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December 23, 2022

Naomi Osaka Tops Forbes List of Highest-paid Female Athletes

The quest for equal pay in sports continues, and some women are leading the charge on and off the court. Forbes released its annual report of the highest-paid women in sports. Topping that list? Naomi Osaka. Although injuries hindered the 25-year-old’s season, Osaka leveraged her off-court opportunities to bank $51.1 million in 2022. Recently, Boardroom caught up with the star and her management team to discuss her evolution as a businesswoman and much more.

NFL and Google’s YouTube TV Strike Reported $2B Deal

The NFL’s Sunday Ticket is coming to YouTube TV. The league confirmed the deal on Thursday. While the final figures have yet to be revealed, sources familiar with the deal report that it is worth an estimated $2 billion. 

Boardroom’s Randall Williams has all the details.

NYC Schedules First Recreational Dispensary Opening Date

It may come as a surprise to anyone who has been in Manhattan recently that recreational cannabis is still prohibited for retail sale. However, as cannabis bodegas pop up around the city, the state is preparing for the first official recreational retail shop to open in the East Village. It’s been a long road to access, as New York lawmakers approved recreational weed in March 2021; however, the state has been slow in doling out the retail licenses. The new store is scheduled to open on Dec. 29 and will be operated by Housing Works. The nonprofit provides mental health and housing services to populations in need.

Former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

The FTX scandal continues to play out, and it rivals the most popular dramas with its riveting content. The former CEO of Alameda Research, the cryptocurrency research firm founded by Sam Bankman-Fried, Caroline Ellison, pleaded guilty to seven fraud charges. In exchange, she will not face criminal charges but will have to pay a $250,000 fine and return any assets gained through her time at FTX.

Simone Biles Severs Ties with Cerebral

Simone Biles and Cerebral have parted ways. The Olympic champion inked a deal with the mental health and telemedicine app in Oct. 2021. She served as the company’s Chief Impact Officer and appeared in multiple campaigns. Recently, the app has come under scrutiny following federal investigations of its prescription practices. Nurses who worked with the company told investigators that they felt pressure to distribute stimulants to patients with only a limited evaluation.

Kenny Smith, Sierra Canyon Sign on as LaceClips Ambassadors

Data is king. Now, one biometric data company is linking with a wide range of top talent to help promote its newest technology. LaceClips announced that it has signed Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Sierra Canyon hoopers, and more as part of its recent campaign to promote the cutting-edge technology. As part of Smith’s deal, he received an equity stake, joining Tyreek Hill and Aaron Jones as equity partners. 

Nike Teams up with Netflix

Looking towards a new year, new you? Nike has you covered. The Swoosh is teaming up with Netflix to provide users with fitness content from some of the nation’s hottest instructors. The collection drops on Dec. 30 and includes five programs and 46 videos. The collab is the newest development for the Nike Fitness Club, which launched in 2009.