Jay-Z is ready to change the game, once again. The trailblazing rap star broke new ground when he aided in transplanting the NBA Nets to his native Brooklyn last year but now, as basketball’s regular season is drawing to a close, Hov is apparently set to sell his ownership shares in the team — and make an even bigger splash in the sports world.
On April 2, it was announced that Jigga had partnered his newly formed Roc Nation Sports division with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and together they signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano . Word is that Jay hopes to become a full-fledged sports agent, representing professional players in all major leagues, including basketball. But in order to do that, he has to relinquish his minority ownership in the Nets. According to Yahoo! Sports, that process has already started.
In the months leading up to the Nets’ move from New Jersey last year, Jay helped to re-brand the team with a new logo and new uniforms. By September, Jay had christened the Nets’ new home with a string of eight sold-out shows at the Barclays Center , before the team kicked off their 2012-13 campaign. Though ESPN reports that the rap mogul only owned .067 percent of the team, Jay’s contribution as a Nets ambassador is much tougher to quantify.
“It would be disappointing [if he left],” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo told ESPN. “He had an enormous amount to do with the rebranding of the team. I wasn’t close to it at all, but from what I’ve seen, it would be hard to overstate his importance in this all. I like his involvement in the team; he’s at the games, and maybe he’s around more than I realize behind the scenes. But he’s an excellent fan, one that wasn’t just around this year, but a lot in the past, too, which is very telling to me.”
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