From Club release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2022) – Just five days before Nashville Soccer Club opens its new home GEODIS Park, principal owner John Ingram announced that Nashville native and actor, producer and founder Reese Witherspoon, media and technology investor Jim Toth and Tennessee Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry have joined the team’s ownership group.
Witherspoon, Toth and Henry, who have joined as minority owners in the team, bring significant cache to a team that is already setting the tone for Major League Soccer success nationwide. GEODIS Park is the largest soccer specific stadium in the U.S. and Canada, and has many features and attributes few other stadiums possess. The construction of the stadium is wrapping up after employing more than 6,000 people over the course of construction – 49% of which were women or people of color.
Witherspoon said, “As a Tennessee native, it is thrilling to see how much growth and development has come to our home state. One of the things that my whole family is most excited about is Nashville Soccer Club! The opportunity to go as a family and watch a world class team compete has been such an incredible experience.” Witherspoon continued, “The team, the management and the players have worked so hard to build this amazing organization and community. So, I’m thrilled to announce that my husband, Jim Toth, and I have made an investment in the club and are now a part of the ownership group moving forward. On behalf of Jim and our children, we are thrilled to be a part of the NSC family!”
Derrick Henry joins the ownership group as the most recognizable sports names in Nashville at this moment. Henry becomes only the fourth NFL player in history to serve as an owner of an MLS team.
“As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true,” said Henry. “My investment in Nashville SC is way more than financial, it’s truly an investment in the city of Nashville. The chance to be part of a club like Nashville SC, especially after seeing what they are accomplishing in the community, was an opportunity I did not want to miss.”
“We meant it when we said we were doing this in Nashville, with Nashville and for Nashville,” said Ingram. “Having Derrick, Reese and Jim join our group signals our commitment to being a club that is going to do things at the highest level and with the best Nashville has to offer.”
The Boys in Gold will take the pitch at GEODIS Park for the first time on May 1. With all 30,000 seats sold for the inaugural match against Philadelphia Union, season tickets and single game tickets for the remainder of the season are available at https://www.nashvillesc.com/tickets/.Nashville SC release
Pretty cool stuff (and way better than a billionaire owner gifting shares to his US Senator’s kids for… reasons…). Getting some celebs on the ownership team is always a good way to stick in the hearts and minds of national media – hello Will Ferrell and/or Matthew McConaughey, Witherspoon’s co-stars in an SNL “mermaid” sketch and 2012 film Mud, respectively – and it’s easy PR wins all the way down. Also, shouts to Jim Toth, because he’s the least exciting name on the list and deserves some love.