David Beckham Signs on to Produce a Documentary on the Galácticos
David Beckham tasted the documentary life this year with his Netflix multi-part series. Now, it appears he’s not done telling stories of soccer quite yet. The Inter Miami CF exec and his production company Studio 99 are uniting with Fulwell 73 to develop a project spotlighting the lasting legacy of Real Madrid and the Galácticos. The doc will highlight the superteam era in Madrid assembled by the club’s president, Florentino Pérez. Beckham‘s film will debut on ESPN.
Nikola Jokić Unveils New Shoe Deal with Chinese Brand 361
Two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokić has found his new sneaker home after parting ways with the Swoosh, reports Boardroom’s Nick DePaula. The Nuggets star stepped out in a pair of 361 Big3 Future Highs in Wednesday night’s 113-104 win against the Raptors. The footwear debut confirms his new multiyear signature contract, which will make him a leading face of the Chinese brand.
Maria Sánchez, Houston Dash Ink the Biggest Contract in NWSL History
The NWSL offseason is in full swing. While there are rumors of an NWSL super-team brewing in New York, Houston has landed the biggest contract to date. The Dash recently inked Maria Sánchez to a record-setting three-year contract — with an option for a fourth — valued at $1.5 million. The deal eclipsed the previous record between Trinity Rodman and the Washington Spirit at four years, $1.1 million. The Mexican national team star had four goals and six assists for the Dash in the 2023 season.
Ryan Gosling Releases 3 New Versions of ‘I’m Just Ken’
With awards season nearly upon us, the year’s biggest stars are making a belated push for consideration. Barbie is one of the year’s biggest films, but it turns out that the cast has more to give. Ryan Gosling released Ken The EP on Wednesday. The EP included three refreshed versions of the hit “I’m Just Ken,” including a holiday banger. The song is one of several breakout hits on the impressive soundtrack curated by Mark Ronson, which includes Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and more.
Warner Bros. Discovery Emerges as New Suitor for Paramount
After news emerged that Shari Redstone had a legitimate interest in selling Paramount, it appears the entertainment giant has found a potential buyer in Warner Bros Discovery. Reports emerged that the companies’ chief executives, David Zaslav and Bob Bakish, had lunch this week at Paramount’s offices in Manhattan to discuss the preliminary details of a deal. Paramount’s controlling stake of CBS could make Warner Bros. Discovery — which operates NBA TV — an appealing competitor for the massive NBA rights deal. Few details are known about the complete nature of the conversation at this time, but a merger would be a massive move for the entertainment industry.
MLS’s Quest to Spotlight Emerging Players Thwarted by US Soccer
Prada Locks in Long-time NYC Home with $425M Purchase
Prada‘s NYC flagship is here to stay. The Milan-based, Hong Kong-traded fashion house has been renting its Fifth Avenue home since 1997, but made things official by purchasing the 12-floor property for $425 million. Justifying the purchase, execs stated, “The board believes that the property’s location offers high strategic value being characterized by increasing scarcity and long-term potential.” Prada posted a positive year of sales, although it experienced a slowdown in the third quarter.
Pro Volleyball Federation Lands Broadcast Deal with CBS
The NCAA women’s volleyball season came to a close earlier this week, as the University of Texas notched its second consecutive championship title, defeating Nebraska for the win. The match closed out a record-setting season that drew massive national attention to the sport. Now, the Pro Volleyball Federation — a new professional league — announced that it has signed a broadcast deal with CBS Sports. As part of the agreement, CBS Sports will show at least 10 matches in 2024, and the network has exclusive rights to domestic and international play. The league will kick off in January with seven teams and has already locked in an additional three cities for 2025.