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In today's Sprint:
📈  Buy low, sell high
🏀  Sophomore stud
⛳️  Tiger update
Trivia: Which famous athlete owns the production company Unanimous Media?
  1. Steph Curry
  2. Alex Rodriguez
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Payton Manning

INVESTING
Athletes Go Brrr
Believe it or not, stocks can go down. But, for these guys, that doesn't seem to be the case.
LeBron James and business partner / entrepreneur Maverick Carter have done it again. The pair joined Fenway Sports Group (FSG), becoming the firm’s first Black partners.
FSG is the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC, and Roush Fenway Racing. This move adds to an already wild list of investments by LeBron and Maverick:
  • Liverpool - a 2% stake that grew from $6.5M to $43.5M (as of 2019)
  • Blaze Pizza - a less than $1M investment that became $25M+
  • Beats by Dre - as a ‘silent’ early investor, it’s unclear how much LeBron made when Apple acquired Beats for $3B
Much to the annoyance of Red Sox fans, pictures of LeBron in Yankees gear are popping up all over the internet.
KD joins the party
Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman co-founded Thirty5 Ventures in 2016. Recently, their firm has been quite busy investing in…
  • Sports collectibles platform, Goldin Auctions
  • Esports organization, Andbox
  • Alternative investing platform, Alt
  • Sports media company, Overtime
Clearly, LeBron and KD have different tastes when it comes to investments. LeBron leans toward physical products and sports teams while KD prefers tech. Either way, both have been incredibly successful.
And other athletes? Whether it’s becoming brand sponsors in return for equity (Luka Doncic), buying their own trading cards and betting on themselves (Tyrese Haliburton), or even taking minority stakes in professional sports teams (Naomi Osaka), athletes in all sports continue to creatively add to their portfolios.
Looking ahead: Long gone are the days of athletes squandering their money, and it’s fantastic to see. Expect more and more to recognize the power in their own brand and use that to both invest in themselves and companies.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
No Love
The national media has gone from all Zion all the time last year, to not a peep this year. Which is weird considering he’s been absolutely dominating during his sophomore season:
  • 25.5 points per game
  • 7.0 rebounds per game
  • 3.9 assists per game
  • 61.9% field goal percentage
To put those numbers into perspective, he’s the first player to average 25+ on 60% from the field since Shaq in 1993.
NBA
(23-16) Portland Trail Blazers 125 vs. (17-23) New Orleans Pelicans 124
  • Zion (28 pts, 8 ast) and Brandon Ingram (30 pts, 6 reb) are quickly becoming one of the best young duos in the NBA. But, down 17 with five minutes to play, Dame Lillard (50 pts, 10 ast) was having none of it.
  • After the game, Lillard gave one of the best postgame interviews we’ve heard in a while, specifically when asked how he keeps coming up clutch in the biggest moments.
(22-18) Miami Heat 113 vs. (14-25) Cleveland Cavaliers 98
  • Jarret Allen made two SportsCenter Top 10 level blocks against Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn, I would think twice before trying to posterize the Cavs big man.
(29-10) Utah Jazz 117 vs. (20-19) Boston Celtics 109
  • Donovan Mitchell got in trouble for smacking Jaylen Brown after the Celtics forward broke his ankles on the court. But Mitchell got the last laugh as the Jazz took down Boston.
NHL
(19-6-4) Washington Capitals 3 vs. (19-7-4) New York Islanders 1
  • Washington snapped the Islanders’ nine game win-streak and moved ahead of New York for the top spot in the division.
Champions League - Round of 16, Second Leg
Manchester City 2 vs. Gladbach 0
  • Man City, who have not conceded a goal since the group stage in October, qualified for their fourth straight Champions League Quarterfinal.
Real Madrid 3 vs. Atalanta 1
  • Madrid won 4-1 on aggregate to make their first Quarterfinal appearance since 2018 thanks to Karim Benzema, who scored his sixth goal in five matches.

WEDNESDAY WATCHLIST
NBA
Milwaukee Bucks (25-14) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (28-12) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
LA Clippers (26-15) vs. Dallas Mavericks (20-18) - 9:30 ET on ESPN
NHL
Philadelphia Flyers (14-9-3) vs. New York Rangers (11-12-4) - 7:30 ET on NBCSN
Edmonton Oilers (18-13-0) vs. Calgary Flames (14-12-3) - 10:00 ET on NBCSN
Champions League - Round of 16, Second Leg
Bayern Munich vs. Lazio - 4:00 ET on Paramount+
Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid - 4:00 ET on Paramount+

WATER COOLER TALK
🏀  Sister Jean, the Loyola-Chicago chaplain, unofficial mascot, and all-around superstar will travel to Indiana for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
🏀  Unanimous selections Cade Cunningham and Luka Garza headlined the stacked NCAA Men’s basketball AP All-American team.
🏈  Deshaun Watson had a lawsuit filed against him. You can read his response here.
🏈  Unable to pry Russell Wilson from Seattle, the Bears signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal as the bridge from Mitch Trubisky.
⛳️  Tiger Woods was released from the hospital and will continue his recovery at home in South Florida. “I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day,” he said.
⛳️  In other Tiger news, he partnered with 2K and will be an Executive Director on their coming golf projects.

TRIVIA ANSWER
A. Like LeBron and Kevin Durant, Steph Curry has made several business ventures since reaching the NBA. His company, Unanimous Media, reportedly inked a deal with Sony Pictures.
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