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October 23, 2023

Nike Basketball Unveils Its NBA Rookie Class

The 2023-2024 NBA season tips off on Wednesday. As the clock counts down to tipoff, Nike has unveiled the newest additions to its roster. The Swoosh extended its deal with No. 1 draft pick Victor Wembanyama earlier this year. Now, he’ll be joined by Anthony Black, Kobe Brown, Bilal Coulibaly, Keyonte George, Jordan Hawkins, Dereck Lively II, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Brandon Miller, Amen Thompson, Ausar Thompson, Julian Strawther, and Cason Wallace.

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Rob Gronkowski Takes Over Naming Rights for LA Bowl

Gronk is back in the game. Well, sort of. The future Hall of Fame tight end announced that he will take over naming rights from Jimmy Kimmel for the upcoming LA Bowl. The game will feature the Mountain West’s No. 1 seed against the No. 5 seed from the Pac-12. The winner is set to receive a custom championship belt. The event will take place at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 16.

Diddy Heads Back to Howard with $1M Donation

Diddy made good on his word. To kick off Howard University’s homecoming weekend, the Harlem icon returned to the HBCU – where he was once enrolled, but left during his sophomore year to pursue his musical ambitions – to hand over a $1 million check. The donation made good on his promise on the BET Awards stage, where he first made his promise. Earlier this fall, Combs also donated a million dollars to Jackson State.

Overtime Unveils Women's League, Tap Breanna Stewart, Zia Cooke, & More as Advisors

Overtime Elite has introduced a new pathway of play for men’s hoops. Now, the innovative organizer of sports leagues announced that it will launch Overtime Select for high school girls starting in Summer 2024. The league will include eight teams competing at its Atlanta facility. To prepare for the new venture. Overtime tapped some of the top talent in the women’s game to serve as advisors, including Breanna Stewart, Zia Cooke, Flau’jae Johnsonand Paige Bueckers.

Colin Kaepernick Teams up with Joy Yamusangie for Nike Capsule Collection

Colin Kaepernick is solidifying his impact on the culture with his newest capsule collection with Nike. The former NFL QB teamed up with London-based artist Joy Yamusangie to capture a number of symbols that reflects his “journey as an athlete, philanthropist, and activist … with elements of youthfulness, revolution, hope, community, and ambition.” The collection includes a t-shirt and a hoodie, both available on the Swoosh’s website on Oct. 27.

Adele Extends Las Vegas Residency

Adele is extending her Vegas run. The “Hello” singer announced that she will add 32 shows. She took to social media to share the announcement, saying, “I desperately needed to fall back in love with performing live again, and I have. I needed to reconnect with my songs and remember what they mean to me, and I have!” Her current set of shows was set to end on Nov. 4, but with the news, she will extend her run in Sin City through June 2024.