Nikola Jokić Leads the Nuggets to First-ever NBA Championship
Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets capped off a special season with the team’s first NBA championship title. The team beat the Miami Heat 94-89, taking the series 4-1 with the win at home. The championship marks the fourth title for the team’s owner Stan Kroenke in the last two years, due to his investments in the Colorado Avalanche, the Los Angeles Rams, and the NLL’s Colorado Mammoths. Jokić was named the NBA Finals MVP and is the first player in the league’s history to lead the playoffs in total points, assists, and rebounds.
Apple Music Taps Nile Rodgers as Artist in Residence
There is no denying that Nile Rodgers is an original hitmaker. The legendary artist is teaming up with Apple Music for a new role as the company’s artist in residence, focusing on the creation of spatial audio. The initiative seeks to create a theater-like experience in your very own home through the development of new technologies. The announcement marks a new chapter in the ongoing relationship between Rodgers and Apple. He also hosts the award-winning Deep Hidden Meaning podcast on Apple Music, which spotlights the stories behind some of the most popular songs.
J.J. Watt Headed to the Texans’ Ring of Honor
J.J. Watt may have called it quits on the game of football, but his impact on the game is far-reaching. The future Hall of Famer will be commemorated by his former team, the Houston Texans, in a ceremony inducting him into the Ring of Honor. The celebration will take place on Oct. 1, as the Texans face Watt’s younger brother T.J. and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team’s owners announced the honor in a statement, saying, “He is one of the most dominant players in NFL history and he created a unique and irreplaceable bond with our fans. J.J. has always kept a special place in Houston’s heart and we’re thrilled to welcome him back.” Watt retired at the end of the 2022 NFL season as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Spotify Prepares for Summer with Predictions
What’s your favorite summer jam of all time? Spotify is preparing for this year’s candidates, as it releases its annual Songs of the Summer predictions. Based on existing audience data and some predictive analytics, the streaming giant came in hot with 20 picks. The list includes everything from cathartic hip-hop to breezy pop, Latin, and electronic. Boardroom’s Sam Dunn has the full list to help inspire your next BBQ playlist.
LIV and PGA Tour Merger Faces Government Investigation
It’s been one week since the LIV and PGA Tour merger shook the golf world to its core. While the ink is barely dry on the deal, it is already facing investigation. Connecticut Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked for details of the merger, casting particular scrutiny on the question of how operations will proceed due to Saudi Arabia’s lengthy history of human rights violations.
Dick Clark Productions, Eldridge Usher Golden Globes into Next Chapter as HFPA Shutters
The Hollywood Foreign Press has been subject to much well-deserved scrutiny over the past several years. The entity behind the Golden Globe Awards faced criticism. Now, the HFPA announced that it will shut down, paving the way for a new chapter for the awards show. Dick Clark Productions has been a long-standing production partner for the awards show. In its new iteration, it will no longer be part of a nonprofit, which will pave the way for more commercial opportunities affiliated with the event. Jay Penske, CEO of Dick Clark Productions, said of the move, “As stewards of the Golden Globe Awards, our mission is to continue creating the most dynamic awards ceremony on live television viewed across the world…We have a great team in place to grow this iconic brand and captivate new and existing audiences to celebrate the very best in television and motion pictures.”