Alex A-Rod Rodriguez and Shaquille O’Neal Have a Partnership That Goes Way Beyond MLB and NBA

Published 05/19/2022, 10:45 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Sports commentator and former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez takes part in a panel during WSJ’s The Future of Everything Festival at Spring Studios on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez and Shaquille O’Neal are two of the biggest names in American sports. Though they have played different sports, A-Rod and Shaq have a similar career record in MLB and NBA, respectively.

With an experience of over 20 years in their sporting career, A-Rod and Shaq are equally successful in their post-retirement career. Both are stalwarts in their respective field. And now, imagine if these two come together for something, what will they do?

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Well, the least they will do is create havoc in whatever they do together. With a net worth of over $350 million, Alex Rodriguez is the wealthiest athlete in the MLB community, while Shaq is also no less than the MLMB legend. The NBA legend has a total net worth of over $400 million. Do you know that these two have also invested in the same eSports company a few years back?

Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez and Shaquille O’Neal bought stakes in NRG eSports

When Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez bid farewell to his professional career in 2016, he quietly purchased equity in NRG eSports. The same eSports company in which NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and another MLB icon Jimmy Rollins were also part-owners.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Broadcaster and former MLB player Alex Rodriguez looks on from the field before the game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees at RingCentral Coliseum on August 29, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Notably, Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, who also co-own the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, founded the NRG eSports in 2015. Later, Shaq, Jimmy Rollins, and A-Rod also became part-owners of the eSports group.

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With this, A-Rod and Shaq indirectly became business partners. And this partnership is way beyond the NBA and MLB. When A-Rod and Shaq bought stakes in the NRG Group, eSports was in the developing phase. Cut to 2022, the eSports industry has become a gold mine for investors.

Known for his business senses, A-Rod made a wise investment in his retirement year. Not only this, but the Yankees legend is also a part-owner of the NBA franchise, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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He, along with his billionaire friend Marc Lore, bought the Timberwolves in 2021.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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