Angel Reese Nabs ‘Sports Illustrated’ NIL Deal & Swimsuit Edition Feature
LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese can now add Sports Illustrated swimsuit model to her growing resume. The publication announced the news on Instagram with a photo from Reese’s shoot, where she’s sporting a purple bikini. According to On3NIL, it is a part of a larger NIL deal with the outlet. Reese joins Livvy Dunne as the only two college athletes to ever be a part of the swimsuit edition.
WWE Shatters Attendance Records in First Backlash Event in Puerto Rico Since 2005
WWE’s weekend events in Puerto Rico proved to be quite successful. On Monday morning, organizers reported that 28% more people watched Backlash compared to the previous high mark set last year, when the program was held in Providence, Rhode Island. This year’s program also set gate records for any Backlash and for any WWE show held in Puerto Rico. Bad Bunny, the weekend’s star, surely had something to do with that. The Puerto Rican-born musician won his marquee event against veteran fighter Damian Priest, defeating his opponent in front of a crowd of 17,944 attendees.
Justin Fields Graduates from Ohio State
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields is officially a graduate of The Ohio State University. The former Buckeye walked across the stage on Sunday, earning a degree in consumer and family financial services. After leading Ohio State to the CFP semifinals as a sophomore and the national championship game as a junior the following year, he left for the NFL, becoming the Bears’ 11th overall pick in 2021.
Writers Strike Delays Forthcoming 'Blade' Film
Production on the highly anticipated Blade film has hit another roadblock. The writers strike has prompted Marvel to temporarily suspend production on the forthcoming project. The film was set to begin filming next month in Atlanta and star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto was tapped to develop the script, but a source tells the outlet that “time simply ran out.” Marvel hopes to proceed with production once the strike ends.
Kentucky Derby Sets New Wagering Record
Sports bettors arrived in droves for this year’s Kentucky Derby. According to WLKY, Churchill Downs reported that betting for this year’s festivities was the highest of all time on the Derby race, Kentucky Derby Day program and Derby Week races. The new record stands at $188.7 million, shattering the previous total of $179 million set just last year. As for The Kentucky Day program, it earned a new record of $288.7 million in wagers and Derby Week rose to a record of $412 million in profit.
Amazon Gets into the Syndication Game
It was only a matter of time: Amazon Studios is launching a syndication business for its original television programs and movies. What does that mean? Well, the streaming platform hopes to sell streaming originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan, and Fleabag to other outlets. “The launch of Amazon MGM Studios Distribution reinforces our commitment to bringing the very best content to audiences everywhere worldwide,” Amazon Studios head Jen Salke said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
New Partnership From MLS x ai.io Allows All Players to Be Scouted
MLS and London-based technology organization ai.io announced a partnership Monday that will help grant soccer players a chance to be scouted by the league for free, without having to travel. Using AI, a prospect will be able to undergo a personal trial session from the comfort of home. This new endeavor is a part of MLS’ Emerging Ventures initiative, which seeks to increase opportunities by minimizing player expenses.