NFL star linebacker Roquan Smith from the Baltimore Ravens has emerged as a key figure in a diverse investment group that successfully acquired SailGP's highly coveted United States team. The dynamic consortium includes individuals from various sectors, ranging from sports and technology to entertainment, reflecting a fusion of talent and expertise.
The acquisition, spearheaded by Uber engineer Ryan McKillen, alongside Smith, features prominent names such as actress-producer Issa Rae, world heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder, and global DJ Gryffin.
The group also encompasses NFL stars DeAndre Hopkins, Malik Jackson, and Kayvon Thibodeaux, University of Alabama football standout Dallas Turner, former U.S. soccer player Jozy Altidore, University of Michigan basketball legend Katelynn Flaherty Yates, Muse Capital's Assia Grazioli-Venier, and serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.
Expressing enthusiasm for this strategic move, the investment group, led by Ryan McKillen, is set to make a lasting impact on SailGP's United States team. As Co-owner and Chairman, McKillen emphasised the significant milestone this acquisition represents for the growth of SailGP as a sport.
SailGP, known for its cutting-edge 50-foot foiling catamarans, showcases the talents of the world's best sailors across 10 national teams. The racing events are broadcast in over 200+ markets, including prominent platforms such as CBS and YouTube in the U.S. This acquisition not only signifies a major shift in ownership but also underscores the broader appeal and expansion of SailGP into mainstream sports.
Ryan McKillen expressed the consortium's collective passion for sailing and their intent to introduce the sport to millions. As entrepreneurs, they recognize the tremendous potential and growth trajectory of SailGP. The U.S. SailGP Team, under this diverse ownership, is poised to elevate on-water racing to new heights, positioning itself as a leader in the global sailing community.