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Signing Off 2023: Big Stories, Dad Jokes, and Sports Spectacles

For the very last time in 2023, welcome back to the Spotlight! I know there’s still 2 weeks left in the year but I figure my readers are either going to be checked-out or buried in work to complete before end of the year. If you can’t wait for more puns and dad jokes until 2024 (like a shoe store for Shaquille O’Neal, that’s no small feat) you can email me at and/or add me on LinkedIn. But if Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani can wait 10 years to start receiving the $680 million deferred compensation balance of his recently signed 10 year, $700 million contract, I think you will manage. From mega contracts to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, to Messi’s move to Miami, to Taylor Swift’s global domination, to artificial intelligence’s emergence to the mainstream, to the continued growth of women’s sports, to pickleball and the expansion of athletes’ investment portfolios, the year has been packed with huge stories and developments in the sports and entertainment industries occurrences and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the next pages of the calendar. Until then, I leave you with best wishes for Happy Holidays and of course the following:

    • The Washington Commanders are moving business operations off-site from their home stadium, FedEx Field. No word on whether there are plans to move winning operations in. 

    • The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is due to be featured in a docuseries on streaming platform Peacock, virtually guaranteeing a Sean Astin cameo appearance. 

    • On the heels of the Netflix Cup golf tournament, the streaming service is continuing a push into live sporting events with a tennis match between two Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. A perfect event for viewers seeking to get their net fix.

Endorsement Deals, Sponsorships & Investments

Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch agree to marketing extension, including stadium naming rights
December 13, 2023 via ABC News
Titans QB Will Levis Pitches an Endorsement Deal With Levi’s
December 13, 2023 via
MLS Team Sponsorship Revenue Nears $600 Million
December 7, 2023 via PR Newswire
What Amazon’s New Deal Means For Australian Cricket
December 7, 2023 via Forbes


City slickers, Spanish kisses, failing cricketers – 10 things we learned in 2023
December 14, 2023 via The Independent
Rubio, Shaheen push for NCAA flag football programs ahead of 2028 Olympics
December 13, 2023 via The Hill
NCAA Fears ‘Unchecked Free Agency’ After Judge’s Transfer Ruling
December 13, 2023 via Sportico
Netflix Will Host Live Tennis Match Between Nadal And Alcaraz
December 11, 2023 via Forbes
Washington Commanders moving business operations out of FedEx Field
December 11, 2023 via Baltimore Business Journal
Indian-American Amit Patel swindles $22 mn from football team, buys Tesla car, Nissan pickup truck, a condo near Florida
December 8, 2023 via LiveMint Corporate News
Ex-Jaguars Exec Accused of Stealing $22 Million From Team
December 7, 2023 via Sportico

Music Biz

Apple To Favor Dolby Atmos Recordings In Royalty Change
December 14, 2023 via Radio Ink Magazine
Beyoncé Is Now Worth $800 Million
December 13, 2023 via Forbes
Exclusive: YouTube Issues Major Rule Change for Copyright Royalty Disputes — With a Possible Windfall for Established Publishers
December 8, 2023 via Digital Music News
Music-licensing startup Audiosocket hits play on effort to get more digital creators using its products
December 7, 2023 via GeekWire

Film & TV  

Amazon MGM Studios Inks Multiyear First Look Film Deal With Alan Ritchson’s AllyCat Entertainment
December 12, 2023 via Deadline

Notre Dame to Film ‘Hard Knocks’-Type Documentary for Peacock
December 7, 2023 via
Leviathan Productions Names Jared Sleisenger Vice President Of Production
December 7, 2023 via Deadline

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