Singer Marc Anthony takes a minority stake in Miami Dolphins

NEW YORK — Marc Anthony has sold more than 10 million albums, performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans and ranks as the biggest selling salsa singer of all-time. But even the smooth celebrity singer seemed a bit overwhelmed Tuesday when, as expected, he announced he is now a minority owner in the Miami Dolphins.

``I could quite possibly be staring at the first day of the rest of my life,'' the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter said in a news conference in New York. ``That's quite exciting at this stage of the game. I'm a little nervous. I'd rather sing. That's much easier to me.

``It's a storied franchise, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm going to try to make it to my seat because my knees are a little weak.''

Anthony becomes the latest celebrity to partner with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, joining Jimmy Buffett (whose beer is now part of Land Shark Stadium's name) and minority owners Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Anthony did not disclose his percentage in the team, which isn't believed to be large. ``This is a money transaction. Mark is writing a check to be an owner,'' Ross said. ``This isn't any barter where he is being paid to perform.''

Anthony, who lives in New York City but is looking for a residence in Miami, said he was ``raised in a sports family'' -- his godfather is former Giants coach Jim Fassel. He began considering investing in a sports team three years ago and approached the Dolphins a few months ago after learning Ross was receptive to adding partners.

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