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Fanatics expanding its business; Rubin to be CEO

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Fanatics today is announcing plans to expand beyond just e-commerce and into different businesses. Those potential growth areas are in sports betting, iGaming, media and ticketing, though there is no definitive timetable for when Fanatics could announce plans in those spaces. Fanatics has already begun its first new vertical,...

Fanatics rides Lawrence to record NFL Draft sales

Closing Bell / Friday, April 30, 2021
Demand for Trevor Lawrence ’s official No. 16 Jaguars jersey led Fanatics to its best sales ever for the first night of an NFL Draft. Lawrence, long projected to be the No. 1 overall pick, more than doubled the previous best sales for an individual draftee,...

Fanatics signs Trevor Lawrence to multiyear deal

Morning Buzz / Friday, April 30, 2021
No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence is adding to his budding marketing portfolio, as Fanatics has signed the Jaguars QB to a multiyear deal. The agreement will see Fanatics become the exclusive provider of memorabilia and autographed merchandise for Lawrence, including those related to both the...

Source: Fanatics' latest funding round yields $320M

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Fanatics has raised $320M in its latest round of funding, according to a source, shooting the company’s valuation up to $12.8B. Silver Lake led this round of funding, which comes approximately just seven months after Fanatics closed a $350M Series E investment round. Fidelity, Neuberger Berman, Franklin...

Review: How Nickelodeon's NFL Telecast Landed With A Six-Year-Old

Daily / Monday, January 11, 2021
The decision by the NFL and CBS to simulcast yesterday’s Bears-Saints playoff game on Nickelodeon resulted in thousands of parents around the country watching the channel-specific broadcast with their children. I know that, because I was one of those parents. There was no way that my six-year-old son Conner...

Chris Paul Back For More In New State Farm Campaign

Daily / Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Chris Paul will make his debut with the Suns on Wednesday night when they host the Mavericks, but he is returning this season to another team he has long been associated with -- State Farm. The NBA’s official insurance sponsor once again is debuting an original campaign...

Heat's Tyler Herro Sees Profile Jump Thanks To Breakout Postseason

Daily / Friday, September 25, 2020
Heat G Tyler Herro has emerged as a budding star after his play so far in the Eastern Conference Finals, highlighted by the career-high 37 points he scored in the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Celtics. It also is clear that the rookie’s popularity among fans...

USA Network To Air Its First Notre Dame Football Game

Closing Bell / Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Notre Dame will make its first ever appearance on USA Network this football season, as the Fighting Irish’s game against South Florida on Sept. 19 will air on the cable channel. The reason is due to a pile-up of prestigious sports properties on the NBCUniversal family of networks caused...

ESPN Explains Decision To Use Majority Of Morning Coverage On Hernandez' Death

Daily / Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ESPN devoted a majority of its airtime this morning to the hanging death of former Patriots TE and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, a development the net’s Rob King called “appropriate” considering the circumstances around the news. Reports of Hernandez’ death broke around 6:30am ET, shortly before the initial live...