JJ Redick to Replace Doc Rivers for ESPN's NBA Finals Coverage
JJ Redick has found his stride as an NBA announcer, and now he’ll join one of the best teams in the game. The long-time journeyman has made a name for himself as an analyst following his retirement. As Doc Rivers stepped off the set and into his new role as the Milwaukee Bucks head coach, ESPN found itself scrambling for its upcoming playoff coverage. The Athletic’s Andrew Marchand reports that sources confirm recent rumors that Redick will step into the role on the network’s first team, joining Doris Burke and Mike Breen in covering the NBA Finals. ESPN has not confirmed the news at this time.
Adam Sandler Teams up with Josh Safdie for Netflix Special
Adam Sandler is looking to continue his reign at Netflix. The actor and comedian announced that he will record a second standup special for the streaming giant. The production is part of Sandler’s overall deal with Netflix, which is worth a reported $250 million. While details on the upcoming special are still limited, insiders have confirmed that Sandler is set to reunite with Josh Safdie, who directed Sandler in the critically acclaimed Uncut Gems alongside his brother Benny. It will be Sandler’s first standup special since 2018’s 100% Fresh.
Bitcoin Continues to Surge, Hovers Around $50K
Just last week, Boardroom’s Michelai Graham broke down Bitcoin‘s rise back over an average of $42,000 in the month of January. Market forces have resulted in the cryptocurrency‘s steady rise well into February. On Monday, Bitcoin eclipsed the $50,000 mark for the first time since 2022. Several analysts point to the recent Bitcoin ETF approval as a primary driver of the corresponding surge in value. Additionally, China has relaxed its crypto regulations, leading to an increase in demand.
Former Spurs Legend Tony Parker to Release Wine
The wine industry has become a popular destination for NBA players – both active and retired – with names like James Harden and Carmelo Anthony boasting their own brands. Time to add former San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker to that list after announcing he will release his first wine in May. More specifically, Parker is launching a rosé from Chateau Saint Laurent, according to Bloomberg. After retiring in 2019, the four-time NBA champion was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2023.
Margot Robbie's LuckyChap Inks First-look Deal with Warner Bros. Discovery
The Oscars are less than a month away. While Margot Robbie may have been snubbed in the Best Actress category for her dynamic role in Barbie, the film‘s success has Hollywood in a stronghold and excited for her next production. Robbie not only starred in Barbie but also served as one of the film’s producers as part of her production company, LuckyChap. Now, she and her business partners, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara, have inked a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Discovery. The studio’s co-heads, Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy, confirmed the news in a statement, saying, “As we build our theatrical film slate, Warner Bros Discovery continues to invest and commit to working with the greatest partners in front of and behind the camera and LuckyChap is certainly among the very best. We are excited to have Margot, Tom and Josey join our extended family, making movies of all sizes and genres for moviegoers the world over.”
Homefield Apparel Gets Into the NIL Game
Homefield Apparel is known for its vintage college apparel, but the company is entering a new space by announcing its inaugural NIL program on Monday. In the newly launched program, Homefield has partnered with five NIL collectives nationwide — Boilermaker Alliance, Classic City Collective, Florida Victorious, Hoosiers Connect, and Wildcat NIL — representing student-athletes from Purdue, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, and Kansas State, respectively. Per the company’s announcement, Homefield will allocate 10% of sales revenue generated to a specific collective, sharing up to 20% on specified days.