Russell Wilson, Ciara Announced as Members of Seattle Sounders Ownership Group

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2019

NFL player Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks, left, and Ciara arrive at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Ciara announced Tuesday that they have joined the MLS Seattle Sounders' ownership group.

Wilson and Ciara are among 11 local families who joined the team's ownership group. Rapper Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis are also in the new group.

Adrian Hanauer is the majority shareholder of the Sounders. Their other minority owners include The Price Is Right host Drew Carey and the estate of Paul Allen.

Wilson and Ciara previously joined an effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland. The Pro Bowler was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and has since spent time in spring training with the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

"Baseball is such an amazing sport," Wilson told reporters earlier this year. "The interesting part to is that [now] it's 30 teams. I think football and basketball have a really good system because there's 32. It divides up pretty evenly and it makes it kind of interesting have the NFC West and having the NFC South and all these division so it's cool."

In 2018, Forbes ranked the Sounders as the third-most valuable MLS team at $310 million. It's unclear how much Wilson and Ciara invested.

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