Derek Jeter Is Now An Owner Of The Miami Marlins

By on August 16, 2017 in ArticlesSports News

This has been quite the interesting year for Derek Jeter. In April, it appeared he and Jeb Bush had bought the Miami Marlins. That deal never came to fruition, and in the months that followed, rumors and rumblings came and went, but nothing was finalized.

That waiting period seems to be over, as Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria agreed to sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to a group led by Jeter and New York businessman Bruce Sherman.

The 69-year-old Sherman will serve as the "control person" and is planning to build a home in South Florida. He's also a Marlins fan and was once the chairman and chief investment officer of Private Capital Management in Naples, so he has some good ties to the area already.

Jeter put up $25 million of his own money, which is only two percent of the team. His friendship with Sherman is critical, though; he'll operate the business and baseball side of operations.

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Jeter might not even be the biggest name in the group of 16 investors. Michael Jordan, another Jeter friend, also contributed, though it's unknown how much money Jordan put in. Jordan will still serve as the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

MLB officials will discuss the sale next week during meetings in Chicago, but the official vote won't happen for at least a month. Sherman and Jeter's group expect to close during the first week of October.

Will new ownership turn the Marlins around? At the very least, they'll provide a spark for a franchise that's in desperate need of one.

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance. Joey's favorite billionaire is Mark Cuban.
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