According to the Daily Record, Snoop Dogg-er, Snoop Lion is ready to shell out big bucks to invest in (soccer club) Celtics after they beat Barcelona in the Champions League this year.
Snoop, in his own words:
“I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams…I didn’t catch the whole Barcelona game but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.”
The team, estimated to be worth about $47M, had the highest average home attendance of any Scottish club for 2010/2011 season, and Snoop wants a piece.
“I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell…I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard…I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things…I am passionate about my sport. The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there.” (True dat: Snoop was once banned from coming to the UK after a series of drug and firearms offences but now he’s allowed back.)
“I asked my man David (Beckham) about Celtic and he was like, ‘Yeah, teams don’t come much bigger’…I would try and sign him up for a season but he is pretty happy over here. LA is home for him and his family now – but I would have to at least make that offer to my boy…We have lunch when we can, so next time, you know, I am going to speak to him about it. Never say never.”
Although we don’t foresee Beckham on the Celtics roster anytime soon (or ever) we’re behind ya one this one Snoop, drop it like its hot.
Fact: Celtic was initially founded to raise money for the poor in the East End of Glasgow and the club still retains strong charitable traditions today. In 1995 the Celtic charity fund was formed with the aim of “revitalising Celtic’s charitable traditions” and as of August 2011 has raised over $5M. The club supports Oxfam, Breast Cancer Care Scotland and Yorkhill Hospital.
Snoop also has a long legacy in the sports and charity world, most notably, his Snoop Youth Football League. The fall of 2005 was the inaugural season of the SYFL, and there were over 1,300 kids in the Los Angeles area that participated. The SYFL had seven regular season games, and a three week playoff before concluding with the “Snoop Bowl”.
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