Billie Jean King now owns a piece of the Dodgers
In an announcement by the LA Dodgers from yesterday, tennis great Billie Jean King and her partner, Ilana Kloss, now own part of the team. An official news conference will be held today at Dodger Stadium to discuss the move in greater detail. The announcement coincides with the 45th anniversary of the "Battle of the Sexes" match that saw King take down Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome.
King decided to join up, in part, because the team's owner and chairman, Mark Walter, has shown himself to be a strong leader both on and off the field. She explained that they share a "commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together." King and her partner have also become part owners of the LA Sparks, the city's team in the WNBA.
King has been a Dodgers fan since she was a child in Long Beach. She has a brother, Randy Moffitt, who spent 12 years in the MLB, pitching mostly for the San Francisco Giants.
Four years ago, King and Kloss launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. The program works to campaign for diversity in the workplace.
Walter said of King's participation in the team's ownership that he was proud to welcome "two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and businesswomen."