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December 9, 2023

US, Mexico Submit Joint Bid for 2027 Women’s World Cup

Global soccer’s biggest event may be headed to North America for back-to-back tournaments. The 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup will take over the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Now, the US and Mexico are teaming up for a joint bid for the Women’s World Cup the following year. Women’s sports have surged in the US over the last year, motivating the move. US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said, “This is a pivotal time for women’s soccer. … This will not only unlock the economic potential of women’s soccer, it will send a message to young players around the world that there is no limit to what they can achieve.” Currently, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have a joint proposal, while Brazil also entered one earlier this fall.

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Taylor Swift Becomes First-ever Artist to Break $1B in Touring

The Eras Tour continues to rewrite history. Pollstar released data on Friday which highlighted that Taylor Swift’s global run has already taken in over $1 billion. The figure does not even include the estimated $200 million in merch sold. The news bumps Swift to the top of the list of top tours in history. With the international and domestic dates on the calendar in 2024, Swift is expected to approach an astonishing $2 billion by its conclusion.

Dak Prescott 'Talks Shit' in New Campaign

Dak Prescott is teaming up with Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort to “talk shit” — literally. The Cowboys QB is the face of a new campaign about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. “Lead from Behind” seeks to break the stigma of discussing the disease, which has an outsized effect on the African-American community. For Prescott, the participation is personal. He lost his mother to colon cancer. “I’d like to thank Dak for joining Rob McElhenney, Terry Crews, and me in helping raise awareness for dropping your drawers,” Reynolds said in a statement. “This is a highly preventable cancer and the more we advocate for and destigmatize the colorectal screening process, the more real lives are saved.

Paramount Stock Surges Amid Rumors of Takeover

Is Paramount on the selling block? Rumors emerged that Skydance and RedBird are exploring an opportunity to take over the entertainment conglomerate. Paramount posted its best quarterly results in recent memory last month, driven by increased subscription numbers and the progress of its sale of Simon & Schuster to private equity firm KKR. The stock surged 12% during trading on Friday in response to the industry whispers.

Tom Brady and Fanatics Team up for MLB Throwback

Tom Brady will forever be the elite No. 12. Now, the seven-time Super Bowl champ is teaming up with Fanatics to commemorate his one-time promising MLB career. The Montreal Expos drafted Brady, then a high school senior, in the 1995 MLB Draft, but he forewent the opportunity to attend the University of Michigan, and the rest is history. However, Fanatics re-imagined what could have been with the “Dream Draft Card,” which fittingly drops on 12/12.

Art Basel Installation Draws Opportunity to Win $1M By Draining 34 Shots

Art Basel is kicking off in South Beach this weekend. The annual arts and culture event brings incredible creativity at the intersections of art, entertainment, music, sports, and more. This year, artist CJ Hendry will display a new sculpture that blends hoops and high-brow art he created in partnership with the City of Miami. Lucky viewers can try to sink 34 consecutive shots in return for a $1 million cash prize. The artist reflected on the project, saying, “Designing HOOPS Tree has been interesting because its scale is enormous and it’s so much heavier than I anticipated. The engineering team helped with the specs to make it safe and sturdy. All these components make for a fascinating combination of practicality and creativity. Having an artwork that will live on in a public space indefinitely is a real honor and I am so excited to see it come to life.”