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November 10, 2023

A Museum Dedicated to LeBron James is Opening in Akron

A museum dedicated solely to the life and career of LeBron James is coming to Akron. The LeBron James Family Foundation confirmed the news Thursday, sharing on X that the LeBron James’ Home Court will be located at House Three Thirty and will open on Nov. 25. “LeBron James’ Home Court is a multimedia storytelling experience that offers a look at LeBron’s life with never-before-seen items along his journey from Akron to the NBA, Olympics, business, philanthropy and beyond,” it reads on the museum’s Eventbrite page. The NBA revealed that among the items on display will be the all-white suit LeBron wore at the 2003 NBA Draft, his jersey from the McDonald’s All-American Game, and an original backboard and rim from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where James dazzled and garnered early attention as a teenager.

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NWSL Agees to 4-year Media Rights Deal Across ESPN, CBS, Prime Video & Scripps

The National Women’s Soccer League announced Thursday a four-year media rights agreement featuring all 118 matches on ESPN, CBS Sports, Prime Video, and Scripps Sports. Beginning in 2024, the NWSL will begin each regular-season weekend with Friday night matches on Prime Video. Each following Saturday night will include double-header matches in primetime on Scripps’ ION network. A package of regular-season matches will also be televised on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, with CBS Sports showing additional games throughout the season. Finally, ESPN will air matches across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes, as well as stream them on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The package is worth $60 million per year and $240 million over the four-year term, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Boardroom’s Russell Steinberg has more on the broadcast deal.

Andre Iguodala Set to Take over the Top Spot at the NBPA

Newly retired NBA player Andre Iguodala is taking over as acting executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, it announced Thursday. The four-time NBA champion is replacing Tamika Tremaglio, who is leaving after less than two years on the job to pursue new opportunities. Iguodala announced his retirement on Oct. 20 following a 19-year career that included four NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, a Finals MVP, an All-Star appearance, and two all-defensive team honors. When his retirement was made official, Iguodala also announced he would be running Mosaic, a $200 million venture capital fund he recently raised alongside long-time business partner Rudy Cline-Thomas. 

Boardroom’s Shlomo Sprung has more information on Iguodala’s latest challenge.

Beyoncé Drops Second Trailer for Renaissance Tour Film, Custom Merch

Less than a month to go before Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé hits theaters on Dec 1., Beyoncé shared a new trailer for the project on Thursday, and it features some more behind-the-scenes clips of the intense preparation she did to perform 57 sold-out shows for her Renaissance World Tour this year. “In this world that is very male-dominated, I’ve had to be really tough,” Beyoncé says. “To balance motherhood and being on this stage. It just reminds me of who I really am.” Fans have been craving “visuals” ever since Renaissance dropped in July 2022. In the trailer, the 29-time Grammy winner can be heard letting concert-goers know she is finally delivering on that plea. We also have a peak of the limited edition themed popcorn buckets and cups fans can snag at select AMC Theaters when they see the concert movie.

Tennis Star Daniil Medvedev is Joining M80's Ownership Group

On Friday, M80, an international gaming and esports entertainment organization, shared that No. 3 ranked men’s tennis player Daniil Medvedev will join its ownership group. In this role, Medvedev will advise the organization on esports endeavors while combining his experience with sports psychology across M80’s teams. “Just as in tennis, success in esports demands mental resilience and dedication. Marco and the team have created one of the world’s most exciting esports brands, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the growth of the company and giving fans more ways to engage with M80,” Medvedev said in a statement. A serious gamer, the 2021 US Open champion boasts current relationships with Ubisoft/Rainbow Six Siege and HyperX and is ranked among the top 2.9% of Rainbow Six gamers worldwide.

Vice Media Lays Off More Staff Amid Restructure

Serious changes are coming to Vice Media, and that begins with the exit of dozens of staffers. In a memo sent by CEOs Bruce Dixon and Hozefa Lokhandwala on Thursday, the duo confirmed the layoffs but assured the Brooklyn-based media company is not going away. “Vice will continue to produce digital news, as well as Vice News documentaries, both series and films, for FAST Channels, streaming services and other partners,” they promised. Vice Media is also consolidating its lines of business, downsizing from five to two. Publishing, news, and creative services will fall under one sector, and studios, along with TV, and distribution encompass the other.