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June 14, 2023

Michael Andlauer's $1B Bid Reportedly Beats Out Celebrity Competition for Senators Stake 

Rapper Snoop Dogg’s attempt to purchase the Ottawa Senators has ended in defeat. Instead, Toronto-based billionaire Michael Andlauer reached an agreement to acquire the franchise, setting a record for the highest price paid for an NHL team. The sale is estimated to be worth $1 billion, but the board has not confirmed the exact amount. Andlauer also owns a 10% stake in the Montreal Canadiens and the Ontario Hockey League’s Brantford Bulldogs. The Weeknd and Ryan Reynolds also joined competing ownership groups in an attempt to scoop the Senators.


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Grammy Awards Add Three New Categories, Including Best Pop Dance Music

On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced the addition of three new categories to the Grammy Awards starting next year. The inclusions, which will debut at the 66th edition of the music industry showcase, are: Best African Music Performance, Best Pop Dance Music Recording, and Best Alternative Jazz Album. Per the Recording Academy’s announcement, the changes came as a result of a vote at its Board of Trustees meeting in May, bringing the grand total to 94 categories eligible for the famous golden gramophone. 

Read Vinciane Ngomsi’s breakdown of all the criteria for the newly added Grammy Award categories.

Shannon Sharpe Signs off on Final Episode of ‘Undisputed’

After seven years, the Shannon Sharpe era at FS1’s Undisputed has officially come to an end. On Tuesday, the pro athlete-turned analyst signed off for the final time on the show he co-hosted with Skip Bayless. Despite their frequently contentious relationship, Sharpe bid an emotional farewell to his co-host. In a tearful goodbye, the former NFL tight end said to Bayless, “You fought for me, brother. I’m here because of you. You’ve allowed me to share the stage with you. You’ve allowed me to share the platform. I’m going to cry in the car, but I’m not going to cry now. The opportunity that you gave me, to become what I became, I’m forever indebted to you. I’ll never forget what you did for me.” As for what’s next, Sharpe admitted he was unsure. “You’ll see me again somewhere, I just don’t know where.”

Paul McCartney Taps into AI to Create Final Beatles Track

Music legend Paul McCartney had some help in producing the final song from The Beatles and no, it wasn’t from his only living former bandmate Ringo Starr. The Englishman revealed to BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program released Tuesday that artificial intelligence actually played a role in resurrecting the voices of departed members John Lennon and George Harrison, who passed away in 1980 and 2001, respectively. “When we came to make what will be the last Beatles record – it was a demo that John had that we worked on and we just finished it up, it will be released this year – and we were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI,” McCartney explained. “So then we were able to mix the record as you would normally do.” While the actual single remains a mystery, the network thinks it could be Lennon’s 1978 hit “Now and Then.”

Tom Brady Makes Surprise Appearance at Second Fanatics Investor Day

Fanatics has had a heck of a first half of 2023. The company gathered 400 current and prospective investors to highlight its growth strategy in its second installment of Fanatics Investor Day. The event took place on Tuesday at the NBPA headquarters in New York City, and attendees were treated to presentations from a number of the company’s diverse divisions, from collectibles to its newest area for growth, its sportsbook. In addition to the corporate programming, Tom Brady paid the audience a surprise visit, regaling the crowd with business advice and even sitting for a short Q&A session. 

Francisco Lindor Debuts Second Shoe with New Balance

Francisco Lindor is known for his style, on and off the baseball diamond. The Mets shortstop debuted a Gucci glove this week, but he keeps his drip on point from head to toe. Lindor unveiled his newest collaboration with New Balance. The gray colorway with light blue accents also features a sliding closure in lieu of regular laces. Lindor debuted the shoe as he stepped up as the Mets took on the Yankees in the most recent installment of the league’s greatest subway series.