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October 11, 2022

Bronny James, Haley Jones Lead Nike NIL Signings

Nike gave Bronny James one of the best gifts he could have hoped for for his 18th birthday. Nick DePaula reports that James (Sierra Canyon), Caitlin Clark (Iowa), DJ Wagner (Camden, NJ), Haley Jones (Stanford), and JuJu Watkinson (Sierra Canyon) have each signed NIL endorsement deals with the Swoosh. The collective basketball signing makes the Beaverton brand a family affair for James, whose father inked a deal with the brand at the very same age. “For as long as I can remember, Nike’s been a part of my family,” Bronny James said in a statement. “Getting a chance to team up with them and continue my family’s legacy both on the court and in the community is wild — it really means a lot to me.”

Boardroom’s Ian Stonebrook has all the details on the next generation of Nike athletes.

Carolina Panthers Fire Matt Rhule with Four Years Left on His Contract

Three seasons and an 11-27 record led to the ousting of the Panthers’ head coach, the team announced on Monday. Defensive pass coordinator/secondary coach Steve Wilks will take over as their interim head coach. Here’s where things get interesting — Rhule still had four years and $40 million left on his deal on top of the $6 million it cost Carolina to nab him from Baylor. He’ll earn $834,000 per month for the next 48 months as a result.

MLB Expected to Exceed $10 Billion in Revenue

Ahead of the 2022 postseason, the MLB is celebrating its biggest season in a long time. Chief revenue officer Noah Garden told Forbes that he expects the league’s revenue for this year to exceed pre-pandemic levels. “It’s certainly going to be over $10 billion.” That would be the first time it hit the mark since 2019. Garden also believes the league’s attendance will have its best year since 2019, and perhaps the “most merchandise sold” in the history of the sport.

Dustin Johnson Bags LIV Champion Title, Eclipses $30.7M in Tour Earnings

The LIV Tour lured some of golf’s top talent with the promise of a big payday, and despite the controversy surrounding the source, the tour’s first season delivered financially for its players. Dustin Johnson claimed the LIV Tour Individual Champion title and a corresponding check for $18 million. This payout tops his season earnings, bringing his full figure to $30,758,600. With some golf left to play on the season, Johnson has the potential to bring in an additional $8.75 million.

Boardroom’s Sam Dunn crunches the numbers on the major money and what’s at stake in the remainder of the season.

Streaming Services Net 100K Songs Per Day

The quest for your favorite song just got a whole lot more robust. Cinq Music Group reports that artists upload over 100,000 songs each day to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Universal Music Group boss Sir Lucian Grainge addressed the shocking figure in a recent panel at the Music Matters conference, in which he noted that, as a result, labels must invest heavily in artist development to help break through the noise.

WNBPA and BreakAway Team up for Data-driven Partnership

The WNBA continues to expand, offering its players a wide range of resources to help perfect their game. The WNBPA announced the newest member of its team on Monday, as it revealed a new partnership with BreakAway as Boardroom exclusively reported. As part of the collab, players will be able to utilize the BreakAway app to commercialize, collect, control, and store their data. The BreakAway app’s features include data around GPS/tracking, biomechanics, sensors, wearables, and sleep/recovery. Former NFL wideout David Anderson founded the sports technology company following his retirement. The product is widely utilized across sports, including the XFL, NFL, and NBA.

New Zealand Women's National Rugby Team Nets 33 World of Women NFTs

The New Zealand Black Ferns women’s rugby team dominates the world of the women’s game. Now, they are joining the World of Women. The team announced that it has secured 33 World of Women Galaxy NFTs in an unprecedented move. The purchase was enabled by MoonPay. The number represents the 32 members of the Black Ferns and one to represent the fans. The Black Ferns took home the win against Australia’s Wallaroos 41-17 in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. They’ll take on Wales in their next match on Oct. 15.

Boardroom‘s Michelai Graham breaks down all the details on the historic acquisition.