Country star Tim Mcgraw has become the latest musician to sink cash into a sporting team after buying a minority stake in Arena Football team NASHVILLE KATS.

The singer will co-own the American football team with TENNESSEE TITANS owner BUD ADAMS JR, who joined McGraw at a press conference to announce the new franchise yesterday (01NOV04).

McGraw played high school football and recently starred in BILLY BOB THORNTON's football movie Friday Night Lights.

Jon Bon Jovi owns a piece of another Arena Football team, the PHILADELPHIA SOUL, and now McGraw is offering the rocker an onfield challenge.

He says, "If he gets out there, I'll get out there and play. I know I can cream him."

Meanwhile, McGraw has announced he'll perform a one-off promotional concert in January (05) to boost season ticket sales for the Kats - the show will be open only to the Kats' season ticket holders and selected teams sponsors.

He and Bon Jovi aren't the only music stars involved in sports - ELTON JOHN still has connections with English soccer club WATFORD, where he was once chairman, Fatboy Slim has invested in BRIGHTON + HOVE ALBION, Nelly in basketball team CHARLOTTE BOBCATS and rapper Jay-Z is among the consortium which owns basketball team New Jersey Nets.

And McGraw's country peer Travis Tritt was a minority owner of the original Nashville Kats, which played in the Arena Football League in the late 1990s.

02/11/2004 21:12