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October 18, 2022

Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley Secure “Inside The NBA” Extension

TNT’s all-star coverage of the NBA is set to continue for the foreseeable future. The network confirmed that it has extended the contracts of the whole crew of Inside the NBA, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson, heading into the 2022-23 season. The news comes after Warner Bros. Discovery exec Kathleen Finch confirmed that the network had re-signed NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Reports have emerged that the deal with Sir Charles is worth “well over” $100 million. 

Rihanna Enters the Marvel Universe With New Songs for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Wakanda Forever. After dismantling reports that she would appear in the upcoming Black Panther sequel, Rihanna is still set on making her mark. The Barbadian superstar will have two songs on the upcoming soundtrack, according to reports. The sequel promises to keep up the tradition of a star-studded soundtrack offering. The first featured contributions from Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Travis Scott, and more. 

Uber Eats Adds Cannabis to the Menu in Toronto

Munchies are about to skyrocket in demand in Toronto. Uber services in the Six added cannabis delivery to their app for residents 19 years or older. The food service partnered with Leafly, an online cannabis retailer, to help connect customers with local dispensaries. This is the first time marijuana delivery is available on a third-party food ordering platform. Despite the big move, Uber said it has no formal plans to expand this offering to customers in the United States at this time.

Celtics Honor Bill Russell With City Edition Uniforms

The Celtics are doing more than just putting the No. 6 on their court to honor the late Bill Russell. The team unveiled its city edition jerseys paying tribute to Russell. Across the chest, the team name is depicted in the signature font from Slade’s Bar & Grill, an establishment Russell owned in the 1960s. Plus, the jersey offers a nod towards his historic 11 championships come to life through diamond details, featured along the upper and once again on the belt buckle of the shorts. Russell left an indelible legacy as an 11-time NBA champion as a player, 12-time NBA All-Star, and five-time NBA MVP. 

Boardroom’s Ian Stonebrook has more details on the new kits.

Clippers, Ballmer Unveil Future of Streaming

The Clippers’ TV rights deal with Bally Sports came to an end this past summer. Governing owner Steve Ballmer saw it as an opportunity for the team to venture into the future of television — a streaming service called ClipperVision. The new service allows fans to purchase Clippers games directly, without a cable subscription. “This is our channel,” Ballmer said. “Starting in the year 2022, would somebody really say, ‘Hey, I want to do a new cable channel’? No. They’d say, ‘I want to do a new streaming service.’”

NBA Expands Christmas Coverage with Simulcast

Watching the NBA on Christmas is a tradition unlike any other. Now it’ll be even easier for fans. For the first time ever, all five Christmas games will be simulcast on both ABC and ESPN, the network announced. Last season, the NBA averaged 4.1 million viewers on Christmas Day, marking the lowest figure since the league expanded to a five-game slate in 2008 — and the lowest since ESPN acquired NBA rights before the 2002-03 season. Why? The NFL was on and attracting a lot of eyeballs. The NBA will have a clash again this year as the NFL prepares a Week 16 Christmas Day tripleheader.

Roblox Jumps Nearly 20% after Strong September Report

Roblox is ready to rise as it enters Q4. The company released its September metrics report and the numbers are impressive. The online game platform boasts 57.8 million users who logged 4 billion hours on the site. The usage rates show promising increases over the previous year (23 and 16%, respectively). Overall, Roblox credits the company’s concentrated investments in expanding its employee capacity and the improvement of its servers with the demonstrated results. The stock lept 19% in response to the news on Monday.