Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brothers Fulfill Dream with Nashville SC Stake
It’s getting… freaky in Nashville. Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers Thanasis, Kostas, and Alex have joined the Nashville SC ownership group, the team announced Thursday. “My father was a professional soccer player, and it was the first sport I fell in love with in Greece,” Antetokounmpo said in a release. “I’ve always had the dream of owning a soccer team. When my brothers and I explored Nashville SC, we knew it was a team and a city that we wanted to get involved with.” They join Derrick Henry and Reese Witherspoon as part of the club’s ownership group.
Pam Oliver Named 2023 Mary Garber Pioneer Award Winner
FOX Sports’ Pam Oliver was named the Association for Women in Sports Media’s 2023 recipient of the Mary Garber Pioneer Award. Oliver, an award-winning sports reporter as part of the FOX NFL team, is the longest tenured NFL sideline reporter — working more than 500 games throughout her career. She was also recognized for her mentorship to an endless number of journalists. “You look at the previous winners [which include Johnette Howard, Doris Burke, Andrea Kremer and Jackie MacMullan] and it’s such an outstanding group of accomplished women. I’m thrilled to now be included among them. This award is something I will always treasure,” Oliver said.
MLB, FanDuel Team Up For The 2023 Season
With Spring Training fully underway and Opening Day right around the corner, Major League Baseball and FanDuel announced a multi-year partnership on Thursday, making the leading sportsbook a co-exclusive official sports betting partner. As part of the partnership, FanDuel gains rights to use MLB branding in its products, platforms, and marketing campaigns. “These key priorities of unique fan engagement and responsible gambling align with our focus from the league level and make FanDuel a natural partner to collaborate with as an official sports betting partner,” said Kenny Gersh, MLB’s Executive Vice President of Media and Business Development.
Leylah Fernandez and Morgan Stanley Link for Financial Literacy
Canadian tennis phenom Leylah Fernandez landed a multitude of deals over the last few years. From Lululemon to Gatorade, the 20-year-old has a stocked portfolio. Now, she is working with one of her primary partners to expand education surrounding financial literacy. Morgan Stanley and Fernandez are teaming up to encourage fiscal awareness for young players on the tour as part of the financial giant’s global partnership with the WTA. Fernandez became an ambassador for Morgan Stanley in 2022.
UMG Caps Massive 2022 with $11B in Revenue
Universal Music Group recorded $11 billion in revenue for 2022 — a 21.6% increase from 2021. “We continue to successfully manage the company for long-term growth while driving strong results in our core business—developing great artists and introducing their music to fans around the world,” said UMG Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. In his statement, Grainge mentioned how expanded relationships and new partnerships in “fitness, health, gaming and the metaverse” helped drive the company’s success. Additionally, UMG announced that its streaming subscription revenue grew 18.4% year-over-year, while music publishing as a whole was up 34.8%.
Joe Montana’s “The Drive” Jersey Sets New Record
Joe Montana, once known as The Comeback Kid, set a record even though he hasn’t played football since 1994. It’s a different type of record of course, with Montana’s Super Bowl XIII (and XIX) jersey selling for $1.212 million at Goldin Auctions — surpassing Tom Brady’s $480,000 game-worn jersey from the final week of the 2020 regular season. Montana’s million-dollar jersey reigns in fame because of the impact, a game-winning 92-yard drive against the Bengals deemed The Drive. “It’s only right that the two greatest quarterbacks of all-time are still trading off records, even in retirement,” said Ken Goldin.