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Odell Beckham Jr. Joins Mexico’s Club Necaxa, D.C. Pickleball as an Investor

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NFL wide receiver Odell Beckhamthe younger now owns a stake in a Mexican football club. Club Necaxa and the expansion of the Major League Pickleball franchise in Washington, D.C., according to several people familiar with the deal.

Beckham invested in a group of investors led by the Americans Al Tailis and Sam Porter. The group, which wholly owns the DC Pickleball team, acquired 50% of Necaxa shares at a nine-figure valuation at the end of 2021. The football club based in Aguascalientes was valued at $150 million in 2021 when it was sold. 1% stake for $1.5 million via NFT; currently a club valued in the mid-to-low range of $200 million.

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A spokesperson for Club Necaxa and DC Pickleball did not respond to sportsrequest for comment.

Beckham joins plethora well-known investors in the Tylis-Porter group, including Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton and Turkish-German footballer Mesut Ozil.

Last February, retired professional basketball player Matt Walsh, Card Sound Capital managing partner Jake Jackson and music entrepreneur Nick Gross joined the Mexican team as investors. The remaining 50% is owned by well-known Mexican businessman Ernesto Tinajero, who bought the club in 2014.

Beckham is a football fan; when he was 12 he played for the Carrollton Association Soccer in New Orleans.

Liga MX is the most popular football league in the United States with 18 Division I teams, led by Club America and Chivas. During the pandemic, the league temporarily suspended relegation and expanded its partnership with Major League Soccer.

In its 99-year history, Necaxa has won the Mexican league title three times (1995, 1996 and 1998) and is currently 14th in the standings.

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