Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris Tapped for FanDuel x Spotify Super Bowl Party
In a collab between two of the heaviest hitters in their respective industries, FanDuel and Spotify are teaming up on a Super Bowl party headlined by Calvin Harris and Kid Cudi. Held at LIV inside the Fountainbleu Resort on Feb. 9, this marks FanDuel‘s third annual Super Bowl event. FanDuel has been the sports betting partner of Spotify‘s sports and pop culture podcast network, The Ringer, since 2021. In addition to performances from Calvin Harris and Kid Cudi, attendees will also be treated to a live recording of “The Ringer Gambling Show” podcast with hosts John “JJ” Jastremski, Raheem Palmer, and “Cousin Sal” Iacono.
Meta Shares Jump Over 20% On Heels of Strong Earnings Report
Meta shares soared more than 20% on Friday on the heels of strong fourth-quarter results, pushing Facebook’s parent company to its third-best day ever. Per Bloomberg, Meta added that it would pay investors a quarterly dividend for the first time, a payout of $ 0.50 per share on March 26. The California-based firm also announced a $50 billion share buyback. Despite this good news, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he intends to keep the roster growth “relatively minimal” for this year. “Until we reach a point where we are just really under water on our ability to execute, I kind of want to keep things lean because I think that’s the right thing for us to do culturally,” he explained.
Theo Epstein Returns to Red Sox, Takes Part Ownership in Fenway Sports Group
Former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is getting an ownership stake in Fenway Sports Group and will also take on a role as a senior advisor for the Red Sox, the company confirmed Friday. “For me, it’s perfect. I was looking for a pathway into ownership,” Fenway said about the transition. Having built the roster that broke Boston’s 86-year World Series drought, this marks Epstein’s return to the Red Sox organization after 13 years away. He became the Red Sox’s general manager in 2002 at age 28 and also held the title of Executive Vice President. Epstein also won a World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
Amazon's Spending on Video & Music Increased Nearly 14% in 2023
Amazon’s spending on video and music content climbed 13.8% to $18.9 billion in 2023, a 10-K filing that dropped Friday revealed. That number includes licensing and production costs associated with content offered for Amazon Prime subscribers and costs associated with digital subscriptions and sold/rented material. An increase in spending occurred amid the dual strikes by Hollywood guilds, which interfered with production across the film and TV industry. In the fourth quarter last year, Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky told analysts that Amazon had a higher spend on digital content, “especially around live sports, English Premier League, and Champions League in Germany and Italy, for example.”
Collection of Air Jordans Worn By MJ in NBA Finals Victories Breaks Sale Record
The Dynasty Collection, a complete set of six individual Air Jordan sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in his NBA Finals championship games, sold for $8 million to an unnamed buyer, Sotheby‘s confirmed on Friday morning. The sale set a new global record for game-worn sneakers at auction. The Dynasty Collection consists of all the Hall of Famer’s Finals wins, starting with Jordan‘s first victory with the Chicago Bulls in 1991 all the way through his final season with the team in 1998. The full Air Jordan sneaker collection was sold as part of “The One Auction,” a cross-category sale that spotlights exemplary human feats.
NHL Players to Participate in 2026 & 2030 Winter Olympics
NHL players will compete in the Winter Olympics for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments, the league said Friday, as part of a joint deal with the NHL Players Association, the International Ice Hockey Federation, and the International Olympic Committee. “The international composition of National Hockey League rosters is unparalleled, and NHL Players take great pride in representing their countries,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. Despite nearly playing in 2022, NHL players have not been able to participate in the Winter Olympics since 2014 in Sochi. The 2026 Games are set to take play from Feb. 6-22 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, while the IOC will announce the 2030 host country in July.