Jennifer Lopez thinks it’s time for a woman to have a major voice in Major League Baseball, and she wants to be the woman to break that ceiling.
J. Lo and her fiance Alex Rodriguez are involved in a group currently trying to buy the New York Mets. During a chat with Barstool Sports’ “The Corp” podcast, the “Jenny From The Block” singer spoke about the chance to potentially own a professional baseball team.
“Listen, in this day and age, that would be something that would be so amazing,” she said.
No women are currently listed as a principal owner of an MLB team, a fact not lost on J. Lo.
“We don’t, I don’t have anything to report on that end right now. But, I think in every field, especially in institutions like Major League Baseball that are so American in this moment in time, it is important for diversity and it is important for women to have positions of power that they’ve earned and deserve and can contribute in a way that is just as good as any man on the planet,” she said. “So of course I am for it.”
ESPN has reported that J. Lo and Alex’s group, which also includes other athletes, made an initial bid of $1.7 billion to purchase the Mets.
That bid, however, is not believed to be the highest. TMZ said billionaire Steve Cohen submitted a $2.6 billion bid for the Mets. Another group, which includes billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is also in the running. Reports indicate that the current Mets owner would like to sell to J-Rod’s group, but the offer would need to increase.
Last month, a sports insider detailed why it was important for Major League Baseball to have J. Lo and A-Rod involved in ownership.
The source even likened Jen’s potential ownership of the Mets to Jay-Z’s previous ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z, who sold his stake in the team in 2013, “made it cool to go to Barclays Center,” the source told the New York Post.
The insider referenced Jen’s 126 million Instagram followers, which ranks her as the 15th most-followed celebrity on the platform.
“Forget about any other owner, or even any player. One thing Jennifer has is the No. 1 social media following,” the source told the Post, later adding, “Someone like Jennifer brings so much to the games, and MLB needs that right now.”
The Post noted the couple would be “Latino owners in a field of white men.”
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