Victor Wembanyama Officially Extends Deal with Nike
Wemby is no stranger to the Swoosh. The French star hooper is expected to go No. 1 in this week’s NBA draft. Boardroom’s Nick DePaula confirmed the news on Sunday. Victor Wembanyama first signed with Nike while playing in France, having spent the last season donning custom pairs of the size 20.5 Zoom GT Run. Now, it has officially been confirmed that “his footwear and apparel endorsement deal will carry over into his early NBA career.” The value of the contract is unknown at this time.
Lionel Messi’s Debut Date in Miami Set
Messi’s impact on Inter Miami can already be felt, and he hasn’t even played a game yet. That is about to change. The club’s owner, Jorge Mas, told Axios that the Argentinian footballer is expected to suit up for the July 21 match against Cruz Azul. Inter Miami has sold out all of its games and gained over 7 million followers on Instagram since signing the superstar.
Joe Tsai Takes Over as Chairman of Alibaba
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate, has a new person in charge. The company announced on Tuesday that Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty majority owner Joe Tsai will be its new chairman, effective this September. Eddie Wu will take over as CEO. Jointly, they will take over for Daniel Zhang who previously held both roles and will serve as the chairman and CEO for the company’s cloud unit. Tsai co-founded Alibaba and has remained a close confidant of his co-founder founder Jack Ma.
The Women’s World Cup Will Keep DC Bars Open
The people of DC have lobbied for critical legislation — keeping bars open all day and night throughout the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup — and won. This year’s event takes place in Australia and New Zealand, which will lead to some strange start times. The “Women’s World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2023,” proposed by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, will span the tournament dates and allow bars to remain open from 6 AM to 4 AM.
‘Elemental’ and ‘The Flash’ Stumble at the Box Office
This has been a huge year for films. Unfortunately, box offices across the country experienced a blip this weekend with subpar earnings. The Flash debuted, but the film’s troubled star Ezra Miller may have deterred fans. It only brought in an estimated $55.7 million over three days, falling far short of its $70 million projection. Similarly, Pixar’s Elemental brought in a disappointing $29.6 million. Analysts believe that consumers’ changing habits led to the depressed numbers, having gotten used to direct releases during the pandemic.
French Officials Investigate Paris Olympics Office
The Summer Olympics are headed to Paris next summer. However, the preparation has attracted the attention of French officials. The Paris Olympics’ offices were raided on Tuesday under suspicion of corruption. According to an unnamed source, the potential issues include embezzlement and favoritism. Paris becomes the third consecutive Summer Olympics, following Rio and Tokyo, to be investigated for corruption.