Angel City FC Leads NWSL in Team Valuations at $180M
The first-ever NWSL team valuations dropped on Wednesday via Sportico, and the celeb-backed Angel City FC tops the list with an estimated $180 million valuation with $31 million in revenue. Ranking second are the San Diego Wave, with a $90 million valuation and $16 million in revenue, while the Kansas City Current sit in third at $75 million and $10 million in revenue. The reigning NWSL champions Portland Thorns sit in fourth with $65 million and $10.5 million in profits, and rounding out the top five are the Washington Spirit at $54 million ($6 million in revenue).
Prime Video Links Up with David Chang for Thursday Night Football Features
Amazon is teaming up with television personality and author David Chang to bring a number of on-air features to Thursday Night Football on Prime Video, highlighting the unique cultures, cuisines, and supporters across all NFL teams. Per the release, Chang will “profile restaurants and chefs that define their communities, visit the best local tailgates at NFL stadiums, and celebrate how food is rooted in gameday traditions across America.” For those turning into the Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders game on Thursday evening, you can watch the debut spot then. However, the various segments will air throughout select TNF games this season on Prime Video.
WNBA Teases Expansion Ahead of Finals Tipoff
Basketball fans have been long waiting for news of a WNBA expansion team, and it looks like the league is finally going to grant that wish. The WNBA posted a teaser video online Wednesday hinting that an announcement is coming Thursday regarding a 13th team. Reporting from The Mercury News suggests that the Bay Area will earn the bid and begin play in 2025. The Golden State Warriors are expected to hold a press conference on Thursday regarding the matter. According to The Athletic, the forthcoming WNBA franchise will be owned by Warriors majority partner Joe Lacob and will also play at the Chase Center and practice at the Warriors’ facility in Oakland.
2030 FIFA Men’s World Cup to be Hosted by Morocco, Spain & Portugal
The 2030 Men’s FIFA World Cup is going global, set to feature games in six countries across three continents. On Wednesday, FIFA agreed to a deal between the sport’s continental leaders to accept a bid led by co-hosts Spain, Portugal, and Morocco as the only candidate for the hosting rights. The arrangement also includes staging games in South American countries Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay to mark a century since the first World Cup was played. The 1930 tournament was hosted and won by Uruguay. All six federations will automatically qualify for the 48-team competition, with FIFA announcing that the opening game of the tournament will be played at the Estádio Centenário in Montevideo, the site of the World Cup’s first-ever final.
Jeff Hamilton, Orlando Magic Collaborate for Limited-edition 35th Anniversary Jacket
Renowned fashion designer Jeff Hamilton and the Orlando Magic have collaborated on a jacket that celebrates the team’s 35th anniversary. On Tuesday, the franchise posted images of its players sporting the “one-of-a-kind” piece. The jacket features retro Magic imagery across a dual-tone black and blue background, with the former hue outlining the city’s skyline. There are also symbolic years down one sleeve and various embroidered patches on the other. The phrase “The City Beautiful” is written across the bottom on the backside. Retailing for $500, the Magic claim that there are only 100, available exclusively for in-store pick up.
Amazon Pulls Plug on Amp
Calling it a “difficult decision,” Amazon is shutting down Amp, a live audio platform where users could host their own show, and callers could join and request to participate. Launched in March 2022, Amazon helped legitimize the feature thanks to famous faces like Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, and Pusha T, all of whom hosted their own shows. “In creating Amp, we tried something that had never been done before and built a product that gave creators a place where they could build genuine connections with each other and share a common love for music,” a portion of its statement read via Bloomberg. Like most of big tech’s add-on services, the Amp division was hit with layoffs last year and, as of late, has struggled to meet internal goals around monthly active users and other key metrics.