What is it with Charlotte and rappers?
Back in 1998, Percy Miller....better known to the masses as Master P.....joined the Charlotte Hornets summer leagues and got an invite to camp.
Now it is 2004 and Master P is all but gone. But, Nelly is here. Nelly is now part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
That brings the ownership group to quite an eclectic mix. The majority owner is Robert Johnson [the "Bob" in "Bobcats"] who made his money in media enterprises...maily BET. Former Bank Of America CEO, and Mr. Charlotte, Hugh McColl is an owner. Former Celtic ML Carr is an owner. Felix Sabates of NASCAR fame is an owner. Now, so is Nelly.
This ownership is huge in sports circles. It is the first minority owned franchise in sports. And having someone like Nelly as an owner....that should help to grab the younger demographic. Ya know....selling merchandise. He has also vowed to get involved in the Charlotte community.
But with the good....brings the bad. Nelly has been the target of women's groups who feel his lyrics and videos degrade women. And in the current NBA climate [read: Kobe's trial], that is something the league wants to stay away from.
But if that gets smoothed out....then this should be a winning situation for everyone involved. The Bobcats get another minority owner in the fold. They will definitely get the opportunity to appeal to the younger masses [remember, P. Diddy was interested in buying the Knicks and Jay-Z was interesting in buying the Nets] and that is HUGE when trying to get respect and...pardon the old team's pun....the buzz to wear Bobcat gear.