NFL and NBA Stars Invest in IPL Franchise Rajasthan Royals | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and NFL duo Larry Fitzgerald and Kelvin Beachum have invested in the Rajasthan royals, the Indian Premier League franchise announced on Sunday, underscoring IPL’s growing global appeal.
The popular Twenty20 league, which counts Bollywood actors and industrialists among its franchise owners and attracts the who’s who of cricket, has grown into a 10-team affair this season, with Gujarat and Ahmedabad combined at 1.7 billion Pay US dollars to board.
The three Americans will be minority investors in 2008 Champions Rajasthan, the franchise said in a statement, without sharing details of their investment.
“We are delighted to have Chris, Larry and Kelvin join us as investors who saw the Royals’ vision as a truly global brand,” said Manoj Badale, principal owner of Rajasthan.
The United States will co-host the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup, although cricket has not become popular there.

“I’m excited to be one of the first US athletes to recognize the value and growth opportunities of IPL,” said NBA star Paul, 36.
“With a multitude of components, including stadium experience and fan engagement, still having to fulfill their course, I see myself contributing to world-class experience through this strategic investment.”
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is also involved with the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball team.
Rajasthan owners acquired a majority stake in Caribbean Premier League side Barbados Tridents last year.
“I am very aware of the international popularity of cricket and I am excited to be an investor in the Rajasthan Royals franchise,” said Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Beachum.
“I respect the global reach of the IPL and am committed to supporting the royals.”

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