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December 19, 2022

Elon Musk Polls Twitter Community, Asks if He Should Step Down as CEO

Elon Musk continues to shake things up at Twitter. The company’s new CEO tweeted on Sunday, polling users if he should step down from his position. He noted, “I will abide by the results of this poll.” The question yielded over 17.5 million responses and 57.5% of people indicated that he should step down. The poll came on the same day that Twitter instituted – and then rescinded – a controversial new policy that would prohibit users from linking out to other social media sites.

Aaron Judge Historic Home Run Ball Sells for $1.5M

The final gavel has fallen, and Aaron Judge’s historic home run ball has a new owner. Experts expected Judge’s 62nd home run ball to join the ranks of the most expensive baseballs in history. Cory Youmans caught the ball and had turned down offers up to $3 million. However, the final bid came in far below expectations, yielding $1.25 million plus a $250,000 buyer’s premium.

Messi, Argentina Take World Cup Title in Thrilling Victory

The World Cup final had a little bit of everything, leaving fans across the globe glued to their televisions. Argentina went up 2-0, but Mbappé erased the deficit with two quick goals in under two minutes, which led the game to extra time. After a draw in the extra minutes, the game went to penalty kicks and Argentina took the title. The victory secures the final missing line item to Messi’s remarkable global soccer résumé.

Taylor Swift on Track to Sell $590M in Tour Sales

Following the debacle that defined the Eras Tour presale, Taylor Swift is on track to smash tour sales records. The star’s initial ticket sales nearly broke the internet, placing fans in virtual lines for hours and leaving many disappointed when they could not secure the goods. Despite the rocky start, Swift is on track to set a new tour sales record, as early estimates indicate that the Eras Tour will net $590 million in ticket sales. Swift is currently slated to play 35 stops along the tour; however, recent reports indicate that she will add additional shows due to the demand.

Boardroom’s Dan Marcus dove into the legal implications of the ticketing kerfuffle. 

“Avatar: The Way of Water” Comes Short of Expectations with $134M Opening Weekend

After 13 years, Avatar is finally back. The James Cameron-directed sequel Avatar: The Way of Water cost $250 million to make, and will require a $2 billion theater performance in order to recoup its costs. In its first weekend, it just missed the mark, bringing in $134 million in domestic ticket sales. Industry execs predicted $175 million in opening weekend sales, whereas Disney projected $135-150 million. However, industry execs can rest easy, as the three-hour and 12 minute epic took in an additional $300 million in international sales.

Binance.US Buys Out Bankrupt Voyager for $1B

Voyager has a new owner. After filing for bankruptcy, the crypto exchange sought a top bidder. Sources familiar with the sale indicate that FTX was previously in consideration for a takeover prior to imploding last month. Binance.US will purchase the company’s remaining crypto holdings and additional assets for a final bid of $1.022 billion; however, the sale will not be finalized until it secures Bankruptcy Court approval, which is currently scheduled for Jan. 5.