Have you ever wondered how to own a sports team? It is a dream shared by children and adults, but a small number of people actually fulfill it.
We spoke with Oliver Marti, owner of the NLL Albany FireWolves, about how he came to be a sports team owner, his history in the sport of lacrosse as a player, coach, investor and enthusiast.
For industry insiders Oliver Marti is a common name, but not everyone knows the man behind some of the biggest lacrosse companies.
Oliver Marti explains how to own a sports team
Marti as a player
Growing up in British Columbia at a time without the internet, as he mentioned in the interview, Marti relied on word of mouth and letter writing for the majority of his recruiting. This ultimately led him to Brown, where he had a remarkable career. He then played for Team Canada before dressing with the MILL New York Saints.
Marti as an investor
There are many prominent businessmen who have invested in the game of lacrosse and its growth, but few have done as much as Marti. Not only has he invested in lacrosse equipment maker Epoch, he has also invested in the Premier Lacrosse League and more recently became the owner of the NLL’s Albany FireWolves.
What sets him apart from other professional owners and investors is his experience and commitment to the game. He not only invests his money, he also invests his time, which is evident in the time he devotes to CT. Collegiate Box Lacrosse League and coaching the United States U20 junior indoor team.
He enjoys the game on the field, but his enthusiasm for box lacrosse cannot be contained. Throughout our interview it was evident that he had big plans and high hopes for the future of box lacrosse, especially in America.
Own a franchise
Only a privileged few have a sports team. It helps to have played the sport, but the first step in becoming a team owner is to have the funding. Marti has built his fortune over the years and considers himself very lucky to have the opportunities he has to invest in the sport.
So we have the money. And after?
If you want to know exactly how Marti got his ownership opportunity, you will need to complete the podcast embedded above or listen on any major podcast platform.