Tom Brady Rumors
Here are FTX’s sports deals so far this year: A 19-year, $135 million naming rights agreement for the Miami Heat’s home to become FTX Arena. A 10-year, $210 million naming rights agreement that changed the name of esports organization Team SoloMid to TSM FTX. No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence was signed to a multi-year, multi-million-dollar endorsement deal with Blockfolio, which is FTX’s crypto tracking and management app. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback reportedly took payment in different kinds of cryptocurrency. A multi-year deal, financial terms not disclosed, to become Major League Baseball’s official cryptocurrency exchange. Aside from the usual signage, social media presence, etc., MLB umpires will wear FTX patches on their uniforms starting with the July 13 All-Star Game. A group rights deal with MLB Players Inc. allows FTX to use player highlights in its marketing content. A deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and crypto fan Tom Brady and his wife, global supermodel Gisele Bündchen, to become “brand ambassadors” to promote FTX in exchange for an undisclosed ownership share of the company and unspecified amount of cryptocurrency.
The list also includes the value of some high profile investments like Kevin Durant’s estimated $15 million stake in Postmates, which was bought by Uber in December, Sportico reports. (It apparently doesn’t cover his big gains in Coinbase.) That said, KD’s estimated income from the period examined by Sportico is a whopping $80.1 million, $32.1 million in salary, $48 million in endorsements, sponsorships and profits from investments. That places him ninth overall, between Tom Brady and Steph Curry. Among team athletes rather than boxers, golfers and tennis players, KD ranks seventh and among NBA players second, behind only LeBron James who made an estimated $101.8 million.
Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith sat down with Tom Brady to discuss leadership principles across the world of sports and business. The co-founder and Executive Chairman of Qualtrics talked with Brady as part of the Qualtrics “WorkDifferent” series, a group of conversations between Smith and various industry leaders designed to provide solutions to help drive change within the workplace.
No wonder James called Brady “one of the GOATS.” With James, 36, trying to fulfill that description in the NBA in the middle of his 18th season, has he given any thought on if he wants to match Brady’s career longevity? “It’s very inspiring for a guy like myself. But two different sports, two different positions,” James said after the Lakers’ 119-112 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. “I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game. But the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. I have no year of ‘Do I want to play until 30 this or 40 that?’ The game will let me know when it’s time. We’ll figure it out then.”
Mark Medina: LeBron James on Tom Brady winning his 7th SuperBowl at age 43, and if 36-year-old LeBron has any goals on how more seasons he wants to play amid his 18th season. “How do I wrap my head around it? He’s one of the GOATS. I’ve been watching him my whole life, seemed like my whole life. I’ve been watching him for 20 years now or however long he’s been in the NFL. I watched him when he was with Michigan playing against the Ohio State Buckeyes. I’ve been watching him for quite a while now. To see him go out and do the things that he’s done in his career and for him to win another one yesterday in the fashion that he won, it was pretty cool. It’s very inspiring for a guy like myself.”