Lionel Messi Named Co-owner of KRÜ Esports
Lionel Messi is keeping busy this offseason. Adding to his business portfolio, it was revealed Tuesday that the Inter Miami captain has joined former Argentina teammate Sergio Agüero‘s Esports company KRÜ Esports as a co-owner. KRÜ Esports came about after Agüero began streaming his online gaming during the COVID-19 lockdown. Since its 2020 inception, KRÜ has had teams compete in major esports such as Valorant and Rocket League. “I’m happy to share a club with Leo, of course now in a new stage and with other challenges,” Agüero said about Messi‘s new role. “It’s an honour to have him as a part of KRÜ. He’s the best footballer in history, and he’s also a great friend. He is a figure who inspires everyone and will be a great addition to the scene as a whole.”
Frankfurt Game Between Chiefs & Dolphins Breaks NFL Network Record
In what could have been a preview for the postseason, viewership for the NFL‘s first-ever Frankfurt game — second in Germany — between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins averaged 9.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched NFL Network international game ever. The viewership numbers for the Chiefs’ 21-14 victory was a 66% increase compared to last year’s Week 10 game in Munich between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5.8 million). This season, the three international games on NFL Network are averaging 6.5 million viewers (TV+Digital), a 20% jump relative to the 2022 international three-game average (5.4 million). The final overseas match of the 2023 season is scheduled for this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET with the Indianapolis Colts taking on the New England Patriots from Frankfurt.
Tiger Woods, David Blitzer Headline Ownership Group for Final TGL Squad
One could say they saved the best for last. The sixth TGL team was announced Tuesday, and it will be led by none other than Tiger Woods, founder of the tech-infused indoor golf league he helped develop with Rory McIlroy. Woods’ TGR Ventures will be co-owners of the final team, Jupiter Links GC, alongside David Blitzer, who founded Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment with Josh Harris and is co-owner of the Cleveland Guardians and Washington Commanders. He is also a managing partner with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils. Woods is the first player named to the team’s roster, with the remaining three players to be announced in the coming weeks. TGL competition begins Jan. 9 in prime time on ESPN and ESPN+ from SoFi Center, a purpose-built venue in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
WeWork Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Remain Operational
Once the premier place to be to network with other entrepreneurs surrounded by kitschy decor, WeWork filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New Jersey federal court Monday after years of struggling to find its footing and a slew of empty office spaces. According to a release sent out by the company, the bankruptcy filing is limited to WeWork’s locations in the US and Canada. WeWork added it will remain open and operational as it renegotiates its leases and debt concerns. WeWork also mentioned that investors holding 92% of the company’s secured debt have agreed to adjust the terms of their loans to help them “remain the global leader in flexible work.”
Ally Paying for Players' Family Members to Attend NWSL Final
Ally, the NWSL’s primary sponsor and official banking partner, is continuing its commitment to covering the expenses for two family members/guests of each player playing in the NWSL Championship, ensuring the athlete’s loved ones can attend this weekend’s final in San Diego. Through its Player Allies program, the Ally initiative includes arranging game tickets, flights, and accommodations, alleviating the financial burden of travel expenses for NWSL players and their families. The highly-anticipated match, which includes the final professional games for both Gotham FC defender Ali Krieger and OL Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe, kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.