Lyons brings experience across sports, entertainment and media as an investor in the first-ever fan-owned professional sailing team

(L-R) CEO David Palmer, Baron Davis, Co-Founder Jerry Stone and Charlie Lyons. Credit: SLiC Images.

JACKSON, Wyo. – August 4, 2023 –, a place for fans to “invest in what they love,” today announced media executive and motion picture producer Charlie Lyons invested in its new Fan Owned SailGP Team. Lyons officially committed to the team, as both an investor and an advisor, the same week it was announced two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis had signed on as the team’s first celebrity athlete investor. Both new investors attended the recent Oracle Los Angeles Sail Grand Prix races, along with other members of the new team ownership base.

“SailGP is a dynamic new sports league that is expertly designed and managed by Russell Coutts’ vision,” Lyons said. “David Palmer is a master innovator, and the combination of SailGP and David’s vision for fan-owned and operated sports teams is a brilliant map for the future with many applications. It is always good to bet on great talent, and SailGP and David Palmer are the cream of the crop.”

Lyons was previously CEO of Ascent Entertainment Group, which at the time owned the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. While at Ascent, he led the purchase of the Quebec Nordiques and relocated the team to Denver to become the Avalanche. Lyons is also an established film and TV producer, currently serving as executive producer of Kevin Costner’s Western saga, Horizon. The first two movies are complete and in post-production.
As an entrepreneur and motion picture producer, Lyons has generated more than $2 billion in revenue, and has produced dozens of critically acclaimed films and plays including “Air Force One,” “The Water Horse,” “Open Range” and “Bring It On: The Musical,” which earned him two Tony Award nominations.

“Charlie’s unique vision and talent add great value to our investor pool,” Founder David Palmer said. “We’re thrilled to have him onboard as an investor and advisor while we grow our community of passionate investors and owners. His extensive experience in sports and entertainment brings valuable insights, and we appreciate his belief in our mission to empower fans to invest in their passions.”

To become a shareholder, fans must be accredited investors and commit from $5,000 to $200,000. The investment is tokenized on the NEAR Protocol for potential liquidity and authentication of ownership. The launch of the Fan Owned SailGP Team is tied to the closing of the transaction.

To learn more and join the exclusive community of Fan Owned SailGP Team investors, visit The information in this release is not financial or investment advice.*

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Media Note: A high resolution photo is available here (Credit SLiC Images).

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About SailGP
SailGP is the world’s most exciting racing on water. The global championship features national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic stadium-style venues across the globe. The high-tech, high-speed action features sailing’s best athletes racing in identical hydrofoiling F50 catamarans, flying at speeds approaching 100 km/h. SailGP also races for a better future, championing a world powered by nature. Visit for more information.

About NEAR Foundation
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