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Sprinting Into 2024: From Mickey's New Chapter to Olympic Surprises and Star Controversies

Happy New Year, and welcome back to the Spotlight! If your New Year’s resolution is to get up to speed on the latest in the sports and entertainment business, while also getting the occasional chuckle, you have come to the right place. Skeptical? You have nothing to lose—and I’m far less expensive than that impossible-to-cancel gym membership that you’re never going to use anyway. That being said, if you're trying to cut back on the amount of cheese you consume, then you're out of luck. As we roll into 2024, maybe you’re energized by a clean slate for the year ahead or (like me) propelled forward with a fantasy football championship

    • At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2024, the copyrights in the original "Steamboat Willie" character on which Mickey Mouse was based fell into the public domain and opened up the door to no shortage of gory horror films (“we’ve got fears, say ”’cheers!’”) featuring the aforementioned mouse. This is great news to those of us who thought parenting wasn't hard enough these days.

    • New York Jets Quarterback Aaron Rodgers strongly implied that late night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s name would appear on a list of associates of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.  With good reason, Kimmel took exception to the jab (apparently motivated by Rodgers’ animus towards Kimmel’s jokes about him), threatening legal action against Rodgers. You might call Rodgers’ grudges his Achilles.

    • In an effort to bring in a new audience for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, NBCUniversal is enlisting the services of Snoop Dogg, who may be utterly disappointed to find out what it means to pass the torch.

Endorsement Deals, Sponsorships & Investments
Ice cream brand offering $5K endorsement deal to those who keep New Year’s resolutions
January 4, 2024 via Fox Business

Chelsea agree BingX sleeve sponsorship deal, will appear on front of training kits next season
January 3, 2024 via Athletic
NBA’s Pacers put QR code on jersey in US pro team sponsorship first
January 3, 2024 via Sport Business
What to Watch: Male Athletes Will Reign as Top Fashion Ambassadors
January 2, 2024 via Women's Wear Daily
Harris, Blitzer Take $10M HOF Village Stake in Youth Sports Push
December 29, 2023 via Sportico
The New York Times files copyright lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft
December 28, 2023 via Techspot
The Discussion About A.I. Feels New and Scary. But We’ve Had This Conversation Many Times Before.
December 28, 2023 via Slate Magazine

Air Canada signs sponsorship deal with Professional Women's Hockey League
December 28, 2023 via Thorold News
Disney Advertising Scores Great Clips® as Official Hair Salon Sponsor of College Football Playoff
December 28, 2023 via Business Wire
Ex-Google CEO Schmidt Joining A-Rod, Lore Timberwolves Takeover
December 28, 2023 via Sportico


Broncos Benching Russell Wilson Could Lead to Legal Action
January 3, 2024 via Sportico
David Tepper’s Drink Toss May Invite Legal Action, NFL Sanctions
January 1, 2024 via Sportico
The NFL’s death grip on sports media got even tighter in 2023
December 28, 2023 via Awful Announcing
Year in Sports Law: B1G Coach Cases, Big Baby and the Big FTX Scam
December 28, 2023 via Sportico

Divest From Sports. Now Might Be the Time.
December 28, 2023 via Sportico

Music Biz

Snoop Dogg joins NBCUniversal to cover Paris 2024 Olympics
January 3, 2024 via Inside The Games Publication

Film & TV  

Jimmy Kimmel Slams Aaron Rodgers’ Claim About Jeffrey Epstein Connection: ‘Your Reckless Words Put My Family in Danger’
January 3, 2024 via Variety

Mickey Mouse Horror Movie Trailer Drops: Film Uses ‘Steamboat Willie’ Version Of Character That’s Now In Public Domain
January 2, 2024 via Deadline
Legal Battles Loom as First Mickey Mouse Copyright Ends
December 29, 2023 via Voice of America

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