If someone says they want to buy the NFL, your first response should be to call the asylum they’ve escaped from and alert them that you’ve found their missing patient. But when Diddy says it, you stand up and take notice.
The rap mogul and entrepreneur unleashed a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, in which he revealed his desire to purchase America’s most popular professional sports league. “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league!“ Diddy wrote.
His tweets come at a time when the once infallible league finds itself increasingly under siege. Whether it’s issues with domestic abuse, the CTE epidemic that grows worse with each passing study, or the president’s outrageous vendetta against black players with a voice, the NFL has a lot on its plate these days. But that’s still not enough to deter Diddy, who seems to be reacting specifically to recent reports that NFL owners are considering implementing a new rule that would force players to stand during the national anthem.
“A league where you can be yourself, have a retirement plan, have freedom to be a great human and protest for your people without being demonized for your beliefs as a KING!! NEW DREAM ALERT!!!!” he added.
Ever since he was an upstart record producer in nineties New York City, Sean Combs has been accustomed to dreaming big. For the most part, Combs has come out on top in his varied pursuits, including becoming the only artist to successfully change his stage name four times and having each one stick. Unfortunately, this is one dream that will have to remain a flight of fancy.
Despite a reported net worth of $820 million, a single NFL team costs at least $1 billion. The Dallas Cowboys alone are worth a whopping $4.2 billion. Even if he did have the funds, the NFL isn’t owned by one person. It’s run by the predominantly white men who own the 32 teams and who get to vote on a commissioner.
If Diddy somehow managed raise the funds required to buy all 32 teams, it’s unlikely that any of the current owners would sell, even while the league finds itself mired in turmoil. That’s because if you’re an old, rich, white conservative man in America, there is no greater status symbol than owning your own NFL franchise.
Sorry, Diddy. Maybe you can give us a new Ma$e record instead.