DALLAS, TEXAS – DECEMBER 10: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at the American Airlines Center on December 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sports fans have long wondered if Mark Cuban would buy another sports team. The Dallas Mavericks owner has added to his portfolio, but maybe not in a game we expected.

The VIBE Pickleball League announced Cuban as its first owner. The new six-team league, powered by the PPA Tour, will begin in 2023.

“Like millions of other Americans, I’ve followed pickleball for the past few years, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invest in the fastest growing game in the country,” said Cuban in a statement. “VIBE presents an unprecedented opportunity to launch a new professional league that will feature the best of the best in a highly competitive setting. I look forward to being a part of it.”

VIBE will feature the top ranked PPA Tour stars including Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters. The news league will reveal its five other owners before holding an inaugural draft in December in Las Vegas.

“The VIBE Pickleball League will be a must-watch as it showcases the best pickleball in the world in an exciting team format,” said PPA Commissioner and CEO Connor Pardoe. “With our top players, renowned ownership group, and premier broadcast partners, the league will reinvent the way people enjoy and experience team pickleball.”

With participants nearly doubling in the past five years, pickleball is rapidly growing in popularity. VIBE will compete with Major League Pickleball, which recently added LeBron James and Tom Brady as owners.

Pickleball’s rapid growth was apparently ground Cuba couldn’t refuse.