Rick Ross and Nally joins the list of high-profile team owners of the National Thoroughbred League (NTL), an organization that is being billed as the “first of its kind” horse racing league. While horse racing has traditionally been a solo sport, the NTL has fielded city-based teams and is set to debut over Labor Day weekend in Nashville.
Co-founded by Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane and investor Robert Daugherty, the reworked sport intends to make “race weekends a lifestyle.” According to a press release, the “weekend-long festival-like atmosphere” will be “similar to Formula I”, and will initially feature a concert and a whiskey and bourbon lawn party in collaboration with Pappy Van Winkle.
The NTL promises to be “one of the first truly co-ed sports leagues” with both male and female jockeys competing on the same team in multi-race competitions. (Equestrian sports are generally co-ed, but women jockeys make up a minority of the jockeys overall.) The horses will compete “month after month, year after year” to create “long-term stars”.
The six original teams would represent New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Seattle, Nashville and Philadelphia. Each “Cup” would consist of a three-race series, run consecutively, and include horses from each of the six teams entered in each race. Points earned will determine the overall winner, and at the end of the season the champion team will take home the $1 million grand prize.
Nelly is scheduled to perform at the California Mid-State Fair with TI on July 24 at the Chumash Grandstand Arena at the Paso Robles Event Center. this month.
Rick Ross was scheduled to appear alongside Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and DJ Steve Aoki at this year’s Atlantic City’s Bamboozle Festival before its abrupt closure.