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KEVIN DURANT AND RICH KLEIMAN’S 35V BUY MAJOR LEAGUE PICKLEBALL EXPANSION TEAM

NBA Star Kevin Durant and entrepreneur Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures (35V) has purchased a Major League Pickleball (MLP) expansion team, set to compete in the 2023 MLP season. 35V’s infrastructure of seasoned sports and entertainment executives represents a significant addition to the league as its newest strategic partners.

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AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — NBA Star Kevin Durant and entrepreneur Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures (35V) has purchased a Major League Pickleball (MLP) expansion team, set to compete in the 2023 MLP season. 35V’s infrastructure of seasoned sports and entertainment executives represents a significant addition to the league as its newest strategic partners.

“35V is committed to investing in the future of sports and emerging opportunities, and Major League Pickleball is a league we are incredibly excited about,” said Kleiman. “We can’t wait to build this team from the ground up as well as work to elevate the sport and the league to unprecedented heights. As an avid pickleball player and fan, the interest in the sport was a natural fit.”

Kevin Durant & Rich Kleiman’s 35V purchased a Major League Pickleball expansion team, to compete in the 2023 season.

The ownership group brings a proven track record of successfully investing in emerging teams and leagues across a variety of sports. 35V plans to further expand MLP’s growing brand by running its team as a full-time venture, including everything from player relations to marketing, sponsorships, and merchandise. Additionally, through Boardroom, their critically acclaimed media network, 35V is uniquely positioned to create a market opportunity for their team and the league as a whole.

“Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, and 35V are going to be game-changing partners for Major League Pickleball,” said MLP Founder and CEO Steve Kuhn. “They not only bring passion for the game, but also unrivaled expertise to help us to continue to grow. We’re especially excited about their plans to bring pickleball to underserved communities – something they have done with basketball for years.”

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The partnership will see MLP and 35V work together to share the game with the community through 35V’s “Build It and They Will Ball” initiative. To date, the program has delivered immense impact by refurbishing basketball courts in these areas across the globe.

Other MLP team owners and partners include NBA icons LeBron James, Draymond Green, and Kevin Love, 7x Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady and Former World No.1 tennis player Kim Clijsters, Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee), famed lecturer and research professor Brené Brown, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks Marc Lasry, former World No.4 tennis player James Blake, and from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, Ryan Serhant. 

The expansion team continues to set MLP up for their largest season in 2023, as the league grows from 12 to 16 teams, doubles events from three to six, and increases player prize money and payouts to more than $2M.

Click here for a video from Durant and Kleiman’s 35V announcing the news.

For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokPinterest, and YouTube.

About Major League Pickleball

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Major League Pickleball (MLP) is the first of its kind professional team league and the standard-bearer for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Led by Founder & CEO Steve Kuhn, MLP is committed to perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of pickleball’s business, marketing, and community relations. With iconic team owners, a co-ed team format, an innovative draft, easy to understand scoring, groundbreaking broadcast quality, and the highest prize money events in pro pickleball, MLP’s goal is to elevate and grow the sport in everything it does. For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokPinterest and YouTube.

About 35V

Thirty Five Ventures (35V) was founded by 2x NBA champion Kevin Durant and entrepreneur Rich Kleiman in 2016. From initial success in venture investing (including Acorns, Coinbase, Dapper Labs, Just Women’s Sports, Postmates, and Overtime), 35V has grown into a multi-faceted sports, media, and entertainment company. 

In 2019, 35V launched Boardroom, a media network that sits at the intersection of sports, entertainment, business, and culture. Recent film and TV projects under the Boardroom umbrella include the Academy Award-winning Two Distant Strangers (Netflix), the critically acclaimed scripted series SWAGGER (Apple TV+), and documentary NYC Point Gods (Showtime). 35V also holds a portfolio of ownership stakes in emerging and undervalued teams sports properties, including Athletes Unlimited, Gotham FC, Philadelphia Union, and Premier Lacrosse League.

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USA Pickleball Reports Nearly 30% Increase in Membership During 2022

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball, today published its annual growth report, containing important industry metrics recorded in 2022.

As the sport continued to expand across the country, USA Pickleball saw its membership increase nearly 30 percent over 2021. The National Governing Body currently has a membership base of nearly 69,000 strong, a major uptick compared to 53,110 in 2021.

Annual Growth Report from USA Pickleball outlines areas of growth, including playing facilities and sanctioned events

Some of the highlights include:

  • Membership68,697 registered USA Pickleball members, an increase of 29.4% over 2021.
  • Certified Facilities: The organization’s Places2Play database grew from 9,167 to a total of 10,724 USA Pickleball-registered facilities in North America. This equates to 130 new locations per month, or more than four per day.
  • Approved Paddles & Balls: The USA Pickleball Equipment & Evaluation Committee (EEC) and its independent lab tested and approved 525 new paddles and 34 new balls in 2022.
  • USA Pickleball Ambassadors: 1,973 dedicated volunteers who actively promote the game at the local level by supporting new programs and facilities.
  • Sanctioned Events: USA Pickleball sanctioned 237 tournaments in 2022 compared to 153 in 2021, including USA Pickleball’s own Indoor National Championships, National Championships and the first-ever Diamond Amateur Championship.
  • 2022 National Championships: The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships drew nearly 2,300 amateur players, while the sport’s top professional players competed for $150,000 in prize money, compared to $90,000 in 2021. On November 13, the event also set the record for the largest-ever attendance in the history of the sport at 5,522.
  • Facilities Development: USA Pickleball directly supports the development pipeline for over $100M in new facilities, including over 25 Regional- and Sector-level venues.

The full Annual Growth Report can be found at usapickleball.org.

About USA Pickleball:

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials. The mission of USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories. The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

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BARSTOOL SPORTS’ LATEST BRAND, STELLA BLUE COFFEE, NAMED FIRST OFFICIAL & EXCLUSIVE COFFEE PARTNER OF D.C. PICKLEBALL TEAM

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT), an expansion team of Major League Pickleball (MLP) and D.C.’s newest professional sports team, today announced Stella Blue Coffee, a new brand from Barstool Sports created by Dan “Big Cat” Katz, host of #1 sports podcast Pardon my Take, as its first official and exclusive coffee partner.

DCPT has joined MLP ahead of the 2023 season that begins Thursday, January 26th in Mesa, AZ. Like the other high-profile investor backed teams that have joined MLP, DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

As a part of the partnership, Stella Blue Coffee’s logo will be prominently displayed on DCPT uniforms. Stella Blue Coffee logo features Katzs’ beloved dog Stella, who was rescued from the PAWS Chicago shelter. Stella Blue Coffee holds great meaning to Dan and his family and provides a way for their dog Stella to live on forever. A portion of proceeds from each sale go to PAWS Chicago.

Stella Blue Coffee is a premium blend of 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans that Dan hand selected for unrivaled taste. As if D.C. Pickleball Team didn’t have enough energy on the team already, Stella Blue will take it up a notch, with coffee that confidently stands on its own, just as coffee and DCPT should.

“D.C. Pickleball Team is thrilled to partner with such an established and innovative group as Barstool Sports and Stella Blue Coffee,” says Al Tylis, Managing Partner of D.C. Pickleball Team. “This is a historic partnership in our journey to become a household name in pickleball. Together, we look forward to elevating the sport and bringing both the game and coffee to all.”

“We are excited to be a part of the pickleball movement that has swept the nation,” explains Katz. “We appreciate what D.C. Pickleball Team and their ownership group brings to the sports world and are proud to partner with them in their first ever Major League Pickleball season.”

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For more information about D.C. Pickleball Team visit www.dcpickleballteam.com and follow on social media:

Twitter – @dc_pickleball
Instagram – @dcpickleballteam
Facebook – @dcpickleballteam
TikTok – @d.c.pickleballteam

About D.C. Pickleball Team:
D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT) is the newest professional pickleball team to join Major League Pickleball (MLP) ahead of the 2023 season that begins January 26th. DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

DCPT will play in the Challenger Level in season one and Premier Level in season two. Season one’s roster includes Sam Querrey – 10-time ATP Tour Titleist and ranked 11th in the world in 2018; Stefan Auvergne – exciting new player from France and former competitive tennis player, competitive gamer and race car driver; Shelby Bates – former D1 Tennis Player at Coastal Carolina University; and Monica Paolicelli – former D1 Soccer Player at James Madison.

About Stella Blue Coffee:
At Stella Blue Coffee, we source our 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans ethically and sustainably from Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala – some of the richest coffee geographies in the world.Our exclusive blend of premium coffee was hand selected by @BarstoolBigCat himself and is roasted to perfection to deliver unrivaled taste. Stella Blue Coffee offers three delicious roasts: Positive Vibes Light Roast, Big Cat Blend Medium Roast, and Electric Ave Dark Roast. Each roast is available in single serve pods, freshly ground bags or whole bean bags, so you can be your own barista. 

Stella Blue Coffee is also committed to joining PAWS Chicago in its mission to save homeless pets. PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the Midwest’s largest No Kill animal shelter that has led the reduction of the number of homeless pets killed in Chicago by over 91% since its founding in 1997.

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Learn more about Stella Blue Coffee’s delicious new coffee line-up at stellabluecoffee.com

Twitter – @StellaBlueCoff
Instagram – @stellabluecoffee
TikTok – @stellabluecoffee

About Major League Pickleball:
Major League Pickleball (MLP) is the premier team league and the standard-bearer for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. MLP is committed to perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of pickleball’s business, marketing, and community relations. With iconic team owners, a co-ed team format, an innovative draft, easy to understand scoring, groundbreaking broadcast quality, and the highest prize money events in pro pickleball, MLP’s goal is to elevate and grow the sport in everything it does. For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTok and YouTube.

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