The ownership barrier has been shattered by African-Americans in the NBA and MLB, but America's most lucrative professional sport still looks like an old-boys network. However, if Diddy has his way, he'll become the first owner in NFL history. Not a percentage owner like Jay Z. Diddy actually wants a majority slice.
"I'm more of an owner type of guy," the entertainment mogul, born Sean Combs, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. "So I have aspirations to become -- it will happen -- to become the first African-American majority owner. Not having a small stake but actually owning an NFL team. I think it's time for that. A majority of the players in the NFL are African-American but there are no African-American owners. So that's one of my dreams."
The thought of Diddy owning an NFL franchise is an enticing thought. All-white uniforms, designed by Sean John, Biggie blasting over the stadium speakers and an around the clock war of words with Jerry Jones.
So which team would be perfect for Diddy to invest in and lend his business acumen to? The Washington Redskins.
Diddy's a Big Apple native, but Woody Johnson in addition to Giants co-owners John Mara and Johnathan Tisch own New York's two franchises, and they seem to have a firm grip on those franchises.
The 'Skins are a large market franchise in dire need of rebranding. What's the main issue plaguing them right now? If you guessed, the defense, you're wrong, but close.
If there's anybody who would have no issue with changing the Redskins' controversial name, it would be the Howard University grad formerly known as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puff, Puffy, King Combs and Swag. The Washington TBD might have a new name every season with Diddy (Imagine the impact on jersey sales).
As controversial as the Redskins' name is, Snyder's poor public relations skills have added to the malaise surrounding the Redskins franchise.
While his $580 million net worth doesn't appear to compare to billionaire owners such as Paul Allen and Arthur Blank, he's actually worth more than Dan Rooney ($150 million) and at least six other league owners. He'll have a direct line to Roc Nation Sports' growing clientele and RGIII needs a true No. 1 receiver. Pierre Garcon is adequate, but at his best he was Reggie Wayne's sidekick. Thanks to his symbiotic connection with Calvin Johnson, he should be able to get him into a Redskins uniform.
Hey Snyder, drop the reins. Let Diddy handle that.