One of the world’s biggest soccer superstars is on the hunt for a new home. Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé reportedly has verbally committed to leaving the team for Real Madrid next summer on a free transfer. Mbappé previously turned down offers from his Paris club that topped out at $190M, signaling his interest in testing out the free agency market. While details are not confirmed, it is estimated that he will earn nearly $56 million per season.
BAPE Teases Metaverse Takeover
Nigo may still be riding the high of his remarkable show for LVMH last week in Paris, but the designer’s former brainchild is also preparing to make some major moves. The Japanese streetwear fashion brand BAPE took to its Instagram on Sunday to tease its metaverse moves. In the post, it featured a shadowy image of its signature ape and a custom URL, which previews the web3 experience with “World gone ape. World gone mad.”
FanDuel Logs Astounding Parlay in Epic Conference Championship Weekend
If you are an NFL fan, the last two weekends of playoff action have left you on the edge of your seat. One lucky bettor made the wager of a lifetime for the weekend’s conference championship matchups, FanDuel confirmed, putting $20 down on a two-leg parlay of each game’s final score at 29,000 to 1 odds. The bet, which was essentially free due to the fact that the individual used site credit, netted a $579,020 payout. The Bengals and the Rams are set to square off at Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.
American Airlines Honors Joe Burrow with “No. 9 Flight” for Super Bowl Route
Joe Burrow is looking to round out a football trifecta. The Bengals QB is Super Bowl-bound and seeks to become only the fourth player to win a Heisman, a College National Championship, and a Super Bowl, joining the elite company of Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, and Rod Woodson. And legions of Cincinnati fans will hop on board American Airlines‘ No. 9 flight, branded in honor of the Ohio native, to see him attempt it live. The route will fly direct from Cincinnati to LA and seats are now available.
Kid Laroi and The Chainsmokers Set to Headline First-ever NFT-ticketed Festival
Have you missed festivals over the last few years? As lineups slowly leak for the return of the mass concert experience, The Chainsmokers and Kid Laroi are teaming up to present the first-ever NFT-ticketed festival. The Afterparty NFT Art and Music Festival is set to take place in March in Las Vegas and will feature a deep lineup of digital artists and entertainers.
Entain Teams with Verizon and More for Launch of Innovation Center
Last year, Entain nearly sold to DraftKings to help expand its global market share. After the deal fell through, the British company, which is a worldwide leader in sports betting, gaming, and entertainment, has redirected its efforts to disrupting the industry. Entain announced that it is launching the global innovation center, Ennovate, which will “develop and showcase disruptive technologies and first consumer products for the sports and entertainment metaverse.” To do so, Entain has also teamed up with Verizon, BT, and Theta Labs to provide technological capacity to support its efforts.
Disney+ Prepares for Global Expansion
Looking to revisit the models that you loved the most as a child? Disney+ has you covered. The Mickey Mouse-affiliated streaming service announced that it has plans to expand to 42 countries across the world in Summer 2022. The news comes as numbers reflect that Disney+ lost nearly half of new subscribers in the six months following the release of Hamilton, which drove countless fans to the site but did not sustain their loyalty to the subscription service.