F1 Races to Huge Viewership Numbers at Austrian GP
Formula 1 keeps growing in the United States, and they’ve got the ratings to prove it. According to ESPN, Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix brought in its largest U.S. television audience on record, with an average of 1.09 million viewers, peaking at 1.21 million. F1 races for the 2023 campaign are averaging 1.26 million viewers, which is an increase over the 1.21 million average from last season. The next race is this Sunday’s British Grand Prix, from the iconic Silverstone Circuit. Fans are expected to tune in to see if Max Verstappen can notch his sixth consecutive win on the season, leading many to ask can anyone slow down the Red Bull team?
Lil Nas X Adds to Portfolio with Crocs Endorsement
As Crocs continues its resurgence of being the undisputed comfort shoe, the brand has recruited one of music’s hottest acts to be the face of its latest campaign. On Wednesday, Lil Nas X was named the company’s global ambassador, and in the same announcement showcased Crocs’s newest silhouettes. The Height capsule boasts footwear with a platform high-heel, metal-like details and embellishment, and a fun update to the Classic Clog, which features a new 2.4-inch lug sole and a limited-edition rainbow-ombre design. The looks are now available for purchase on the official Crocs website, with prices ranging from $69.99 to $84.99. The “Old Town Road” entertainer joins SZA, Justin Bieber, and Jordan Clarkson amidst Crocs’ stacked slate of ambassadors.
MLB Unveils Its First Virtual Park
Can’t make the trip to Seattle for this year’s MLB All-Star game? The league has an alternate solution. In an effort to bring a digital aspect to this year’s festivities, MLB unveiled the Virtual Ballpark Wednesday. Aimed at providing interactive social experiences to baseball enthusiasts around the globe throughout the season, this year’s celebrity game will stream live on the Virtual Ballpark’s video board and fans will be able to play mini-games and participate in real, live events taking place in the host city. After accessing MLB.com/virtual-ballpark, fans can create an avatar and dress it in their favorite MLB team’s jersey, explore the ballpark, and more.
Janet Jackson Sets New Record with Together Again Tour Revenue
It’s safe to say 2023 will be a year to remember for Janet Jackson. According to Billboard Boxscore, the singer’s 2023 Together Again Tour drew in an estimated $50.9 million, selling 479,000 tickets in a span of 37 shows in the U.S. Certain stops along the way also brought record numbers for the “Rhythm Nation” singer. Per Billboard, a double-header at New York’s Madison Square Garden in early May sold 24,500 tickets, grossing a reported career high of $3.8 million. That amount eclipses her $3.2 million earnings for a three-show run she had at The Garden back in 2001. Jackson’s Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles last month earned her a cool $2.8 million.
'Undisputed' Announces Its Return to FS1
The new era of Undisputed is coming. After longtime host Shannon Sharpe left the FS1 program in June, viewers have been left wondering who will succeed the energetic and well-dressed co-host to Skip Bayless. While it looks like it won’t be revealed quite yet, we do know when the program will make its triumphant return ahead of the kickoff of the NFL season. In a tweet posted to the show’s official account, audiences will be introduced to the new host on Aug. 28.
OpenAI Confronts New Lawsuit from Authors Citing Inappropriate Use of Their IP
Claiming their copyrighted books were used to improve the quality of ChatGPT without their knowledge, two authors opened a lawsuit against the product’s platform, OpenAI, last week. According to CNBC, the two authors in question are Paul Tremblay, the writer behind The Cabin at the End of the World, and Mona Awad, who penned Bunny and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Reps for both sides refused to comment on the details of the case, but the lawsuit asserts “much” of the content in OpenAI’s training comes from copyrighted text, which includes books by Tremblay and Awad.
Beyoncé Announces Show Cancellations and Delays as She Embarks on North American Leg of Renaissance World Tour
The North American leg of Beyoncé‘s Renaissance World Tour begins in Toronto this weekend, but some loyal fans received frustrating news on Wednesday: her show in Pittsburgh next month is no longer happening. Bey was set to perform at Acrisure Stadium on Aug. 3, but the venue released a statement saying the show is now canceled. Elsewhere across the country, Seattle’s Sept. 13 show has been postponed to Sept. 14, and Kansas City’s Sept. 18 show is now on Oct. 1. The rescheduled dates mean the tour will now end in Kansas City. Statements from all three stadiums blamed the changes on “production logistics and scheduling issues.”