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The final bids for Chelsea FC were submitted last week – and now two of the world’s best athletes enter the mix.

According to Sky Sports, 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams and seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton to have joined Sir Martin Broughton’s consortium, agreeing to invest approximately $13 million each if the group wins the auction. The team could fetch about $4 billion.

Reports suggest that private equity billionaires Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who own and run Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment – the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils – would be hold majority stake in the offer, but are expected to sell their Crystal Palace shares.

Broughton Barriers

One of the three remaining bidders is the consortium led by Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, which mentioned this week he intends to retain ownership of the club for his “life” if his candidacy is successful.

  • Pagliuca also holds a majority stake in Atalanta and would be required to sell some of its shares as UEFA rules prevent clubs controlled by a single entity from playing in the same competition.
  • However, Pagliuca mentioned he would try to create a partnership between the teams.

The third consortium is led by Todd Boehly, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakersand Sparks. He is joined by Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and property developer Jonathan Goldstein, with backing from Clearlake Capital.

Raine Group is expected to announce the winning bid this week.

The company that may have profited the most from Super Bowl LVI didn’t run a single ad.

You’re here revealed in its first-quarter earnings presentation that orders for its cars rose the day after the Feb. 13 Big Game, which featured numerous ads for the electric vehicle maker’s competitors.

  • BMW, Audi, GM, Kia, Hyundai and Polestar have all run ads promoting electric vehicle models. Wallbox, which produces charging stations for electric vehicles, also took a spot.
  • Rising orders helped Tesla release a 87% year-over-year increase in automotive revenue to $18.8 billion in the first quarter of 2022. Profits reached $3.3 billion.
  • Tesla easily beat revenue expectations by 5.1%. Shares of the company rose about 3% on Thursday after initially jumping 8%.

The moment was further validation of Tesla’s unique marketing strategy: Over its 19-year history, the company didn’t spend a single dollar on advertising.

In 2021, Tesla produced the best-selling electric vehicle in both WE (Model Y) and Europe (Model 3), each of which ranked 17th in sales among all car models.

super spend

Some advertising rates for the 2022 game, which aired on NBC, Telemundo and Peacock, hit a recording $7 million for a 30 second spot. Over 30 advertisers purchased for the first time.

NBCUniversal’s haul likely beat that of ViacomCBS, which owned the rights to the 2021 game, bringing $434.5 million.

Automotive companies were among the biggest spenders, along with entertainment and beverage companies.


The show will go on: A Miami judge has blocked an attempt by local residents to cancel the inaugural Formula 1 race at Miami Gardens.

A local group had sought an injunction on the highly anticipated contest on the grounds that noise from the event could reach damaging levels.

  • “While the burden may seem unfair to complainants, I find that any potential harm is preventableMiami-Dade circuit judge Alan Fine said.
  • He then called evidence that running could lead to hearing loss”very highly speculative.”
  • “It is not based on any current information on noise from Formula 1,” he said, adding that it “does not take into account the south wall”, referring to the noise barriers installed by the organizers of the event.

The race, the first of 10 at Miami Gardens, is scheduled for May 6-8. Fine ordered a noise monitor for the event, noting that the the trial could continue afterwards with potential consequences for future races.

The money is coming fast

In addition to noise, F1 brings an influx of people and money to the region. Event organizers wait an additional amount of 35,000 hotel reservations race weekend.

The Hard Rock Stadium is being fitted out for racing to FIA standards, while the surrounding area is getting a facelift, including a temporary 24,000 square foot beach with swimming pools and a marina with yachts in dry dock.

F1 provides $5 million in funding community benefits at Miami Gardens.

  • In The Leadoff, Netflix slams live sports, the Atlanta Braves submit a $200 million tax break request for a development, Dave Stewart leads a group eyeing an MLB team in Nashville, and Lululemon seeks to double its income in five years. Click here to listen.
  • The 2022 MLS All-Star Game will feature a match between MLS All-Stars and Liga MX All-Stars, Mexico’s top soccer league. The match is the result of a partnership between the two leagues.
  • Pat McAfee, talk show host, WWE commentator and former NFL punter, is would have in talks with Amazon to join its “Thursday Night Football” coverage. McAfee also talked about airing his “The Pat McAfee Show” on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Boston Celtics are not a star super team on a record budget, but they built the perfect defensive team for a trip to the NBA Finals. On Wednesday, the Celtics held Kevin Durant and the $174.8 million Brooklyn Nets to 15 points in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 series lead. Subscribe to Dashboard to learn more about the Celtics.


(Note: all at market close 4/21/22)

The Golden State Warriors (53-29) take on the Denver Nuggets (48-34) Thursday at the Ball Arena.

How to watch: 10 p.m. ET on TNT

Betting odds: Warriors -2 || ML-130 || O/U 223

To take: Expect the Nuggets to perform well at home. Take Denver to cover.

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