The Roc and the NFL are teaming up.
The alliance would be a major move for both sides. Partnering with Roc Nation would help give the NFL more credibility with a younger, urban audience. Meanwhile, Roc Nation would benefit from its affiliation with the nation’s most powerful sports league as it looks to further expand into sports.
Roc Nation Sports is home to athletes including Saquon Barkley, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Other sports clients include NFL stars Todd Gurley and Dez Bryant, NBA superstar Kyrie Irving, MLB pitcher CC Sabathia, and boxing champs Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward.
The NFL has faced controversy in recent years over how it handles players protesting racial and social justice, most notably with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem.
In a show of support, JAY-Z reportedly declined a performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. “I said no to the Super Bowl: You need me, I don’t need you / Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums to,” he rapped on The Carters’ hit “APESHIT.”