If the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies ever need to send someone to host Saturday Night Live, they will have quite a dilemma on their hands. Among its minority owners, the team now counts both Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning–both of whom have turned in stellar appearances as SNL host.
According to a report from Memphis radio host Chris Vernon, Manning has just agreed to become part owner of the Grizzlies:
SCOOP:Peyton Manning has agreed in principle to become part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.
— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) October 4, 2012
Manning, of course, attended college in Tennessee and is still pretty much a god in the state. Timberlake is also from Memphis, as is former NBA player Penny Hardaway (also a part owner). Majority owner Robert Pera has made local investment in the team a strong priority.
Though there were rumors that the Grizzlies could be on the move (the team was originally based in Vancouver, Canada and moved to Memphis in 2001), Pera recently agreed to a series of provisions that will, essentially, lock the Grizzlies in Memphis for at least 15 years.
Though neither Manning nor Timberlake may bring the kind of cache to the team that Jay-Z brings to the Brooklyn Nets as (very small) part owner, the two men are undeniably stars and their involvement will certainly help to put the Grizzlies on the map from a national perspective.