On this week’s SportsMoney Playbook: Conor McGregor and the world’s highest-paid athletes, a secret weapon in Nascar and MLS’s newest athlete investor. Plus: why a Staten Island boxing legend has fallen in love with MMA.
NFL working again Mark Ingram is buying a 1% stake in D.C. United, becoming a member of an inventory of professional athletes who’ve invested in MLS golf equipment that features Russell Westbrook, Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. “I simply imagine within the development of soccer,” Ingram tells us.
The U.S. ladies’s nationwide staff is ready to open Q2 Stadium, Austin FC‘s $260 million new dwelling, which boasts a fan-centric experience tailor-made to town itself.
Even with golf equipment’ funds getting some assist with the return of followers to stadiums, this summer time’s switch window may very well be a quiet one in Europe; the top of one of many world’s largest soccer businesses predicts the market is unlikely to return to normal till 2023.
An revolutionary hydration system has given Ricky Stenhouse Jr. an in-race competitive advantage for the final three years. Now, it is out there to all Nascar drivers.
Nascar is working with Rocket League to prominently function 9 drivers within the well-liked online game, with Austin Dillon selling the launch on Twitch—and displaying that the collection’ management is keen to experiment to draw a younger and more engaged audience.
Faculty Sports activities
As the primary school sports activities group to go identify, picture and likeness laws, the NAIA has become a testing ground for a way these insurance policies may very well be enacted on the NCAA stage. The early conclusions: Athletes can earn tons of on social media, and a “one-stop” offers platform has an early-mover benefit.
Fight Sports activities
Claressa Shields has gained two Olympic gold medals and championships in three divisions, but she would not obtain wherever close to the compensation or the advertising of her male counterparts in boxing. She tells us concerning the inequality of the game and why she’s jumped to MMA, together with her Skilled Fighters League debut set for tonight.
Sports activities Enterprise
Beryllium, a fantasy sports activities and buying and selling platform, secured $3 million in a pre-Sequence A funding spherical.
Baylor College is placing its identify on a Topgolf location in Texas, flipping traditional naming rights deals on their head.
Little concerning the previous yr in sports activities felt regular for the world’s elite athletes, and the surprises prolonged from the sector to their financial institution accounts. Regardless of the pandemic, the cutoff to rank among the many 50 highest-paid athletes on the planet rose from $28.5 million final yr to $34 million, the best threshold ever, with 15 newcomers cracking the record. Check out who landed where on this year’s ranking.
Upon Additional Evaluate
“It has been a very long time coming,” Conor McGregor told us after ascending to No. 1 on our annual record of the world’s highest-paid athletes by promoting his majority stake in whiskey model Correct No. Twelve for $150 million. He isn’t the primary athlete to dive into the liquor trade. Two years in the past, Michael Jordan partnered with 4 different NBA homeowners to launch a model of premium tequila that retails for $1,600 per bottle. Read more about MJ’s Cincoro tequila.
The Final Phrase
“I don’t know jack-diddly-squat about jiu-jitsu.” – Teddy Atlas
Teddy Atlas is the final word boxing diehard—he is skilled 18 world champions and lives by the code “boxing is life.” However recently, regardless of not realizing an excessive amount of about it, the 64-year-old Staten Islander has discovered himself desirous about a brand new sport: the UFC. “They’re each preventing; they’re simply totally different types,” he tells us. Read more about Atlas’ growing interest in MMA.
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