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December 5, 2018

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The Players' Tribune acquires Unscriptd, expanding in video and around the world

TPT has now taken another step toward its goal of becoming the premier one-stop shop for athlete storytelling by acquiring sports platform Unscriptd.

What's Unscriptd?

It was founded in 2013 by a group of former Nike executives—co-founder and CEO Brent Scrimshaw had previously led Nike's European operations—and began a foray into the athlete storytelling space in 2016 with financial backing from tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

In the years since, Unscriptd has amassed a network of some 2,500 athlete users. Those athletes will now be brought under The Players' Tribune banner, greatly expanding the site's roster.

The bottom line:

TPT was particularly interested in Unscriptd's mobile app, which was built specifically to help athletes create, edit and publish short-form videos. The app streamlines the process of publishing athlete content—often in partnership with corporate sponsors—directly to social media feeds.

Read: Forbes


Alex Rodriguez launches podcast with Barstool Sports

“The Corp” will be a seven-part podcast series co-hosted by A-Rod and Dan Katz, better known as “Big Cat,” co-host of “Pardon My Take.” The new podcast will cover business success and failure.

All seven episodes will drop at once, more like a Netflix run than a weekly podcast. Guests include Kobe Bryant, “Shark Tank” personality Barbara Corcoran Fanatics founder Michael Rubin, and social media marketer Gary Vaynerchuk. Square’s Cash App is the exclusive presenting sponsor.

Read: Yahoo


Turner’s Bleacher Report sets B/R Kicks Sneaker-Fest event in NYC

Bleacher Report says it’s raking in some big dough with a new event for its B/R Kicks sneaker-culture content brand: The Drop Up, billed as a day-long festival and evening party for sneakerheads.

According to Bleacher, the B/R Kicks brand will make more money from the Drop Up event than it has in its entire existence. “We’ve built the brand for this very moment,” said Bleacher Report chief marketing officer Howard Mittman.

Read: Variety

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Startup plans to crunch data to invest in pro athletes

Home Court Capital–backed by the son of a NBA deputy commissioner and a former chief investment officer of Israel’s largest bank–will crunch data to assess pro athletes and then bet on their earnings potential.

Home Court has raised $150 million that it will put toward early-career athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB. The idea is to pinpoint individuals after their rookie years and give them millions of dollars upfront in exchange for a slice of their future salary and other revenue, say, from endorsement deals.

Read: Bloomberg


Behind-the-scenes NBA content is coming to new YouTube channel

The NBA and digital entertainment company BroadbandTV (BBTV), are launching a new YouTube channel to take viewers behind the scenes to meet their favorite NBA players and influencers. The channel is called NBA Playmakers and will feature original shows.

The new series will include “Jump Start,” a series made up of humorous conversations between players and teams of stand-out moments, and “On the Court,” featuring games and training sessions with social media influencers.

Read: Adweek

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