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November 7, 2023

Damar Hamlin Creates Scholarships to Honor Medical Staff Credited with Saving His Life

When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin returned to Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium Sunday night, it marked his first time back since he was resuscitated on the field after suffering cardiac arrest in January. This time, Hamlin met with the 10 medical professionals who helped him regain consciousness that Monday night. The 25-year-old treated the UC Medical Staff members to dinner and surprised each of them with a scholarship in their name. Chasing M’s, Hamlin’s non-profit, will award $1,000 in scholarships to “support youth in Cincy to chase their dreams” for the next three years. There will be 10 people picked to correspond with the 10 medical professionals who aided Hamlin.


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Alcohol Sales Rising in Power Five College Football Stadiums, Survey Says

According to a report published by the Associated Press on Monday, 80% of Power Five conference schools, as well as independent Notre Dame, now sell alcohol in the public areas of their stadiums on game days. That means 55 of the eligible 69 institutions. Of the remaining colleges, some sell booze in non-public areas of the venue, such as suites; others do not sell alcohol at all. The study also found that 19 schools currently in Power Five conferences began selling alcohol to spectators during college football games in 2019. Before that, just 20 such schools allowed it. After years of selling alcohol, the University of North Carolina says it has made about $4 million in sales. After having $320,213 in net sales during the 2019-20 athletic year, the school quadrupled that number last year and will see another jump after this season.

Andraya Carter Makes History with Full-time Role on ESPN's 'College GameDay'

Basketball analyst Andraya Carter will become the first woman with a permanent role on ESPN’s hoops version of its “College GameDay” show, the network announced Monday. ESPN will now feature the former Tennessee Volunteer across both men’s and women’s college basketball desks, while Carter will also dip into NBA and WNBA coverage for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Carter recently inked a multi-year extension with ESPN, and in addition to NBA sideline reporter duties, will continue her role as a main-set analyst at the NBA Draft.

Daft Punk, Tems, Rosalía & Tyler, the Creator to Get Own Spotify Merch Collection

Spotify is entering the merch space and plans to launch full-on capsule collections in collaboration with some of its top-performing artists, including Daft Punk, Tyler, the CreatorTems, and Rosalía. This news comes on the heels of the streaming platform launching its inaugural collection for Mexican artist Peso Pluma last week for a Día de los Muertos line. The pieces included hoodies, t-shirts, jerseys, and bandanas featuring iconography and imagery from Pluma’s recent works. Shop apparel at spotifycapsule.com.

Disney Taps Former PepsiCo Executive as New Chief Financial Officer

The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday the hiring of PepsiCo veteran Hugh Johnston as its chief financial officer, reporting to CEO Bob Iger as he tries to turn around the media brand’s decline in streaming losses and share price. A University of Chicago business school alum, Johnson spent 34 years at the food and beverage company, assuming the role of CFO in 2010. Per the Disney release, Johnson will “lead the company’s worldwide finance organization, which includes corporate real estate, corporate strategy and business development, enterprise controllership, enterprise technology, financial planning and analysis, global product and labor standards, global security, investor relations, risk management, tax, and treasury.” Disney’s previous CFO, Christine McCarthy, stepped down in June.

NWSL Reveals Best XI Honors Ahead of NWSL Final

Ahead of this weekend’s championship match between NJ/NY Gotham FC and OL Reign, the NWSL revealed on Monday the recipients of the 2023 Best XI First Team and Best XI Second Team awards, presented by Mastercard. The honors are based on a weighted voting scale made up of players (40%), owners/GMs/coaches (25%), media (25%), and fans (10%). Jane Campbell from the Houston Dash represents the goalkeeper position, while Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Ali Krieger (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Sarah Gorden (Angel City FC), and Sam Staab (Washington Spirit) make up the defenders. Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), Debinha (Kansas City Current), Jaedyn Shaw (San Diego Wave FC), Kerolin (North Carolina Courage), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), and Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham FC) represent the midfielders and forwards. The NWSL Final is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. ET.