Larry Fitzgerald Now Part Owner Of Suns

NFL star Larry Fitzgerald has purchased an undisclosed share of the Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Schefter of ESPN.

A longtime receiver with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald has forged a strong working relationship with Suns managing partner Robert Sarver and has been serving as an ambassador for the team.

Fitzgerald was part of the interview process when the organization hired Jeff Bower as senior vice president of basketball operations in April. He also helped to canvass for a public arena vote, but he won’t become more active with the NBA team until he retires from football, according to the authors. Fitzgerald signed a one-year extension with the Cardinals last week.

He becomes the second prominent NFL player to invest in the NBA, joining Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who bought part of the Bucks in 2018.

Wojnarowski and Schefter point out that Fitzgerald is well respected in the Phoenix community and should bring more credibility to the Suns and to Sarver, who has frequently been a target of fan anger amidst a string of losing seasons. Fitzgerald does extensive charitable work and was selected as the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2016.

“It’s an investment in something I have supported since I’ve been in Arizona,” Fitzgerald told Jim Trotter of NFL.com. “It gives me another connection in the community I love and always will live in. It’s a long-term commitment I wanted to make for life after football.”

Sarver and Fitzgerald have a friendship that dates back to 2005, a year after the wide receiver was drafted into the NFL, Trotter adds. Sarver brought up the idea of investing in the team two years ago when Fitzgerald was thinking of retiring.

“I had never really given it any thought before then,” Fitzgerald said. “I asked him to give me a little bit of time to think about it and wrap my mind around it. I thought it was a unique opportunity because I hadn’t heard of many other [athletes] doing it, but I wanted to really think about it because it’s a substantial capital commitment. It’s not something small.”

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10 thoughts on “Larry Fitzgerald Now Part Owner Of Suns

  1. snotrocket

    I’d be curious to know how much capital he put up and what the average ROI is for people who own smaller shares of NBA teams.

  2. hoosierhysteria

    The ROI is zero until the team is sold. Hard to get your $ out as a minority investor. Sarver is nuts.

  3. Fitz seems like a good guy. I’m curious how much of a role he would have with the team.

    At least he is buying while the team isn’t particularly good. My favorite minority owner story is Jay Z making a big deal about buying part of the Nets, then quietly vanishing and selling off his share when they were terrible.

    • Major Factuh

      To be fair, did that not coincide with the creation of Roc Nation Sports? Conflict of interest and such. Also, they’ve been terrible if not bordering on terrible for quite a while, last trip to the Finals anyways and that was almost 20 years ago.

  4. Dabofus going to the Padres game

    Might as well make Larry GM. Couldnt do any worse than the suns have regarding players and drafting etc.

  5. x%sure

    At least Sarver knows Fitzgerald exists, unlike losing Super Bowl coach Ken Whisenhunt, who is still trying to establish that mediocre run game somewhere.

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