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November 3, 2023

Diversity Among NFL Coaches Rises Slightly; Steelers Boast Most Diverse Staff

The percentage of NFL coaches of color rose by nearly one percentage point year-over-year in 2023, per a USA Today report released Thursday. Of the league’s 752 coaches in 2023, 44.3% identify as people of color, up from 43.5% of 722 coaches in 2022. The five most diverse coaching staffs currently in the NFL are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and Washington Commanders. The five least diverse coaching staffs are the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Boardroom’s Shlomo Sprung has more details on the annual report.

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Sam Bankman-Fried Found Guilty on All Counts

The jury trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried came to a swift conclusion on Thursday. The disgraced former billionaire was found guilty on seven charges of fraud and conspiracy. Bankman-Fried took the stand last week and expressed that he had never set out to commit any crimes and was not clear that moves he authorized to siphon money through Alameda Research proved to be illegal. He could face up to a maximum of 115 years in prison; however, his fate will not be sealed until his sentencing hearing takes place on March 28.

CBS Ad Space for Super Bowl LVIII is 'Virtually Sold Out'

CBS is checking off a major revenue milestone this week. On Thursday, a company spokesperson told Variety that advertising inventory for next February’s Super Bowl LVIII is “virtually sold out” and well ahead of schedule. For companies looking to promote their product during the primetime game, CBS reportedly wanted between $6.5 million to $7 million for a 30-second ad. For context, Fox hauled in around $600 million in advertising revenue for its broadcast of Super Bowl LVII earlier this year, asking $7 million for one 30-second spot. Super Bowl LVII recorded an average audience of 115.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in American television history.

Apple Outpaces Expectations Despite Overall Drop in Sales

Over the course of the last week, Apple’s been pulling out all the stops in the run-up to its Q4 earnings report. The tech giant unveiled its most recent quarterly earnings on Thursday after the final bell, and the results were better than analysts had predicted. The iPhone15 drove the company’s $89.5 billion in revenue for the quarter, with its sales outpacing the iPhone14 during the same period last year. However, Apple did see its overall sales numbers dip for the fourth quarter in a row. The quarter’s highlight came from a 16% surge in the company’s online-services division. The company is banking on its newly-revealed desktop computer to drive product sales in the the present quarter.

Nike Officially Reveals City Edition Jerseys For All 30 NBA Teams

Nike officially unveiled its 2023-24 City Edition jerseys for all 30 NBA teams on Thursday, and the majority of them deviate from the team’s traditional colors in favor of unique hues and eye-catching designs. The league said the uniforms “represent the stories, history and heritage that make each franchise unique — honoring the inherent bond between court, community and culture.” Fans can watch their favorite team wear the Nike jerseys throughout the NBA In-Season Tournament, which tips off Friday with a Group Play doubleheader. The New York Knicks face off against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Denver Nuggets versus the Dallas Mavericks at 10 p.m. ET.

The Beatles' Final Song 'Now And Then' Available to Stream

The final song from the Beatles — “Now And Then” — is now available on streaming services, and everyone is listening to it. Even SportsCenter got in on the fun, giving its viewers the chance to hear the music single by running it during a mid-afternoon episode on Thursday. The release marks the first “new” song by the legendary rock band since 1995. The late John Lennon wrote and recorded the track at his New York City home in the late 1970s. Thanks to AI, “Now and Then” features the sound of all four bandmates, including the voice of Lennon and a guitar solo from the late George Harrison. The Beatles had 20 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Penny Lane,” and “All You Need is Love.”

Wilson Takes Page Out of NBA's Playbook with City Edition Basketball Collection

Inspired by elements of the NBA Nike City Edition jerseys, Wilson unveiled its own 2023-24 City Edition basketball collection on Thursday. Arriving in Collectors and Standard iterations, the limited-edition balls highlight the distinct culture of each team’s hometown. For example, Philadelphia‘s “City of Brotherly Love” nickname is inscribed on the team’s ball, while the Phoenix Suns version arrives in a colorway that resembles what someone would liken to desert tones. Wilson‘s City Edition basketball collection retails for $74.95 and is available on Wilson.com.