The NFL’s 101st season kicks off tonight on Fox as the Bucs and Cowboys take the field in Tampa Bay. Brady will begin the quest towards his GOAT-worthy eighth Super Bowl ring as he squares off against the league’s highest paid player, QB Dak Prescott.
Djokovic Cruises to US Open Semifinals
Despite dropping the first set to Italian Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic took home the quarterfinals win in Queens 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. He’ll take on Alexander Zverev, who took down the Djoker en route to the gold medal at the Olympics, on Friday.
Pepi Shines in Debut as USMNT Beats Honduras
After underwhelming performances against El Salvador and Canada, the USMNT stepped up against Honduras in the World Cup Qualifiers with a 4-1 victory. Eighteen-year-old standout Ricardo Pepi notched the go-ahead goal and two assists in his international debut.
Verizon, NFL Connect for 10-year Extension
The NFL has had a booming off-season on the business side and added to these efforts as they announced a 10-year extension of their tech and marketing partnership with Verizon. Although the details are not yet available, sources believe that the deal is worth north of $1 billion and will focus on leveraging 5G technology to enhance fan engagement, virtual reality integration, and more.
Brady, Gisele Star in TV Ad for FTX Crypto Exchange
As part of their partnerships with cryptocurrency exchange FTX — which famously includes equity stakes in the company — Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen appear in a new television ad for the company that was revealed Wednesday. It was a big day for FTX, as Stephen Curry became an ambassador for the brand as well.
LaLiga Launches NFT Fantasy Cards with SoRare
Spain’s top soccer league will launch a wide range of digital collectibles, including NFTs, fantasy cards, and more to its rabid fanbase with French company SoRare. As part of the exclusive deal, LaLiga is eligible for royalties based on sales.
Cincinnati Applies to Join Big 12; BYU, UCF, and Houston Expected to Follow
The University of Cincinnati is joining a growing list of schools hoping to join the Big 12 conference. The Bearcats’ application, which is expected to be accepted by the Big 12 on Friday, is among several applications to the conference that includes Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Central Florida.
Alabama QB Bryce Young to Launch Weekly Podcast on Colin Cowherd’s Network, The Volume
Alabama QB Bryce Young is getting his own college football podcast — The Bryce Young Podcast — after signing with Colin Cowherd and iHeartRadio’s The Volume podcast network. Young, who is expected to lead the Crimson Tide as they vie for another national title, is able to sign the deal thanks to the new name, images, or likeness (NIL) policy the NCAA adopted in July.
Genius Doubles Q2 Revenues, Attributes Net Losses to Stock Payouts
The latest financial results for sports data and technology firm Genius Sports show the company brought in revenue of $55.8M in Q2 — nearly double the revenue generated over the same period last year. The improved figures come after the company announced deals to provide official NFL data to gaming operators Caesars Entertainment, WynnBet, 888, as well as DraftKings.