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December 15, 2023

Klutch Swinging For the Fences with Rep 1 Baseball Acquisition

Klutch Sports Group is entering baseball territory. On Thursday, they announced the acquisition of Rep 1 Baseball, a full-service sports agency servicing some of the biggest names in MLB. With this addition comes the formation of Klutch Baseball, at which current Rep 1 Baseball CEO Chris Koras will serve as the Head of Baseball. “We believe in the transformative power of sports, and this move into baseball aligns perfectly with our commitment to excellence, innovation, and best-in-class representation for the world’s most talented athlete,” Klutch founder Rich Paul said in a statement.

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Netflix is Developing a 'Squid Game' Video Game

In a blog post, Netflix Games Vice President Mike Verdu announced Wednesday that the streaming platform is working on a video game inspired by the wildly popular “Squid Game” program. A release date was not revealed, only that the video game will see you “compete with other players in games from the hit series.” When the initial TV series premiered in 2021, it became Netflix‘s most-watched show with 1.65 billion hours streamed in the first four weeks, equivalent to more than 182,0o0 total years

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' is Coming to an End After 12 Seasons

The latest season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will be the show’s last, Warner Bros. Discovery announced Thursday. The comedy series ran for eight seasons before taking a six-year hiatus and returning for a three-season revival. Since its premiere in October 2000, the show has been nominated for 51 Emmy Awards, winning twice. The final season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” premieres on Feb. 4 and will consist of 10 episodes, releasing weekly Sundays.

Messi Jerseys From 2022 World Cup Run Sell for $7.8 Million

Six jerseys worn by Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi during his 2022 FIFA World Cup run sold Thursday for $7.8 million, Sotheby’s confirmed Thursday. Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of modern collectibles, called the jerseys “a tangible reminder of one of the most important moments in the history of sports.” The identity of the buyer was not revealed. Despite the hefty price tag, the Messi jerseys don’t beat the record amount of a game-worn collectible sold at auction. That honor belongs to Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey, which sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s in New York last year.

Trevor Noah Tapped to Host the Grammys for the Fourth Time

Comedian Trevor Noah is returning as host of the 2024 Grammy Awards. The former “Daily Show” host announced the news on his podcast Thursday, and it makes a record-breaking fourth time in a row Noah is hosting music’s biggest night. Noah is also nominated for an award himself, his second nod for best comedy album for I Wish You Would. Should he go home with hardware on Feb. 4, 2024, Noah could become only the second Grammys host to win an award on the same night as hosting. The first was in 1980 when Kenny Rogers won Best Country Vocal Performance Male for “The Gambler.”

Retail Sales Rise in November

Retail spending in November rose 0.3% from the prior month, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, exceeding economists’ estimation of a 0.2% decline. November’s numbers were also up 4.1% over the same month in 2022. Excluding gasoline and car sales, sales increased by 0.6%. Profits increased across most categories for the month, rising the most at restaurants by an impressive 1.6%. Americans also spent at a solid clip at specialty stores and online. Sales at gasoline stations declined the most last month, dropping 2.9%. Retail spending has only declined three times monthly since January, signaling an overall upward trajectory of consumer spending this year.