Takeoff Dead in Reported Dice-related Shooting at Age 28
Another incredible talent gone far too soon. Migos member Takeoff – born Kirshnik Khari Ball – was killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Houston. Early reports indicate that he was involved in a late-night dice game at a private party that sparked a disagreement, leading to his death. Quavo was also in attendance, but was not harmed in the incident. Migos formed in 2011 and included the Georgia-born rapper and his uncle (Quavo) and cousin (Offset), and changed the game with the popularization of “triplet flow” with huge hits, including their 2013 breakout “Versace.”
Toronto Maple Leafs Take Top Spot on NHL Valuations List at $2.12B
The New York Rangers have met their match. The team dropped to the second spot in Sportico’s list of NHL valuations, listed at $2.01 billion. This year’s leader? The Toronto Maple Leafs, which reign supreme at $2.12 billion. The Montreal Canadiens ($1.7B), Chicago Blackhawks ($1.44B), and Boston Bruins ($1.41B) rounded out the top five. The average team value hovered around $1 billion, as compared to $4 billion in the NFL. The Arizona Coyotes took last place, with a valuation of $465 million.
Taylor Swift Announces "Eras" Tour
After teasing an upcoming tour last week during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift confirmed that she is taking her tenth studio release Midnights on the road, with the “Eras Tour.” She will hit stadiums around the country beginning in Glendale, AZ this March and is bringing along a gaggle of pals as her opening acts, including Paramore, Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, and Muna. The 20-stop tour will wrap up in August with a two-night stand at Los Angeles’ SoFi Field.
UCLA's Kiki Rice Joins Jordan Brand as First-ever NIL Signing
Talk about a year for Kiki Rice. After an undefeated high school season (28-0) and commitment to UCLA, she became Jordan Brand‘s first NIL athlete on Monday, helping pave the way for more female representation in sports. “I think it’s a testament to the hard work I’ve put in and all the people around me who have helped me get to this point,” Rice said in a statement. With her new deal, Rice will work with programs that benefit her community and passions, like helping improve gender equality in sport for young girls.
Stephen Curry Squares up the Metaverse
Stephen Curry is driving into the lane of the metaverse. Curry’s SC30, Inc. filed for a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “CURRYVERSE,” per attorney Josh Gerben. The trademark covers a wide range of virtual assets and services. His metaverse offerings may include downloadable video games, virtual goods and apparel, NFTs, and much more.
Dustin Johnson Cashes out with $35M Debut Season on LIV Tour
Dustin Johnson was one of the first big names to move from the PGA Tour over to LIV Golf. Almost a year later, he celebrated a season total of $35 million in LIV Golf earnings at Trump National Doral. Johnson claimed an $18 million bonus for clinching the individual championship at Jeddah in early October. He then captained the 4Aces to the team title this past weekend, completing a year filled with controversy. And at what cost? $35 million, apparently. In just eight LIV Golf events, Johnson has matched nearly half his career’s total winnings on the PGA Tour.
XFL Unveils Updated Team Names and Logos
With less than six months until its 2023 kickoff, the XFL revealed the brand names and logos for the league’s eight franchises Monday. The teams are the Arlington Renegades, the DC Defenders, the Houston Roughnecks, the Orlando Guardians, the San Antonio Brahmas, the Seattle Sea Dragons, the St. Louis Battlehawks, and the Vegas Vipers. Dany Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital purchased the XFL back in 2020 for $15 million.
The 76ers Lose Two Draft Picks as NBA Examines Tampering
This isn’t Adam Silver’s first run-in with the 76ers. On Monday, the league docked the Sixers’ second-round picks in 2023 and 2024 from investigations with free agents Danuel House and PJ Tucker this summer. After the news, ESPN reported that the NBA and NBPA are expected to revisit punishment regarding tampering. In the meantime, the Knicks are still under investigation for “early contact” with point guard Jalen Brunson.