Devin Booker, Dierks Bentley, Larry Fitzgerald own AZ pickleball team

Dennis Hudson
Dennis Hudson


Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article misstated Doug Hirsch’s job title.

With Major League Pickleball’s announcement of an expanded 24-team league next year, Arizona will have its own professional pickleball team in the league — which has the backing of some of the state’s most famous music and sports stars — starting in 2023.

Larry Fitzgerald, Devin Booker and Dierks Bentley have signed on to become owners of the newly formed AZ Drive. The former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Phoenix Suns guard and country singer respectively are joined by the following co-owners:

  • Doug Hirsch, former founder and managing partner of Seneca Capital and co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Sohn Conference Foundation.
  • Sheila Gulati, founder and managing director of venture capital firm Tola Capital.
  • John Merwin, Brooklyn Bedding founder and CEO.
  • Sam Fox, CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts.
  • Brian Frakes, president of Common Bond Development Group.
  • Mark Dalton, Arizona Cardinals’ senior vice president of media relations.
  • Richard J. Schnall, partner of private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.


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