José Calderón Tapped to Join Cavs’ Front Office
The Spanish-born NBA veteran put in 15 years in the league, spending the bulk of his career with the Raptors. But on Friday, Calderón announced that he will be joining the Cleveland Cavaliers as a Special Advisor to its front office. He previously worked at the Players’ Association as a special assistant to the executive director.
BetMGM Gets the Green Light in New York
The dawn of the mobile betting era is here in the Empire State. After kicking things off last weekend with historic numbers, the Gambling Commission announced on Friday that BetMGM will be the next approved vendor to go online on Monday, though the specific time is not yet known. BetMGM is a joint venture between MGM and British company Entain, which was on the verge of a deal with DraftKings at the end of 2020.
Jack Dorsey Makes Moves to Decentralize Bitcoin Mining
When Jack Dorsey left Twitter, insiders believed that the move would free up space for him to focus on the development and popularization of crypto. His steps that followed have proven just that. In an attempt to make Bitcoin more accessible, Jack Dorsey’s Block will build a system that will make mining more “distributed and efficient.” Additionally, on Friday Block announced that it will become the first major Bitcoin and crypto listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Netflix Links with ATP and WTA for Tennis Docuseries
Chasing a repeat of the success of F1: Drive to Survive, Netflix has ordered a new docuseries focusing on the world of tennis. The streaming service announced a forthcoming golf-focused series earlier this week, and it would appear that they are doubling down on country club sports. The series will be produced by Box to Box Films, which was behind Drive to Survive, and is said to be filming in partnership with the WTA and the ATP in advance of the Australian Open.
Candy Digital Launches Secondary Market for MLB Moments
A secondary market for officially licensed Major League Baseball NFTs is coming on Saturday and it’s safe to say that fans are ready. To the tune of $100 million. With nine-figures-worth of pre-listings of previously released MLB NFTs already on Candy.com, Candy Digital CEO Scott Lawin anticipates bringing more baseball fans into the crypto world. Candy Digital is backed by Fanatics, Galaxy Digital, and Gary Vaynerchuk, released its NFT platform in October and already boasts 80,000 customers, with customer and sales numbers exceeding internal expectations.
NBA 360 Goes International with Red Zone-Style Programming
On Monday in 84 countries, including Canada, Germany, England, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel, the NBA will offer its sixth-ever edition of NBA 360 for its slate of six games on Martin Luther King Day, which play out in primetime in Europe and the Middle East. 30 international broadcast partners are on board, and they’ll have the option to add their own local broadcasters to comment and analyze the action in their respective native languages. There will be five hours of continuous and simultaneous broadcasts of six games: New Orleans at Boston, Charlotte at New York, Philadelphia at Washington, Brooklyn at Cleveland, Chicago at Memphis and Indiana at the L.A. Clippers.
Apple Headset Launch Delayed by Technical Issues
The Apple Headset is expected to give the Oculus 2 a run for its money. However, after teasing its debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2022, recent issues have threatened that date, and insiders believe that the product will now be delayed until 2023. According to Bloomberg, the headset is experiencing overheating and issues with its camera and operating system.
Caesars Becomes Official Sports Betting Partner of Buffalo Bills
All eyes will be on Orchard Park this Saturday night as the Bills take on AFC East rivals in a Wild Card matchup. In advance of the big game, the Bills announced that it has partnered with Caesars as the official mobile sports betting partner. In addition to advertising at the stadium, Caesars will sponsor a “sportsbook-style premium club lounge” at Highmark Stadium.