Aces, Liberty Make WNBA Finals History with Most-watched Game 4 Ever
Game 4 of the WNBA Finals was literally decided at the last second. Behind Finals MVP A’ja Wilson’s 24 points and 16 rebounds, the Las Vegas Aces beat the New York Liberty 70-69 on Wednesday, becoming the first team to win back-to-back WNBA titles in 21 years. On Thursday, ESPN announced that Wednesday’s Game 4 was the most-watched in WNBA Finals history, with viewership up 124% compared to last year’s Game 4 audience. The broadcast peaked at 1.3 million viewers — during the fourth quarter of the series-clinching showdown — while holding an average of 889,000 viewers throughout.
Andre Iguodala Announces NBA Retirement, Takes Over Mosaic
Andre Iguodala officially calls it a career, announcing his retirement on Friday. The 19-year veteran was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and spent the first half of his career there before finding a new home with the Golden State Warriors. Iguodala leaves the NBA with four titles (2016, 2017, 2018, 2022) and one Finals MVP honor (2015) — all in Golden State. “Time started to get limited for me, and I didn’t want to put anything in the back seat,” Iguodala said. “I didn’t want to have to try to delegate time anymore. Especially with on the court, off the court with family. A lot.” As for what’s next, Iggy will oversee Mosaic, a $200 million venture capital fund that he raised with longtime business partner Rudy Cline-Thomas.
FaZe Clan Sells 55% of its Stock to GameSquare Holdings
FaZe Clan, the gaming collective that gained popularity during the pandemic, announced Friday that it reached a deal to sell 55% of its stock to GameSquare Holdings, a Texas-based esports company backed by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. FaZe’s founders will keep their C-suite roles, with Richard “FaZe Banks” Bengston serving as CEO, Thomas “FaZe Temperrr” Oliveira as President, and Yousef “FaZe Apex” Abdelfattah as COO. “I’m confident that with Tommy, Apex, and me back in charge of the brand, FaZe Clan will get back to where it was in its peak years,” Bengston said. “We grew up on the internet and understand this brand better than anyone ever could. We are grateful to have found a partner in GameSquare who sees that value in us and can help execute our vision. We’re going to produce first, talk later.”
Raiders' Maxx Crosby Becomes Equity Investor in Slate Milk
Maxx Crosby is one of the NFL’s best edge rushers for the Las Vegas Raiders. Known throughout the league for his powerful rush and shrewd sensibilities, Crosby has expanded his skillset beyond the gridiron. Over the last few years, he’s tackled a number of different challenges, from media ventures to entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, he’s expanding his resume, signing on as an equity investor with Slate Milk, Crosby told Boardroom. “I loved the product right away and thought it would be something that would blow up,” he said.
Bad Bunny Included as Playable Character in Special Edition of WWE 2K23
Wrestling enthusiasts can now hit the ring as an international superstar thanks to a new WWE 2K23 playable character — Bad Bunny. The playable character will be decked out head to toe in the music star’s Adidas ensemble he wore at this year’s Backlash event in Puerto Rico. The WWE 2K23 Bad Bunny Edition is available for $139.99 and includes the WWE 2K23 Icon Edition with the Bad Bunny Superstar Pack, which features loads of exclusive content. Those who already own the game can buy the Bad Bunny Superstar Pack as a stand-alone purchase for $9.99. The news comes after Bad Bunny just announced a 47-show run across North America for his Most Wanted Tour.
TGL Partnering with Fanatics Ahead of Inaugural 2024 Season
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy‘s new golf league, TGL, has signed a multiyear partnership with Fanatics. The agreement gives the e-commerce company the rights to design and manufacture league-wide and team-specific gear for TGL as the official licensee. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Fanatics shared it will open a new online store that will allow supporters to showcase their passion for the new league and teams. So far, five of the six ownership groups have been announced, and the inaugural TGL season is scheduled to tee off in January 2024.