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December 8, 2023

Coco Gauff Edges Iga Swiatek as Highest-paid Female Athlete in 2023

It’s safe to say Coco Gauff had a successful and lucrative 2023. Sportico dropped its annual list of highest-paid female athletes for 2023, and the tennis star topped it for the first time with an estimated annual earnings of $22.7 million. The 19-year-old Gauff took home $6.7 million in on-court earnings this year, including $3 million for winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open. Her $16 million in endorsement pay comes from partnerships with New Balance and Head, alongside other deals with Barilla pasta, Bose, UPS, and Rolex. Gauff narrowly beat out fellow tennis star Iga Swiatek, who ranked No. 2 at $21.9 million.

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Jon Rahm Joins LIV Ahead of PGA Tour Merger Deadline

Reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm has agreed to leave the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf League, he announced Thursday. The current world No. 3 famously guaranteed his commitment to the PGA Tour in early 2022, saying the Tour “is the best for me and my future in golf, and I think the best legacy I can accomplish will be with the PGA Tour.” Rahm‘s deal with LIV is expected to be worth between $450-600 million, making him among the richest the league has offered any golfer. For context, Forbes had the 29-year-old ninth on this year’s highest-paid golfers list with $52 million earned. The PGA Tour is in the final weeks of negotiations with officials from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to reach a framework agreement that will merge the two into PGA Tour Enterprises, a for-profit entity. The deadline to reach this agreement is set for Dec. 31.

Brittney Griner to Share Story in Documentary Exclusively on ESPN, Disney Platforms

Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner is partnering with ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television to share her story through various projects exclusively across their platforms. Per ESPN, a documentary feature from ESPN Films and scripted series development with ABC Signature is in the works. Griner will also sit down with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts for her first exclusive interview. Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, will also serve as an executive producer of the documentary, which will chronicle the 2014 WNBA champion’s 2022 arrest at a Moscow airport for traveling with less than a gram of hash oil and her subsequent 10-month detainment in Russian prison. The project will include exclusive footage, recordings, and letters sent to and from Griner during that time.

Angel City signs 18-year-old Gisele Thompson, Sister to Alyssa Thompson

Angel City FC announced Thursday the signing of 18-year-old defender Gisele Thompson, younger sister to breakout rookie Alyssa Thompson. A member of the US Women’s National Team’s youth setup, the NWSL club confirmed an agreement was reached on Nov. 28, four days before Thompson’s 18th birthday, through the league’s U-18 Entry Mechanism rule. Thompson signed a three-year contract with Angel City, with a one-year option attached, skipping college despite previously committing to Stanford. In 2021, the Thompson sisters became the first high school student-athletes to partner with Nike.

Amazon Testing Out Grocery Subscription Service for Prime Members

Amazon is testing out a new grocery subscription option for its Amazon Prime members. According to CNBC, subscribers in Denver, Sacramento, and Columbus can get unlimited grocery delivery on orders over $35 from Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh, which also offers unlimited 30-minute grocery pickup on orders of any size. Amazon has also been tinkering with the look of its physical grocery stores. In August, the company remodeled two Amazon Fresh stores in the Chicago area, along with three locations in the Los Angeles area, to feature a “warmer, brighter and more inviting space.”

Tidal Cuts 10% of Staff Ahead of 2024

Tidal laid off more than 10% — roughly 40 employees — of its staff this week. The streaming service, majority-owned by Jack Dorsey’s digital payments company Block, said that cutbacks occurred to “ensure we are able to continue to build and invest in critical areas of the business.” First reported by Bloomberg, the outlet’s anonymous sources suggest that the Tidal cuts include “a portion of the curation team that builds playlists.”