Nike Goes Back to School with Bronny James USC Jerseys
We are still a few months out from Bronny James‘ official on-court debut as a USC Trojan. However, Nike is ensuring that fans are on the ready. The Beaverton brand unveiled some official Bronny USC merch for the first time. The Swoosh listed a classic t-shirt in the signature cardinal and gold and featuring the number 6. However, fans rushed the site, leading it to sell out soon after its release. James is only the second college athlete to receive the official Nike scholarly treatment, following in the footsteps of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark. James will step on the court for his freshman year after he experienced a cardiac event while practicing earlier this summer.
Nicki Minaj Tapped to Emcee the MTV VMAs
Nicki Minaj is set to drop Pink Friday 2, her first album since 2010’s Queen, in November. And in advance, she is getting back in the game. MTV revealed that the rapper will take the stage in a dual role at next Tuesday’s Video Music Awards, where she will serve both as the evening’s emcee and a performer. This is the second year in a row that Minaj will assume hosting duties (although MTV’s announcement seemingly avoids the term), having shared them last year with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.
Deion Sanders, Colorado Football Drawing Huge Betting Numbers Ahead of Week 2
After a shocking Week 1 win against the TCU Horned Frogs, all eyes are on Deion Sanders and the Colorado squad as they take on Nebraska. In advance of Saturday’s kickoff, bettors are locking in on the game. ESPN reports that the matchup has taken in more bets than any NFL game on the league’s opening weekend. A deeper look at the data provided by FanDuel reveals that the Buffs have received 37% of Saturday’s handle. This weekend, the team will sport custom suits from Michael Strahan‘s signature line. The threads, co-designed by Coach Prime, feature the school’s mascot and “IBELIEVE” lining.
CNBC x Boardroom Set to Premiere 'Game Plan' Summary Show
This July, some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment gathered in Los Angeles for a gripping day of programming as part of the inaugural CNBC x Boardroom Game Plan event. The day’s lineup included ESPN chairman James Pitaro, NWSL commisioner Jessica Berman, NBA Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero, and many more. This Saturday at 3 PM EST, CNBC will debut a summary special spotlighting some of the day’s brightest moments.
CEO of the Recording Academy Debunks News that AI-Generated Drake & The Weeknd Cut is Grammy Eligible
The CEO of The Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., took to Instagram to debunk the internet rumor that the AI-generated cut assembled in the style of Drake and The Weeknd will receive Grammy Award consideration. Ghostwriter977’s “Heart on My Sleeve” took over social media upon its release. Drake repeatedly spoke out against AI in music, and it appears that The Recording Academy is aligned with his criticism. “Let me be extra, extra clear,” Mason Jr. said in a short video, “even though it was written by a human creator, the vocals were not legally obtained, the vocals were not cleared by the label or the artists and the song is not commercially available and because of that, it’s not eligible.” He went on to address that AI in music is a tricky subject with which the Recording Academy is currently grappling.
Oregon St. & Washington St. File Complaint Against Pac-12
Oregon State and Washington State, the only two schools committed to the Pac-12 beyond this school year, have filed a legal complaint against the conference in an effort to keep departing members from determining the league’s fate. WSU and OSU argue that conference bylaws state the 10 departing schools should not be allowed seats on the league’s board of directors. That would deny the outgoing schools the right to vote on matters including the potential dissolution of the conference and equal division of assets among the 12 schools. This comes ahead of a Sept. 13 meeting in which the league is scheduled to vote on a “go forward governance approach.” All 12 member schools are invited.