Sabrina Ionescu Rumors
Sapphire Sport and Canaan Partners led the round, which is set to be announced Wednesday. More than 20 athletes from across sports were also involved, including tennis phenom Naomi Osaka, football’s Patrick Mahomes and DeAndre Hopkins, and basketball stars Devin Booker, LaMelo Ball and Sabrina Ionescu.
Buzzer’s app essentially aggregates streaming rights so users can set up customized multisport alerts, get notifications and tune in to live game action for a fee starting at 99 cents for 10 minutes. Sports leagues are trying to figure out better ways to reach younger viewers who are increasingly watching sports through highlights on their phones, rather than sitting through entire games on live television.
Durant-owned Thirty Five Ventures and Sabrina Ionescu announced a partnership in which the Liberty star will be an ambassador for the company and a strategic partner. “Sabrina is a generational talent on the court, and it’s already clear that she moves different in the business world as well. We’re excited to build something special together,” Durant said. Ionescu will work with “Boardroom” on content, events and editorial, including a collaboration with Durant. She also will become a strategic partner to Thirty Five Ventures, giving her visibility and access to stakeholders and venture capital.
Endeavor, the entertainment and sports conglomerate, expanded its sports representation business Tuesday by purchasing a stake in BDA Sports Management, the firm led by the influential N.B.A. agent Bill Duffy. The partnership calls for Duffy, who represents the rising basketball stars Luka Doncic and Sabrina Ionescu, to become an adviser in the sports division of William Morris Endeavor, one of Hollywood’s major talent agencies. Duffy will continue to serve as chairman and chief operating officer of BDA Sports, which will retain its own branding and represents an estimated 130 players in the N.B.A., W.N.B.A. and professional leagues internationally.
Walnut Creek, an East Bay town of roughly 70,000 perched at the junction of two major highways, certainly doesn’t look as if it would have any real significance to basketball’s elite. But in addition to being the hometown of recent No. 1 WNBA draft pick Sabrina Ionescu and a popular workout destination of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, it is now the training hub of NBA G League Ignite — a team loaded with lottery hopefuls created in April as an alternative to college basketball. Over the past two weeks, players have trained individually at the Ultimate Fieldhouse, a 40,000-square-foot facility that boasts four courts and plenty of office space.