Peacock Becomes Home of First-Ever Exclusive Live Streamed NFL Playoff Game
The NFL is shaking things up. After revealing its first-ever Black Friday game, the league announced on Monday that Peacock will broadcast a Wild Card game on Jan. 14, 2024, marking the first time it will be available primarily on streaming. The weekend will mark a big one for NBC, which will exclusively feature three wild card games. Chairman of NBC Sports Pete Bevacqua said in a statement, “We are thrilled to partner with the NFL on this industry milestone, bringing to Peacock the first ever exclusively live streamed NFL Playoff game.”
Apple TV+ Releases First Trailer of ‘Swagger’ Season 2
The second season of the Apple TV+ hit show Swagger is nearly upon us. Produced by Boardroom, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios, and Undisputed Cinema, Swagger will premiere its second season at the upcoming Tribeca Festival and hit the streaming service on June 23. Following the breakout success of the first season, the show returns with another gripping series of episodes. This time, fans will follow Jace, Phil, Nick, Musa, Drew and Royale through the trials and tribulations of their senior year of high school. Phil hangs back while the rest of the boys transfer to Cedar Cove Prep, a predominantly white school run by the invisible rules of power and influence.
Martha Stewart, Megan Fox, Kim Petras Among ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Stars
The newest edition of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition is upon us. The iconic annual edition continued its trend of redefining the release. This year, Martha Stewart became the oldest cover star at 81. The culinary queen has become an internet sensation in recent years, displaying quirky insight to her one-of-a-kind lifestyle, which often includes poolside pics at her suburban and coastal homes. In addition, “Unholy” singer Kim Petras became the second trans model, while Megan Fox and LSU champ Angel Reese are also featured in the 2023 edition.
Matt Ryan Joins CBS Sports as an NFL Analyst
Matt Ryan is swapping his cleats for the analyst table. The former MVP announced that he will join the CBS broadcast team as an NFL analyst. However, the reveal led some to scratch their heads, as the 15-year veteran assured fans that he was not retired as a player. Ryan most recently played for the Indianapolis Colts after a long career in Atlanta, where he led the Falcons to one Super Bowl appearance. At this time, it is unknown if he will be part of the analyst desk or in-booth talent.
EU Makes Critical Decision in Favor of Microsoft’s $69B Acquisition of Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard and Microsoft are one step closer to a deal. The $69 billion agreement was put in peril by Britain’s top competition regulator, citing antitrust concerns. However, the European Commission countered this finding after Microsoft alleviated some of the most pressing issues by offering a cloud alternative for gaming purposes with a new deal with Nvidia. “The European Commission has required Microsoft to license popular Activision Blizzard games automatically to competing cloud gaming services,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a statement. “This will apply globally and will empower millions of consumers worldwide to play these games on any device they choose.”
A’s Finalize Deal for New Vegas Park
The A’s Bay departure is imminent. After many rumors over the last few years, the ball club announced that it has finalized a deal for a new park in Las Vegas. The team is headed to the Strip, as it announced that it has secured the land where the Tropicana formerly stood. The ballpark will include 30,000 seats and is expected to run $1.5 billion. The team is seeking $400 million in public funds to subsidize the build, and a decision may come as soon as next week.
Missy Elliott to Be Honored by National Museum of African American Music
Missy Elliott’s list of honors continues to grow. After being revealed as a member of the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, the entertainer will also be enshrined at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. The honor will come as part of the venue’s Celebration of Legends set to take place on June 2 where Elliott will be honored alongside Mya and Sylvia Rhone.