schedule ends on May 1st.