Marshawn Lynch, Macklemore join with Seattle Kraken as part-owners
The Seattle Kraken announced Monday that former Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch and rapper Macklemore will be joining the team’s ownership group as minority stakeholders.
Both Lynch and Macklemore plan to use their newfound status as part-owners to head up community initiatives through the Kraken. For the former, that will take the form of the “Hockey is for Everyone” program, which will see him helping “plan events focused on young people and community activism,” the team detailed in a press release. The latter will use his musical prowess to “work with the team and arena to produce music events to serve the community and delight fans.”
“The human spirit thrives on community,” Macklemore noted. “Hockey and music are ways for people to come together in a society where it is a little too easy to isolate. Bringing 17,000 people into that arena is something energetic and spiritual and magical.”
Welcome aboard, @Macklemore & @MoneyLynch!
Macklemore & Marshawn Lynch are bringing their passion & love for Seattle to the #SeaKraken investor group. pic.twitter.com/umU21Esn4K
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) April 18, 2022
For Lynch, this was an opportunity to bring another championship to Seattle, and to “give back to the city.”
“I have so much love and appreciation for Seattle, like for real,” he said. “The Kraken have been committed to connecting with diverse communities in Seattle since Day One. Joining up with the squad to have some meaningful impact was a no-brainer.”
This isn’t the first foray into owning a sports franchise for Macklemore, who joined the ownership group for the Seattle Sounders in 2019.