After playing days, Jeter wants to own a team
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter has won four World Series rings. He has dated supermodels, but his dream is to be The Boss.
Jeter the owner?
Derek Jeter tells 1050 ESPN Radio's Andrew Marchand why he would like to one day own a baseball team.
Jeter revealed Tuesday he plans to buy a major league baseball team after he retires.
"I would like to own a team," Jeter told New York's 1050 ESPN Radio prior to the Yankees' 7-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday. "That would be kind of cool to get an opportunity to call some of the shots."
Jeter then predicted he will achieve his goal.
"I will do it one day," Jeter said.
When asked specifically if that team could be the Yankees, Jeter laughed.
"Do you know how much money that costs?" Jeter said. "That is a lot of money, baby."
The Yankees have been valued by some estimates at around $1 billion.
Jeter, 32, certainly is on his way financially. In 2000, he signed a 10-year, $189 million contract. Plus, he is arguably the most marketable player in baseball.
He currently has endorsement deals with Nike, Ford and Gatorade, among others. Two years ago, he reportedly earned $6 million in endorsements.
Jeter, who turns 33 next month, has no immediate plans to retire. He said he could foresee himself playing another decade. That could mean he may earn another $100 to $200 million.
What excites Jeter about ownership is the possibility of drawing on his own experiences as a player.
"It would be fun," Jeter said. "Like I said, I would like the opportunity to call the shots, make some decisions and be able to run a team. I think to draw on some of your experiences, playing-wise. It is just a dream of mine."
Jeter said he has yet to consult with George Steinbrenner or anyone on how to logistically go about fulfilling his dream.
Jeter has no interest in being a manager.
"I don't enjoy sitting down and watching games," Jeter said.
He also has no desire to be a general manager.
"No," Jeter said. "My dream is to be an owner. I would like to call the shots."
As for now, Jeter is a standout shortstop for the struggling Yankees. Tuesday night, he went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games as the Yankees dropped to 10½ games behind the Red Sox.
Jeter is hitting .360 on the season. All-time, he is one-hit away from tying Joe DiMaggio (2,214 hits) for fifth place on the Yankees' list.
Andrew Marchand is the managing editor of 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City.
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