The Las Vegas Raiders welcomed fans to Allegiant Stadium for the first time Monday night, treating them to one of the wildest games in team history. The Raiders’ defense recovered a late Lamar Jackson fumble, and Derek Carr completed a 31-yard pass to Zay Jones to seal the 33-27 victory on Monday Night Football.
USC’s Clay Helton Swiftly Fired After Disappointing Loss to Stanford
The University of Southern California announced that it will “seek a change in leadership,” firing head coach Clay Helton after their 42-28 loss to Stanford. Helton had posted a 46-24 record since he was hired in 2015. Assistant coach Donte Williams will take over, becoming the first Black head coach in USC football history.
NBA Considers Launch of Mid-season Tournament; Winning Team Would Net $1M Per Player
The NBA is weighing the addition of an in-season tournament to its schedule, Shams Charania reports. If it does go forward, early reports indicate that each player of the winning team will earn a $1 million prize. The news comes following the success of the WNBA’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup, held in August, which uses a similar play-in and payout model.
Vlad Jr. Hits 45th HR to Surpass Shohei Ohtani
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. took one step closer to a possible Triple Crown on Monday as he lifted his 45th home run in the Blue Jays’ 8-1 victory against the Rays. The home run puts the 22-year-old one ahead of Angels star Shohei Ohtani for the MLB lead, and places him just four RBIs behind White Sox slugger José Abreu.
Lewis Hamilton Spotlights Black Designers with Met Gala Table Sponsorship
Coming off a scary moment in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, F1 star Lewis Hamilton showed up at the Met Gala and dazzled the red carpet. Inside, he hosted a table of up-and-coming Black designers, giving each a seat at the table at fashion’s super exclusive, marquee event. This is only the most recent in Hamilton’s efforts to promote inclusion across culture and sport.
Following WNBA 25 Recognition, Aces Retire Becky Hammon’s No. 25
Although Becky Hammon never played a single game in a Las Vegas Aces jersey, the team honored her legacy and impact on the WNBA, raising her No. 25 to their rafters. Hammon, an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, recently was listed 22nd on the influential WNBA 25, commemorating her outstanding 16-year career, which she spent with the New York Liberty and the San Antonio Stars, which are now the Aces.
Drone Racing League Strikes $100M Deal with Blockchain Company Algorand
The Drone Racing League has inked a five-year partnership with blockchain company Algorand, with sources telling Boardroom that the deal is worth $100 million. The pact between the two companies marks the largest partnership ever for the DRL, now in its sixth season. The league has plans to introduce crypto-powered ticketing, collectibles, fan transactions, and non-fungible tokens, all backed by the Algorand blockchain.
Jordan Brand Pledges $1M to Help Diversify Newsrooms
Michael Jordan and his namesake brand announced that they will donate $1 million to Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting to promote diversity in news media. The donation will help fund internships for students who attend North Carolina HBCUs, as well as support an in-depth journalism project at a predominantly Black and Latino high school in North Carolina.
Ariel Investments Increases Stake in Manchester United
Chicago-based Ariel Investments doubled down on their stake in Manchester United, increasing it to nearly 14%. The move makes them the third-largest owner of the team’s Class A stock, which is estimated to be worth approximately $103 million.
Mets Owner Steve Cohen Backs NFT Platform Recur, Joins Board
After its February launch, Recur announced that they have closed a $333 million Series A funding round, backed by billionaire and Mets owner Steve Cohen. The financing will support the growth of the NFT platform into the collegiate space.