Major League Soccer Will Allow Gambling, Liquor Sponsors for Jerseys and Stadium Rights

Major League Soccer unveiled sweeping changes to its commercial sponsorship guidelines Wednesday that allow its 24 clubs to secure jersey and stadium naming rights sponsorships with sports betting and liquor companies. The changes, which take effect immediately, put North America’s top professional soccer league far afield of its larger counterparts at the National Football League, […]

Women’s World Cup Gets a New Opponent: Europe’s Blistering Heatwave

In France this week, as temperatures may climb above 104F (40C), the Women’s World Cup must go on, but with some adjustments. After a brief break on Wednesday, the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals begin Thursday. Luckily, two of those matches are scheduled to happen later in the day, after the midday heat has dissipated: 9 […]

Women’s World Cup: VAR Instant Replay Tech Has Players and Fans up in Arms

The Women’s World Cup 2019 is underway and FIFA’s new instant replay rules has both fans and players frustrated. Unlike previous iterations of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup, 2019 added a video assistant referee, or VAR, to the games. VAR technology is meant to assist the referees’ calling, and it made its debut at the Men’s […]

Zion Williamson and Other Top NBA Draft Picks Are About to Cash In. Here’s How Much They Could Make

Resplendent in a sparkling white tuxedo, Zion Williamson took his place onstage in New York as not only the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft Thursday night but also as the new face of the New Orleans Pelicans. As the number one pick, Williamson is projected to make up to $44.2 million with a […]

We Got a Preview of What NBA’s League Pass May Look Like Next Season

What will the NBA look like next year? Whatever the outcome of Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight in Toronto, the league has some potentially sizable changes underway for one of its other hot properties, its NBA League Pass subscription service. Prior to the Golden State Warriors Game 3 battle with Kawhi Leonard and […]

Mark Stevens is Banned, But Here are the Other Tech Titans You May See Courtside on the Warriors’ ‘Billionaire’s Row’

They only look like your average fans. It caused quite a stir when the conservatively dressed fan sitting courtside who shoved Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals turned out to be Silicon Valley billionaire venture capitalist and Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens. He was consequently banned from attending games […]

Rakuten Has Generated ‘North of $40 Million’ From Sponsoring the Golden State Warriors

For a generation of NBA fans, the Golden State Warriors have become synonymous with winning. On the court, sharp-shooting Stephen Curry and co. are currently vying for their fourth championship in five seasons; off it, Golden State has hit on a number of recent business ventures–chief among them, its jersey sponsorship agreement with Japanese e-commerce […]

Who Is Mark Stevens? Here’s What We Know About the VC Banned for Shoving Raptors Star Kyle Lowry

At first glance, he looked like an overzealous fan who shoved Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during an intense Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday. Turns out he’s not just any fan, but Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. As a result, the NBA said Thursday that Stevens […]