Kayvon Thibodeaux becomes minority owner of pro cricket team
In addition to preparing for Year 2 on the field, outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux is also taking care of business off the field.
The 22-year-old recently became a minority owner and equity partner in the New York Warriors, a professional cricket team part of the new USA Masters T10 league.
"One big part of my role is obviously the money but, two, it's storytelling," Thibodeaux told the New York Daily News. "Being an athlete in this new world of media, I understand how storytelling works in the new age, I understand how to connect with people, and marketing is something I majored in. So that's definitely how I'm going to help market my team and also the league itself."
The new league will feature six teams from cities across the country - New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, North Carolina (Morrisville), Los Angeles and Houston. The games will be played at stadiums in Florida, North Carolina and Houston.
"We want to cover the entire USA. That's why we want to involve USA athletes," said Ritesh Patel, majority owner of the U.S. T10 league alongside billionaire founder Shaji Ul Mulk. "So we started discussing this with Kayvon, and we see it: He's one of the best in the NFL but he has the best business brain, has lots of good business ideas. He can take this to a different level. So we brought him on as an equity partner."
Thibodeaux is not the only local professional athlete to participate in the USA Masters T10 League; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is joining the North Carolina team.
"It's about opportunity," Thibodeaux said. "The tough thing about football, for example, is it has to be orchestrated to be really played. With cricket, I love it because it creates an opportunity for a lot of people to be aware of it and start to play it. You don't really need that much. It's similar to baseball in a sense where you really just need a ball and a paddle."
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