So the big personal news this week is that I injured my right leg pretty badly playing basketball. We have a half-court three-on-three pick up game that we usually play about twice-per-week. I’ve made it through many years without a real tweak. But the luck has run out. Going up for a rebound, I came down on a buddy’s foot and my right ankle got all kinds of messed up. I hope to be fully recovered by December 23 so that I can show off my wicked dance moves at my wedding. Otherwise, it’s been an enjoyable World Series thus far and a nice start to the NBA season despite a bleak outlook for my Miami Heat.
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This week on Forbes:
(1) Why Houston Astros Pitcher Dallas Keuchel Isn’t Sweating The Yankees;
(2) 15-0 IBL Pro Boxer Yahu Blackwell Buys Into Rita’s Italian Ice;
(3) This Week In Sports Law: Ezekiel Elliott Now In NY, Colin Kaepernick Grievance, Rick Pitino v Adidas;
(4) The Esports Observer Receives Significant Investment;
(5) The Esports Industry Is Booming — Can Blockchain Supercharge It?;
(6) What The LA Dodgers Are Investing In During The World Series
Personally, I found the article that explains the role of blockchain in the eSports industry absolutely fascinating. In case you were not already aware, put simply, blockchain is a type of technology that can allow individuals and companies to make instantaneous transactions on a network without any interference (if they are decentralized). Transactions made on blockchain are completely secure, and, by the function of the blockchain technology on which they are based, are kept as a record of what happened.
Accordingly, there are a lot of people out there that think blockchain technology has the potential to transform eSports. For example, it is no secret that eSports involves quite a few stakeholders such as players, game developers, sponsors, the media, advertisers, and team managers. These people need a comprehensive platform and blockchain can help to bring these stakeholders under one roof.
For instance, stakeholders can use a blockchain platform to manage the transfer of players, media rights, sponsorship, advertising, and several other aspects relating to eSports. Moreover, if you are curious about how to develop custom blockchain solutions, I would strongly recommend giving the article mentioned a read.
Anyway, as always, here is the weekly wrap-up:
- “Agents are always going to try to get in there to get a kid. They (can) spend $20,000 on a kid this year and they get a kid who’s a first-round draft pick one day.” [Jim Boeheim on UNC (again), players getting paid (again), his son Jimmy, his own team]
- Raymond Brothers speaking a bit about Fultz’s situation [Markelle Fultz’s Agent: Fultz’s Shoulder Is All Fucked Up And Full Of Goop].
- Acknowledged that he appears to be “Coach-3” in the FBI docs [Miami coach Jim LarraÃ±aga says he’s never had a recruit ask for money].
- Ryan McDonough thinks Bledsoe is being misguided [Suns GM: Eric Bledsoe getting â€˜bad advice’ from agent Rich Paul].
- Thompson says he jumped at opportunity after agent Greg Lawrence came up with the idea behind ‘Points with a Purpose’ [Klay Thompson’s Pledge to Fire Relief Effort ‘Goes Way Beyond Basketball’].
- William Morris Endeavor dropped him [Bill O’Reilly dropped by another talent agency].
- There will be a Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting [Dan Patrick to head broadcasting school at Full Sail].