Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, are bringing the Miami Sound Machine to the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced at a news conference Thursday that the Estefans are joining the NFL franchise as minority owners. Gloria Estefan says she is a "hard core" sports fan and is happy to be a part of her hometown team.

Last month, Ross also began a partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville enterprise, which includes Land Shark Lager. Buffett has yet to accept Ross' invitation to become a minority owner, but the Dolphins' stadium has been renamed Land Shark Stadium for this season.

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MIAMI (AP) _ Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, appear set to take on a new role with the Miami Dolphins.

In a press conference Thursday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is expected to announce that the Estefans are buying a small ownership stake in the NFL team. News of the deal was first reported Monday, but at the time, the team confirmed only that the Estefans and Ross will make a "major announcement" Thursday on behalf of the Dolphins.

Last month, Ross also began a partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville enterprise, which includes Land Shark Lager. Buffett has yet to accept Ross' invitation to become a minority owner, but the Dolphins' stadium has been renamed Land Shark Stadium for this season.