Marc Anthony takes stake in Miami Dolphins

Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:02pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Latin singer Marc Anthony has acquired a minority interest in the Miami Dolphins football team, joining entertainers Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan who also are associated with the storied sports franchise.

Anthony, who has sold more than 10 million records in his career and is married to actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, said on Tuesday that he grew up in a sports-oriented family and dreamed of being part of a franchise.

"It's just a dream come true, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a no-brainer," Anthony said in a conference call with reporters.

The Dolphins, whose majority owner and general partner is real estate developer Stephen Ross, played their first game in 1966 and are the only professional football team to have enjoyed a perfect season, winning all their games and the Super Bowl in the 1972/1973 season.

Anthony expects to be an active part of the Dolphins organization working in Miami to drum up community support for the team.

Estefan and her husband, record producer Emilio Estefan, also are minority partners in the team, and "Margaritaville" singer Buffet recently announced a promotional partnership that included renaming Dolphin Stadium to LandShark Stadium, named after Buffett's LandShark lager.

Anthony's involvement with the Dolphins was announced at a news conference in New York City. Financial details were not disclosed.

(Editing by Dean Goodman)