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May 25, 2023

Tina Turner Passes Away at 83

The music industry is mourning the loss of an icon. On Wednesday, Tina Turner’s publicist Bernard Doherty announced that the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll passed away at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland after a long unknown illness. She was 83. Her raspy vocals, iconic moves, and dazzling stage presence catapulted Turner to a worldwide solo superstar. Turner notched eight Grammys, including three for her global hit “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Diana Flores Becomes First Flag Football Player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Days after the NFL took home a Sports Emmy for its “Run With It” Super Bowl ad featuring Diana Flores, the league announced that the flag football star will become the first athlete in her sport with artifacts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The exhibit will show the jersey Flores wore in the spot and her football signed by Billie Jean King and Sauce Gardner. “I’m honored to have my jersey become a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection, alongside NFL Legends and football stars I greatly admire,” said Flores of the occasion. “This is so meaningful not just for me personally, but also for Flag football overall. It’s hugely symbolic in showing football is for everyone, especially women and girls.” Visit the “Run With It’ exhibit starting Wednesday, May 24 in Canton, Ohio.

Offset Unveils Upcoming Album in Emotional ‘Variety’ Interview

Covering the newest issue of Variety, rapper Offset says he’s still having a tough time accepting the passing of his former Migos bandmate, Takeoff. “It’s hard for me to talk about s–t right now,” he admitted. “I’ve never talked about this stuff. Seriously. Talking about Take is hard, man. Talking about all this s–t is hard. That’s why I don’t, to be honest. That s–t hurts.” The 31-year-old is releasing a new album where he channels his feelings over the last several months. Expected to arrive this summer, the project will feature Travis Scott, Future, Chloe Bailey, Latto, and Takeoff. Offset’s wife and certified “bestie,” Cardi B, will also be on the album.

Meta Focuses on Business Ops with New Round of Layoffs

On Wednesday, members of Meta’s business group were informed they were no longer employed with Facebook’s parent company, marking the third round of major layoffs. Sportico reports that several sports-specific personnel were among those impacted, leaving questions about the company’s future in the field. Though they declined to confirm the layoffs were ongoing, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a March blog post that the business sector would be the final stage. In April, Meta celebrated an increase in first-quarter revenue, up 3% from $27.91 billion a year earlier, after three straight periods in which it slumped.

Commanders Quest for Trademark Gets Overturned

The Washington Commanders are in a bit of a dilemma. On Wednesday, the franchise’s application to get the team name trademarked was officially denied. Per the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there is already an existing trademark for “Commanders’ Classic,” an annual college football game between Army and Air Force. The moniker could draw confusion to the NFC East team. Attorney Josh Gerben says the team could file a response, arguing that there is no such confusion. At the moment, Gerben says there haven’t been further trademark filings from the Commander.


Read more from Boardroom’s Shlomo Sprung the Commanders’ trademark dispute.

Sony Music Boss Praises Enormous Economic Gains in Annual Meeting

In speaking to investors at Sony Group’s 2023 Business Segment Briefing, Chairman Rob Stringer spoke on the recent successes of the music label. The exec lauded the “record-breaking year for the company on almost every core metric. The music division emerged as the top profit contributor to Sony’s bottom line last fiscal year. Sony Music logged $10 billion in revenue, marking a 25% increase year-over-year. Speaking on the growing concern presented by AI, Stringer assured that Sony will “protect our creators on every level possible, whether it be creative, financial or legal. Infringement of their rights should be the basis for a unique new set of artist and songwriter protections industry-wide. Tech does not simply overrule art.”

NCAA Survey Reveals that 58% of Students Participate in Sports Betting

The NCAA released survey results Wednesday that indicate betting is popular among young adults. The data found this particularly rampant on college campuses and within minority communities. Key results from the survey revealed that 58% of the sample size have participated in at least one sports betting activity. The organization includes fantasy sports in its definition of sports betting. The survey was conducted April 18-23 and adults ages 18-22 who have lived in the United States were prompted, generating 3,527 responses. Finally, data also determined that the most common amount bet fell between $10-$20.