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January 3, 2022

OpenSea Kicks Off New Year with $200M in Sales

Driven by highly coveted collectibles, such as Cryptopunks and Bored Apes, the peer-to-peer NFT marketplace OpenSea started off 2022 with some major action. It reports that on Jan 2 it saw $200 million in sales, posting the highest volume in four months and signaling a bull market. The marketplace estimates that it did $3.2 billion in sales in the month of December.

NFL Ratings On Pace for Strong Season

From scheduling to sidelining key players, COVID has wrought havoc on the regular season, but viewers continue to show up. The NFL continues to post strong numbers as it enters into the final week of the regular season. Reports indicate that there has been a 5% year-over-year increase in viewership according to Nielsen, even in spite of various COVID-related impacts. Positive trends hold across all of the major networks, but the season’s biggest winner is Monday Night Football, for which the viewership is up approximately 17% when totaling all streams including ESPN2’s Manningcast

Rhude Unveils Collab with the Nets

The LA luxury streetwear company is teaming up with the Brooklyn Nets for a limited release line. The brand’s founder Rhuigi Villaseñor gave a first look at the line on his Instagram, which includes a hat and a vintage-inspired hoodie. The boutique brand is coming off a huge 2021, which included multiple collabs including McClaren and Canada Goose, as well as its first advertising campaign, which featured rap superstar, FutureKevin Durant also offered a glimpse at the line on his Instagram story over the weekend.

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Dave Chapelle, Murda on the Beat Jump Aboard Bored Ape Yacht Club

The list of celebrities who have jumped on board the Bored Ape Yacht Club continues to grow. Over the weekend, both comedian Dave Chapelle and producer Murda on the Beat revealed their most recent purchases. Chapelle bought Ape #8343 for 99 ETH ($371K). Murda on the Beat tweeted two acquisitions, Bored Ape #4358 and Mutant Ape #5852. 

Ja’Marr Chase Posts Record-Setting Day in Bengals’ Win Over Chiefs

Ja’Marr Chase has been shaking defenders all season, as he and Joe Burrow continued to recreate some Baton Rouge magic in Cincinnati. The Bengals secured the top spot in the AFC North and a trip to the playoffs on Sunday as they beat the Chiefs with a last-minute field goal. Chase hauled in 266 yards and three touchdowns, setting a single-game record for the Bengals. In addition, he surpassed fellow LSU alum, Justin Jefferson, with 1,429 receiving yards, setting a record for all rookies in the Super Bowl era. 

Tesla Stock Positioned to Soar After Outpacing Sales Goals

The electric vehicle giant set a record-setting sales pace in 2021. Despite supply chain woes, the Elon Musk-owned company approached the one million mark, exceeding forecasts. In a report released Sunday, Tesla reported 308,600 Q4 deliveries, posting a 71% increase year-over-year. In response to the news, shares were up 6.7% before the bell on Monday.

Josh Giddey Becomes the Youngest Player in NBA History with a Triple-Double

The OKC guard set a record on Sunday as he surpassed LaMelo Ball as the youngest player in NBA history to notch a triple-double. The Nike athlete, who was taken sixth overall in the 2021 NBA draft, posted 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists in the Thunder’s 86-95 loss to the Mavericks. Giddey is 19 years, 85 days old, and eclipsed Ball’s record by three months. The Australian star also became the youngest player in NBA history to lead his team in points, assists, and rebounds.

Future FinTech Group Launches Subsidiary to Monitor Crypto Market Data

As the crypto market continues to boom, various companies are emerging offering investors analogous tools widely popularized across fiat currency. On Monday, Future FinTech announced the launch of a new subsidiary, FTFTX, a market data platform that will provide investors with “real-time, high-quality and reliable cryptocurrency market data” and streamline data across a number of different crypto exchanges. The tool will provide crypto investors with a one-stop shop to monitor market values in a digestible way.

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