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LeBron James has decided to leave guaranteed endorsement income on the table for a potentially much bigger piece of the pie down the road. James has decided not to renew his option with McDonald's; he will lend his name and marketing power to fast-casual pizza franchise Blaze. In 2012, James became an original investor in the parent company, which is one of the stronger players in the assembly-line pizza concept.
Neither the company nor Carter would disclose the exact stake James has in Blaze, but a source told ESPN.com that he owns more than 10 percent of the company, which is separate from his stake in Chicago and Miami franchise rights.
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“I’m so excited for this,” Young said. “It was definitely tough as a kid growing up and having to travel around the whole country (for tournaments). … The biggest things are going to be here in Norman. It’s just special.” The YFAC, which sits on a 12-acre site near the intersection of 24th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road, will reach an approximate size of 122,000 square feet by the time it opens in spring 2023.
Kurt Pegler: Basketball royalty back home in central Illinois this week. Peoria High grad and former NBA player Shaun Livingston hosting his summer camp. Washington High grad and European pro Alec Peters sharing his expertise at his camp.

July 23, 2021 | 2:01 pm EDT Update

Orlando Magic owners buy minority stake in MLS team

Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf officially became owners of Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday after completing a sale — which includes the Lions, the Pride, Exploria Stadium and an academy system — from Flávio Augusto da Silva. Mark Wilf will assume the role of chairman and governor of the club. The purchase price was not disclosed, but reports from The Athletic place the transaction at $400 million to $450 million. The new ownership group includes a familiar name. The DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, have purchased a minority stake in the soccer club from the Wilfs.