Andre Iguodala is getting into the sports ownership game.
Iguodala took part in a launch party for the newly-announced Bay FC franchise that will debut in 2024 in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The longtime NBA veteran, who could retire this summer after appearing in just eight games this past season, has invested in the team and spoke during a Bay FC event at the Presidio on Saturday.
More than 5,000 people showed up for the event, as Iguodala posted about it on Instagram Monday.
Former women’s soccer stars Brandi Chastain, Aly Wagner, Leslie Osborne and Danielle Slaton co-founded the club, which unveiled its logo and team name on Thursday. The franchise is yet to announce where it will play home games, but PayPal Park in San Jose, home to the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes, seems like a logical destination.
Iguodala is known to be a savvy businessman with a wide range of interests and investments. He has formed solid connections within Silicon Valley and this only strengthens his roots to the region.
The 39-year-old was hobbled by injuries this season and didn’t make much of an on-court impact, but remained a big influence with the team. Last year, while announcing his return for a 19th season, Iguodala said on his ‘Point Forward’ podcast it would be his “last one.”
In a recent ‘Point Forward’ episode, Iguodala left the door open for another comeback, saying he doesn’t want other people to make his decision.
Whether or not he’s with the Warriors this season, Iguodala is starting a new chapter with Bay FC. NWSL is the top flight of American women’s soccer and Bay FC will be the league’s 14th franchise.