Mark Davis landed Tom Brady.
Davis announced Thursday that the retired seven-time Super Bowl champ had acquired a minority stake in the defending WNBA champ Las Vegas Aces.
“I have always been a huge fan of women’s sports, and I admire the work that the Aces’ players, staff, and the WNBA continue to do to grow the sport and empower future generations of athletes,” Brady said in a statement.
Brady’s purchase will require the approval of the WNBA.
“Since I purchased the Aces, our goal has been to win on and off the court,” Davis, the owner of the Aces, said in a statement. “Tom Brady is a win not only for the Aces, and the WNBA, but for women’s professional sports as a whole.”
Davis, who owns the Las Vegas Raiders, acquired the Aces nearly two years ago.
Brady retired again after last season. He played 23 seasons in the NFL, the first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Brady’s interest in WNBA ownership was piqued after attending an Aces game last May. But Brady detailed how his appreciation of women athletes began much further back.
“My love for women’s sports began at a young age when I would tag along to all my older sisters’ games,” Brady said. “They were by far the best athletes in our house. We celebrated their accomplishments together as a family, and they remain a great inspiration to me.”
The Aces begin their title defense on May 20 against the Seattle Storm.