LeBron James is easily one of the most popular sports stars in the world. He has dominated the NBA since 2003, and at 36 years old he doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
However, he has been planting his roots outside of basketball, paving a way for a busy retirement whenever he does decide to hang it up. His move to Los Angeles was more than just playing for the Lakers. It's a city that offers unlimited opportunities, and The King has made sure to take advantage.
One of his most recent big moves was becoming an official part of the ownership group (Fenway Sports Group) that owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C.
For LeBron James, though, he's not going to just sit idly by and collect a paycheck. Instead, he'll serve an important role for both professional sports teams, per The Athletic. Tom Werner, the chairman of both organizations, shared his thoughts about LeBron being a part of the ownership team:
“We want to feel that the Red Sox are an inclusive place where everybody feels welcome. And while that may seem like an obvious notion today, the Red Sox have had a very complicated history when it comes to race relations. We work very hard to create a more diverse and inclusive organization from top to bottom. And I’m excited that LeBron and Maverick are owners of the Boston Red Sox because I believe this helps provide better representation of baseball to our fans.”
LeBron James carries a different role for each team, but each one important. For the Red Sox, James will confront complicated race relations, while for Liverpool, James will be involved with strategic decisions.
“I will be surprised actually if they don’t weigh in (on management decisions of either team), I would welcome their thoughts,” Werner said. “I think that the relationship that the consumer has with a sporting team is an emotional one. I consider Maverick to be one of my closest friends, and I’ve spent hours with him talking about strategy, coaching, the lessons that I’ve learned from (Liverpool manager) Jurgen Klopp, and the lessons that he’s learned as an astute observer of basketball.
“We have a very collaborative relationship, so I would actually say that their wisdom and their experience is going to be hugely helpful to us going forward.”
LeBron James is clearly going to take on important roles with these franchises as he prepares himself for a run at NBA ownership, which is a stated goal of his. This will give him great experience.