American businessman Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.
5 sporting interests of US President-elect
We take a look at 5 sporting ventures of the soon to be President of the United States.
Trump who is worth $3.7 billion is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interest.
Among these business interests are sports.
1. New Jersey Generals
Trump had an American football team called the New Jersey Generals which played in the United States Football League (USFL). He sold the franchise in 1984 but bought it back after a season, The Generals merged with the Houston Gamblers before the USFL folded.
Trump attempted to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills in 2014 but was unsuccessful.
2. Golf courses
Trump also operates golf courses in several countries. The PGA recently ended Trump’s Doral course by moving the World Golf Championships to Mexico. The Trump-owned course will come off the schedule in 2017. It was revealed by the PGA that it was unable to attract sufficient sponsorship for the tournament to be staged at the Miami course, so it will be held in Mexico City from next year.
"The PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition,” Trump said about the decision during one of his campaign rallies.
"This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for president of the United States," he added.
Trump hosted several boxing matches in Atlantic City at the Trump Plaza, including Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks in 1988. He also acted as the financial advisor for Tyson.
4. Tour de Trump
In 1989 and 1990, Trump’s name was used for the Tour de Trump cycling stage race which was an attempt to create an American equivalent of European races such as the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia.
Trump withdrew his sponsorship after the second Tour de Trump in 1990 because his other business ventures were experiencing financial woes. The race continued for several more years as the Tour DuPont.
5. Professional wrestling
Trump has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. Hr also appeared in WrestleMania VII. He was interviewed by Jesse Ventura ringside at WrestleMania XX. Trump appeared at WrestleMania 23 in a match called "The Battle of the Billionaires." Trump was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 at Madison Square Garden for his contributions to the promotion. He made his sixth WrestleMania appearance the next night.