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Billie Jean King Now Owns Part of the L.A. Dodgers

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The out tennis icon and her partner bought an undisclosed percentage of the baseball team.

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Feminist icon, lesbian pioneer, sports legend -- Billie Jean King has worn many hats in her life, and now she can add a Dodgers cap to her collection.

King, along with former doubles player and current partner Ilana Kloss, were announced as the new co-owners of the baseball team, which infamously moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. King, from nearby Long Beach, grew up a Dodgers fan. She now splits her time between New York and Chicago.

King and Kloss didn't disclose the percentage they now own when they spoke at a Friday press conference with Dodgers' co-owner Mark Walter and team president Stan Kasten.

"We're not allowed to talk about it," King said of her percentage, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're all in this together."

King and Kloss said the purchase came together quickly so there hasn't been much time to cement their ideas for the team. The women did say they want to make the team more LGBTQ-inclusive; it already hosts a popular Pride night in the summer.

"I care so much about everyone," King said. "I want everyone to feel included."

King, 74, is a former No. 1 ranked female tennis player, the winner of the famous "Battle of the Sexes" match, and the founder of the World TeamTennis league. The Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.