Rafael Nadal & Carlos Alcaraz to Headline Netflix's Next Live Sporting Event
Netflix is serving up another live sporting event. The streaming platform will air The Netflix Slam, a tennis match headlined by Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. The two Spaniards are scheduled to face off on March 3 and it will stream live from the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Nadal and Alcaraz have met three times in 2021 and 2022, with the veteran Nadal scoring two wins over who many are dubbing the new face of tennis. In the release, Netflix added that more players and matchups will be announced “at a later date.”
Damar Hamlin, Travis Kelce Among Most Googled People in 2023
Though Taylor Swift and Beyoncé undoubtedly dominated pop culture in 2023, the two superstars were surprisingly not the most Googled names. That honor belongs to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, according to Google’s Year in Search released Monday. On Jan. 2, Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during the Bills’ Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Google describes the methodology as the person who “had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2023 as compared to 2022.” Coming in second in the “People” category is Jeremy Renner, who had a severe medical issue of his own when he was run over by a snowplow on New Year’s Day. Andrew Tate came in at No. 3, while PSG‘s Kylian Mbappé and Kansas City Chiefs‘ Travis Kelce round out the top five.
'Barbie' & 'Succession' Lead the Way in Golden Globe Nominations
The nominations for the 81st Golden Globe Awards, which will be televised live by CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on Jan. 7, were announced on Monday morning. Summer blockbuster “Barbie” led the nominations with nine, followed by Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” with eight. In the television categories, “Succession” had the most with nine, followed by “The Bear” and “Only Murders in the Building” with five each. HBO/Max led all TV distributors with 17 nominations, followed by Netflix with 15 nods. Finally, there were 27 first-time Golden Globe nominees, including Ali Wong, Chris Rock, Pedro Pascal, and Lily Gladstone.
Kyrie Irving Invests in Kicks Crew Ahead of Signature Launch with Anta
Over the summer, Kyrie Irving inked a new sneaker deal with Chinese sports equipment Anta. Now, the Dallas Mavericks guard has made a major investment in an up-and-coming sneaker platform. On Monday, Irving confirmed on his personal Instagram that he is becoming a key investor and executive officer of the global sneaker platform Kicks Crew. Kicks Crew will now serve as a priority platform for each of Irving’s product launches, including his debut signature sneaker with Anta, slated to drop in 2024. Founded by Ding Shizhong in 1991, Anta is the world’s third-largest sportswear brand, behind only Nike and Adidas.
Zlatan Ibrahimović to Advise AC Milan in New Role with RedBird Capital
Former AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has returned to the club as an operating partner and senior adviser to its ownership and management. Ibrahimović, who first joined AC Milan on loan in 2010, said in a statement: “My love for the Rossoneri will never die and the opportunity to be a part of its future in a meaningful way is something I could only have dreamed of.” American investment firm RedBird purchased the Serie A club for $1.2 billion in August 2022. As an operating partner with RedBird, Ibrahimović will collaborate with the firm’s global investment team and support the investment portfolio across sports, media, and entertainment.
League One Volleyball Headed to Austin
League One Volleyball (LOVB), the largest brand in youth volleyball, announced Monday that it has selected Austin, Texas, as its sixth and final professional team location for its inaugural season. LOVB‘s new professional team — LOVB Austin Volleyball — adds to the city’s already revered volleyball culture, which is evidenced in the University of Texas’s national championship status and reputation as one of the top four collegiate volleyball programs for fan attendance in the US. LOVB’s inaugural pro season is scheduled to begin in November 2024. The league’s other five markets are Atlanta, Houston, Madison, Omaha, and Salt Lake City.