Inter Miami Prepares for Messi Debut with New Trademark
Inter Miami broke the internet this week with the signing of football legend Lionel Messi. Within 24 hours, the club’s social media following surged, and Miami, who sit in the bottom of the Eastern Conference of MLS, skyrocketed to international supremacy. Signing Messi was only the first step for the David Beckham co-owned club. According to attorney Josh Gerben of Gerben Intellectual Property, the club submitted paperwork dated June 5 to the US Patent and Trademark Office via MIPH, LLC to secure a trademark for the phrase “libertad para soñar,” which translates to “freedom to dream.” Per the document, Miami plans to release physical and digital merch, drinkware, and other collectibles bearing the catchy phrase.
Miami Pickleball Club Secures MLP’s First Significant Team Sponsorship with Poppi
On Thursday, Miami Pickleball Club announced a new sponsorship with prebiotic soda brand, Poppi. The partnership is the franchise’s first commercial sponsorship, and they’ll be working alongside Poppi to help grow the team and sport in Miami and South Florida. Over the next two years, fans can expect for Poppi and Miami Pickleball Club to co-activate a number pickleball events, and Poppi has plans to create a Miami Pickleball Club flavor in 2024. Naomi Osaka, Kygo, and Nick Kyrgios are among the club’s owners.
Netflix’s Password Sharing Ban Drives New Subscribers
Looks like Netflix’s plan to stop password sharing is paying off. According to Variety, more people have signed up for the streaming platform as a result of the crackdown than during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. On both May 26 and May 27, Netflix recorded about 100,000 new users, streaming analytics company Antenna noted. In the days following, Netflix has seen a 100% boost in sign-ups compared to the last 60 days on average. Ahead of the password sharing ban, it was discovered that more than 100 million households across the globe share a Netflix account.
Crypto Market Trends Leads Crypto.com to Shut Down US Institutional Exchange
Claiming demand is depreciating, on Friday Crypto.com announced it will suspend its institutional exchange service for US customers in less than two weeks. Blockworks obtained a copy of the reasoning and in it, the digital currency platform justified its decision and confirmed that “impacted institutional users were given advance notice to support a smooth transition.” American retail users of the Singapore-based company will still have access to CFTC-regulated cryptocurrency product trading as well as its UpDown Options offering, which permits customers to open long or short trading positions.
Takeoff’s Mother Files Suit Against Venue Where He Was Killed
The family of beloved rapper Takeoff is taking action against the venue where the Migos rapper was fatally shot on Nov. 1. Titiana Davenport, Takeoff’s mother, filed a suit at the Texas district court accusing the property owners of 810 Billiards & Bowling of failing to have extra security to accommodate the large crowds, especially considering many of the attendees that evening were celebrities. “Defendants knew or should have known that a significant number of violent crimes were committed at the subject premises and in the surrounding area, but negligently failed to protect invitees like [Takeoff] from the risks of violent crime,” a portion of the accusation reads.
Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett Team up for Formula 1 Alterna-cast
ESPN announced that the network is teaming up with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions to create an alternative Formula 1 broadcast. The Grandstand with Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett will make its debut for the Canadian GP in Montreal on June 18. The two will also connect for the US Grand Prix in Austin and the premiere Las Vegas GP.