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Mitchell & Ness partners with some of the most well-known figures in sports and entertainment, including LeBron James.

Fanatics serves as the parent corporation of the brand. Mitchell & Ness joins Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, CJ McCollum, James Harden, Devin Booker, Odell Beckham Jr., Joel Embiid, Rich Kleiman, Rich Paul, Steve Stoute, and Scooter Braun, according to Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin.

Mitchell & Ness began as a modest shop in Philadelphia in 1904. The firm acquired agreements with leagues and sports clubs throughout the years,  producing vintage jerseys and apparel collections for various major sports leagues. Fanatics opted to purchase 75% of the firm last February. The remainder was given to a celebrity group. Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and Maverick Carter were the cohort members. The transaction was valued at $250 million, according to the company.

The firm increased their revenues by 30% this year, bringing its total worth to $350 million. According to Rubin, the firm will soon generate billions of dollars in revenue.

“Adding owners like we did today is a great step towards doing that. So we’re really excited to get people that are making culture to be to owners and band together with us on this,” he said.

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Mitchell & Ness boasting new owners

Fanatics, now the largest Mitchell & Ness stakeholder, evolved from a simple retailer of jerseys and t-shirts to a sports destination for millions. As a result, it quickly gained a foothold and is now worth $27 billion. Fanatics also acquired several companies, including Topps and other sports betting firms.

The company has already captivated numerous musicians, including Jay-Z. Fanatics management wants to slingshot it and turn it into “the most diverse and culturally relevant consumer brand through their influence and status as tastemakers.”

“Fashion is cyclical, but classics are forever. Mitchell & Ness is a true classic. I’m proud to play a small role in bringing it back and, in some cases, introducing the authenticity and quality of the Mitchell & Ness brand to a new generation,” the rapper said.

According to Rubin, Jay-Z was crucial in allowing him to recognize Mitchell & Ness’s cultural and quality excellence.

“Athletes, celebrities and artists are sick of just getting checks; they want to make money from equity. So they want to be partners in these businesses,” Rubin added.

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An excellent brand for sports

LeBron James has a unique connection to the brand. In one incident, the young LeBron approached a man wearing a Mitchell & Ness Houston Oilers jersey. The two liked the discussion since they shared a fondness for the jersey and its narrative. Rich Paul, the man he talked to, eventually became his agent.

“LeBron James and Rich Paul came together by their love for Mitchell & Ness,” said Rubin.

Photo Credit: Mitchell & Ness

Source: CNBC

Based in LA, Alice Blake is a senior reporter for Kivo Daily. She primarily covers entrepreneurs.

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