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September 24, 2021

McCaffrey Injured as Undefeated Panthers Roll Texans in Thursday Night Showdown

Carolina improved to a 3-0 record, taking down the floundering Houston Texans 24-9 on Thursday Night Football thanks to a swarming defense and 300 yards passing and two touchdowns rushing from QB Sam Darnold. However, the Panthers lost superstar running back Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) and rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn (broken foot) to injury.

Mercury, Sky Advance to Second Round as WNBA Playoff Tips Off

The Phoenix Mercury secured a last-second victory against the Liberty 83-82, following Betnijah Laney’s game-tying three-pointer for New York with 2.7 seconds left. In other WNBA postseason action, the Chicago Sky handled the Dallas Wings 81-64. Both teams are set to advance to the second round this Sunday, where the Mercury will take on the Seattle Storm and the Sky will face the Lynx. 

White Sox Clinch First Division Championship Since 2008

The Chicago White Sox clinched the American League Central title Thursday night following a 7-2 victory over second-place Cleveland. It’s the sixth division championship for the White Sox and the first for the club since 2008.

The 43rd Ryder Cup Tees Off Today

Professional golfers from the United States and Europe are kicking off the 43rd Ryder Cup today at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The world’s top golfers are competing in foursomes and four-ball on Friday and Saturday and will switch to singles on Sunday. 

NFL Announces Monday Night Game as Part of Super Wild Card Weekend for 2021 Season

The NFL announced Friday that one of the six playoff games on Super Wild Card Weekend (Jan. 15-17, 2022) will take place on a Monday night. This year’s Super Wild Card Weekend will now feature a pair of games on Saturday, three games on Sunday, and the finale on Monday.

NBA Top Shot to Drop WNBA Top 25 Packs Today

The first Run It Back WNBA packs in the history of Top Shot will be released later today. The rare drop will celebrate 25 years of WNBA greatness and will feature the 25 greatest players in WNBA history.

SEC Becomes First Conference to Allow Schools to Give Athletes “Awards”

The SEC will allow its member universities to award student-athletes with education-related benefits and academic achievement awards such as computers, science equipment, musical instruments, money, and more. The decision to allow such benefits is made possible thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Alston v. NCAA. SEC schools will now be able to give athletes direct financial support in the form of academic achievement awards, up to the legally established maximum of $5,980 per year.

Ezekiel Elliott NFT Collection Coming to Ethernity Chain

Ezekiel Elliott and Ethernity Chain are announcing a limited-edition non-fungible token collection, Boardroom can exclusively confirm. The collection will feature interactive non-fungible token collectibles in a style first introduced with Dak Prescott’s own NFT release on Ethernity chain, a digital art marketplace that produces authenticated NFTs.

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Washington Capitals Announce Jersey Sponsorship with Caesars Sportsbook

As part of the NHL’s newly minted Jersey Advertising Program, the Capitals introduced a multi-year partnership with Caesars Sportsbook beginning in the 2022-23 season. As part of the arrangement, the Caps will feature a jersey patch on their first and third home jerseys and Caesars will sponsor hospitality spaces throughout the Capital One Arena.

Craig Carton Draws from Past Gambling Struggles in New Partnership with FanDuel

FanDuel is naming acclaimed sports radio and television personality Craig Carton as its first national responsible gaming ambassador, the company announced Thursday. Carton, host of “Carton & Roberts” on WFAN 101.9 FM in New York, will focus on FanDuel’s efforts to promote safer gaming behaviors based on his own checkered history with sports gambling.

Nike Cuts Projected Profits Amidst Supply Chain Woes

In their earnings report, the sportswear giant posted impressive earnings amidst supply chain challenges. Although Nike fell short of their projected profits and adjusted their anticipated figures for the year, they reported $12.2 billion in revenue for the quarter, reflecting a 12% year-over-year increase. 

AT&T Partners with the WNBA for Exciting AR Experiences

As part of its continuing role as a WNBA Gamechanger, AT&T announced that it will be teaming up with the league to bring fans exclusive augmented reality experiences on its 5G platform. Fans will be able to use Game View’s augmented reality to access statistics from both live and past games.