Venus, Serena Buying Stake in NFL's Dolphins

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2009 12:58 AM CDT
Serena Williams, right, and her sister Venus Williams, in this Wimbledon file photo.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,file)

(Newser) – It looks like the Williams sisters are branching out into a new sport. Venus and Serena are expected to be named next week as part owners of the Miami Dolphins, reports the Miami Herald. Serena acknowledged ongoing talks but did not confirm a done deal. The team would say only that it plans to announce new "limited ownership partners" that will reflect South Florida's ethnic diversity.

The tennis-sensation sisters would join Hispanic singers Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Marc Anthony as owners, a group majority owner Stephen Ross brought in earlier this summer. Venus and Serena certainly have capital to invest: Forbes Magazine ranked them 77th and 67th respectively for yearly earnings and media visibility among celebrities. They've made more prize money and salary than any other female athletes.