During the pandemic last year, with people locked inside and looking for something to flip the mood, quarantiners turned to nostalgia and began collecting trading cards. Pokémon cards, basketball cards, baseball cards, and more.
Now the market is flaming hot.
Rare cards selling for a high price is not a phenomenon unique to 2020. In 2018, a rare Mike Trout baseball card sold for $400,000. Two years later, its market…
15%: That’s how many fewer people watched last Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV than watched last year’s big game, according to Bloomberg. A little more than 96 million tuned in to the game this year, making it the smallest audience for the Super Bowl since 2007.
Given that people couldn’t gather for big Super Bowl parties like they would have in prior years, you might have expected that more households would have had the game on their televisions, leading to higher viewership numbers. But it appears that if people can’t have a Super Bowl party at home or at a bar…
It was a little over a month after the NBA season and NCAA tournament had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Spring training had been delayed, and the entire 2020 Major League Baseball season was in jeopardy. Despite all this, fantasy sports giant DraftKings went public in late April in a deal valued at $2.7 billion. The Boston-based company, founded in 2012, is part of a growing list of companies that have eschewed the traditional IPO and gone public via a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company (or SPAC), which is essentially a blank check shell company.
Depending on just how sports-starved you are, you may be looking forward to doing something this weekend you haven’t done in a while, if ever: watching a Nascar race.
With the exception of Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts, all major sports have been in hibernation since mid-March, with fans turning to video-gaming as an alternative release. So the May 17 race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, airing live on Fox, gives Nascar something truly singular — a shot at the undivided attention of America’s vast and voracious sports-consuming community.
March came and went without any Madness. UEFA Champions League football declared no champions. Baseball closed the door on opening day. And the NFL had to hold a virtual draft in lieu of a real one. The global coronavirus pandemic halted every major sporting event around the world this year, so I fought boredom by digging my Nintendo Classic console out of storage and switching on Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter II.
My choices may have been decidedly old school, but I wasn’t alone in my detour from sports to video games. Verizon reports that online gaming overall has…
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The most and least impressive action taken by a management team to support or erode enterprise equity, so far in 2018, both happened on the same day — September 5th.
“As my mother would say: You’re going to pay your bills with this?”
This was one of the last things David Stern ever said to me when I was in his office pitching him a new business idea a few months ago. It seems unfathomable that I will no longer be able to text him about the latest NBA news and get a sarcastic response a minute later.
I first met David Stern in 2013 when I snuck into the NBA Tech Summit at the All-Star Weekend in Houston. He was in the buffet line ahead of me, talking to…
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