By Matthew Brooks
Jay-Z is looking to gain a “significant ownership stake” of an NFL team. He has not publicly said which football team he wants.
Earlier in the week the NFL signed a deal with Jay-Z to serve as a “live music entertainment strategist.”
This strategist position means the rapper will be consultant for league performances, including the Super Bowl halftime show, according to the New York Times.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, is highly-regarded rapper. He is perhaps best known as the husband of superstar Beyoncé.
The purchase of a large portion of an NFL team to make Jay-Z a part-owner is “going to happen in the near future,” according to TMZ.
The rapper has the money to do it. Business Insider estimates his and Beyoncé’s wealth at more than $1.2 billion.
The New York Times says the NFL is hoping to “bring more high-profile entertainers to its events.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Times that the NFL wants partners that will help hold the league accountable.
“We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better,” Goodell said.
The deal with Jay-Z comes at a time when the NFL’s public image is suffering amidst accusations of racism.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been at the forefront of the issues of racism.
Jay-Z and Goodell say they have met with Kaepernick recently, but declined to say what was covered in the conversation.
Previously, Jay-Z has called Kaepernick “an iconic figure.”