Dapper Labs

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Kash Shaikh, chairman and chief executive of startup pro baseball league Baseball United, and Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, a Baseball United owner and board member. Fisher and Russo also discuss Dan Snyder’s move to consider potential equity transactions regarding the National Football League’s Washington Commanders, the star-studded investor group for golf technology startup TMRW Sports, new investment for prominent agency Wasserman, a historic high point in North American pro teams up for sale including the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators, and business impacts from the marked decline in the market for sports-related non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
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Dapper Labs, the Canadian blockchain company behind NBA Top Shot, has announced it is laying off 22 per cent of its staff, citing the "macroeconomic environment.

League, union expand their fan engagement efforts with prominent developer

Jorge Urrutia del Pozo, vice president of football for NFT firm Dapper Labs, says the company is interested in producing digital collectibles for “many sports”, provided they enjoy a large and engaged fanbase, and outlines how the company plans to spend the $607.5m raised in nine separate funding rounds.
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Canadian blockchain company continues active run of sports-related deals

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Jordan Levin, Scientific Games executive vice president and group chief executive of digital, who recently played a key role in sale of betting technology and content operation OpenBet to Endeavor. Eric and Chris also discuss Dapper Labs’ large-scale agreement with the National Football League and NFL Players Association, funding for the newly formed Fanatics Trading Cards, continued turbulence for United States-based regional sports networks, and advancing efforts by the NFL’s Chicago Bears to develop a new stadium.
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The National Football League and National Football League Players Association have made a major move into the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem by securing a partnership with Dapper Labs, the Canadian-based…

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Sai Srinivas, co-founder and chief executive of the Mobile Premier League. Eric and Chris also discuss contrasting trends in betting sponsorships between the United Kingdom and United States, a pair of large-scale fundraising events surrounding non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain technology, and the acquisition of Serie A’s Genoa by Florida-based alternative investment firm 777 Partners.
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Canadian blockchain company more than triples its prior valuation

Spanish football's LaLiga is significantly enhancing its presence in the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem by securing a partnership with NBA Top Shot creators Dapper Labs

Blockchain-backed digital collectibles, having taken global sports industry by storm, now look to show they are not just the latest technological flash-in-the-pan. US Editor Eric Fisher reports
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In this week's episode of the SportBusiness Finance Weekly podcast, co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Mike Dee, president of sports for Pennsylvania-based multiplatform audio company Audacy, which recently rebranded from its prior identity of Entercom. Eric and Chris also discuss Endeavor's revived efforts to go public, a major fundraising round for the developer of NBA Top Shot, and DraftKings' acquisition of the Vegas Sports Information Network (VSiN).
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Large group of high-profile investors reflect surging fan interest in NFTs