Weekly Roundup: Business of Athletes, Sports, & NIL (January 1-15th)
Dropping sports participation rates = rising obesity, Joe Burrow buys farm land, and some major sports tech acquisitions.
(0:40) - Feel good stories
Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons has raised over $500,000 through NIL for his charity "Big Man, Big Heart."
Damar Hamlin’s charity hits $8.8M in donations.
(2:10) - Business of Athletes
Michael Phelps, Odell Beckham Jr, Jeremy Lin, & more invest in Major League Pickleball (MLP).
Alex Rodriguez has exercised his option alongside Marc Lore to buy a second 20% stake in the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx.
Blake Griffin, Joe Burrow, Khris Middleton, Kemba Walker, Anders Lee, and 20+ pro athletes are buying $5M in Iowa farmland.
Patrick Mahomes has acquired an ownership stake in the women’s soccer team, Kansas City Current.
WNBA star Lisa Leslie has joined the ownership team at Jelenew, a women’s cycling brand.
(5:45) - Name, Image, and Likeness
Tiger Woods's son, Charlie Woods, will not be eligible for NIL money under Florida law should he attend high school there (currently in 8th grade).
NIL Collectives, such as at Michigan, are raising funds to help pay athletes to return to their schools.
NC State cornerback, Shyheim Battle, became the first athlete to ever sign an equity deal with Obsesh, an all-in-one athlete engagement platform.
Florida’s $13 million NIL deal with 5-star football recruit Jaden Rashada may head to the courtroom.
(09:35) - Future of Sports
32 Equity, the NFL’s venture fund, invested in upstart apparel and footwear brand NOBULL.
The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has completed a $30 million Series B funding round led by Divergent Investments.
Runna, a coaching app for runners, has raised $2.3M in funding.
East Asia Super League (EASL) has secured US$40 million in its Series C fundraising round.
Clive Mayhew has invested $1.2 million to launch Play Today, a web3 golf company.
Teamworks, a sports management SaaS, has acquired 4 new companies: Smartabase, Retain, Grafted, and NextPlay.
Sports participation rates are dropping…
And you know what’s rising?
1990: zero states with obesity rates above 20%
2018: zero states with obesity rates below 20%
Short Passage of The Week
Most people think that leadership is telling people what to do.
What leadership really is:
Use of influence and power
Actively listening to understand
Integrity and developing a vision
Practicing empathy and vulnerability
Self-awareness and empowering others
"Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.
The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up."
Passage by Brené Brown
Steven Farag is the founder and CEO of Campus Ink — a merch platform that recently raised $2 million to expand its NIL offerings to colleges.
Fascinating convo touching on:
Getting Mark Cuban to invest
State of NIL and college sports
The hardest thing about the apparel business
How much college athletes are making from selling merch
And much more…
Check it out:
Investments often take many years to materialize.
Kobe Bryant pulled off one of the best of all time (6,600% return).
Venture Capital firms are typically the first institutional money early-stage companies receive.
Here’s how they’re structured:
Limited partners: provide the capital and assume a passive role
General partners: run the investment funds day to day operations which includes spotting opportunities and providing value to current portfolio companies
"My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life like one long University education that I never had — every day I’m learning something new." - Richard Branson
Thanks for tuning in today!