Just before this season’s trade deadline, the Braves’ odds of winning the World Series were 0.4%. And now, for the first time since 1995, the Atlanta Braves are World Series champions. Atlanta completed their remarkable season turnaround on Tuesday with a 7-0 win in Game 6 against the Astros in Houston. Jorge Soler continued his dominance in the series with a three-run blast in the third inning, which earned him series MVP honors.
FanDuel Denies Interest in Buying The Athletic
During a Tuesday earnings call from Flutter Inc., FanDuel’s parent company, CEO Peter Jackson flatly denied any interest in purchasing The Athletic, Boardroom has learned. This comes in response to a report originally published Monday by The Information that claimed the sports betting giant was among the interested parties that submitted bids to buy the digital media network. “That is not something that we are bidding for,” the CEO told Boardroom. “That’s a private equity firm who’s trying to get some interest in an asset they’re selling.”
Skylar Diggins-Smith Partners With Investing Platform Public.com
The Phoenix Mercury veteran announced a new partnership with investment platform Public.com on Tuesday to promote financial education. As part of the deal, the Mercury guard will contribute to conversations about finance and entrepreneurship with Public’s digital community of over one million investors and advise college athletes via One Team, Public’s dedicated platform for NIL and financial literacy that launched in August
DraftKings Enters Exclusive Agreement with iHeartMedia
The sports betting giant announced on Wednesday that they have inked an exclusive agreement with the media platform. The multi-year deal will make DraftKings the official odds supplier for all of iHeartMedia’s programming properties. Additionally, as part of the partnership, DraftKings will co-create original content and provide in-game data across various programs.
UFC Expands Partnership with Crypto.com
Earlier this year, UFC named the fastest-growing cryptocurrency company its first-ever kit sponsor, but on Tuesday they jointly announced an expanded partnership. As part of their collaboration, they will drop an exclusive NFT collection in advance of UFC 268, set to take place on Nov. 6, which will include fight night artwork, event posters, and custom artist collaborations. Additionally, it will enable a share of revenues from the partnership for fighters.
Whoop Tapped as Official Fitness Wearable of WTA
The WTA and Whoop announced on Thursday that they have entered a multi-year partnership. Athletes will be allowed to wear Whoop technology during matches, making them the first wearable technology granted that permission. With the deal, the WTA follows in the footsteps of Whoop’s partnerships with the PGA TOUR, NASCAR, and CrossFit, enabling the integration of athletes’ biometric data into broadcasts.
Georgia, Alabama Lead College Football Playoff Rankings
The season’s first College Football Playoff Rankings released Tuesday has Georgia in the No. 1 spot, followed by Alabama, Michigan State, and Oregon. Ohio State came in at No. 5, followed by Cincinnati at No. 6.
UnderArmour Reports $1.55B in Revenue
Even a supply chain crisis cannot slow down sales for UnderArmour. The Baltimore-based company announced on Tuesday that it had posted $1.55 billion in third-quarter revenue, driven in large part by growth in international markets, including Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
Rangers, Fox Reach Historic 7yr, $66.5M Deal
The New York Rangers and Adam Fox have agreed to a historic contract extension worth $66.5 million, the largest contract in NHL history for a defenseman in the final year of an entry-level contract. The deal locks the 23-year old Fox, who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last season, in with the Rangers until the 2028-29 season.
GreenPark Sports Preps for First NFT Drop
The social gaming company, which boasts partnerships with La Liga and the NBA, raised $31 million in a Series-B round in advance of the NFT launch. The NFT has been developed in partnership with ImmutableX and will be made available on Nov. 15.