Dwayne Johnson is now the co-owner of the XFL, an American soccer league, following a $15million deal.
It may very well be a scene instantly from the Hollywood actor’s HBO collection Ballers, the place he performs a personality referred to as Spencer Strasmore who’s a former NFL star turned monetary advisor.
The previous WWE celebrity is the very best paid actor on the earth and might add skilled sports activities league proprietor to the record.
Johnson joined forces together with his ex-wife Dany Garcia and funding agency RedBird Capital Companions to purchase the league within the hope of giving it one other recent begin.
The XFL is the brainchild of WWE chairman Vince McMahon however has twice didn’t get off the bottom.
The newest iteration earlier this yr noticed the league file for chapter midway by means of their return season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the deal, Johnson stated: “The acquisition of the XFL with my proficient companions, Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, is an funding for me that’s rooted deeply in two issues — my ardour for the sport and my need to all the time maintain the followers.
“With delight and gratitude for all that I’ve constructed with my very own two arms, I plan to use these callouses to the XFL, and stay up for creating one thing particular for the gamers, followers, and everybody concerned for the love of soccer.”
Johnson was a defensive sort out for the College of Miami between 1990 and 1994 the place he helped them win the Nationwide Championship in 1991.
The closest he bought to skilled soccer was within the Canadian soccer League however was reduce by the Calgary Stampeders two months into the 1995 season.
XFL president Jeffrey Pollack stated Johnson and his group have been a ‘dream staff possession group and the XFL is in the very best arms going ahead.”