Author: PlayersOnly Editors

India has reclassified competitive gaming as a professional sport, placing it in the same category as cricket, soccer, and other sports. The country’s Esports Federation made this “monumental decision” to grow its professional presence and league ambitions. This reclassification will open up sponsorship and investment opportunities for esports and it will now be overseen by India’s Department of Sports. Esports was a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games and global esports prize winnings reached $220.9 million in 2022. Indian players placed 29th among all countries with $1.6 million, while Chinese players led with $45 million in earnings. The top…

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Jaden Rashada, a highly-rated quarterback prospect in the 2023 class, has been released from his national letter of intent with the University of Florida and is now free to sign with another team, according to ESPN. The release comes after a reported $13 million name, image, and likeness package fell through. State laws in Florida prohibit universities from providing or arranging NIL compensation, so these deals are typically made through third parties. Rashada was the highest-rated signee in the Gators’ 2023 class in December, and his release makes him the highest-ranked uncommitted prospect in the class. National Signing Day is…

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LeBron James, who is no longer considered one of the top players in the NBA, has been performing exceptionally well in his 20th professional season. Despite the Los Angeles Lakers not likely making the playoffs, James has been referred to as a “beast” which has led to rumors that a sample of the Zoom LeBron 2, nicknamed “Beast”, from 2014 will be released in fall 2023. The unreleased pair, which was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the second Nike LeBron shoe, features leopard and zebra patterns on the upper, giving it a wild personality. Originally created during a…

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According to a recent report by Deloitte, a global provider of audit and insurance information, the top 20 richest football clubs in the world have been revealed. For the first time, more than half of the clubs listed are from the Premier League. Other Premier League clubs that made the list include Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal who ranked eighth, ninth, and tenth respectively. Leicester, Leeds, Everton, and Newcastle were also among the top 20. As per The Guardian, Deloitte’s assistant director, Zal Udwadia, stated that if the rankings were expanded to include the top 30, there would be 16 Premier…

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Francis Ngannou has spoken about his departure from UFC, stating that he is content with his decision and that he feels he did the right thing for himself and others. He mentioned that while money was a factor in the negotiations, there were also non-monetary demands that were not met by the company. Ngannou stated that he asked for certain rights, such as sponsorship and health insurance, but did not receive them. He also mentioned that he asked for a fighter advocate, someone who would represent the fighters in board meetings, but this was not granted. “What I’ve learned is…

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, set to take place in Australia and New Zealand, is already proving to be a success with six months to go until the tournament begins. Over 500,000 tickets have been sold, making it the most sought-after match of the tournament. The final match at Stadium Australia on August 20th is particularly popular. Additionally, the tournament’s opening match between Australia and Ireland will be moved to Accor Stadium, allowing for nearly 40,000 more people to attend. This edition of the tournament will also see the debut of five new teams, including Morocco, Zambia, the Philippines,…

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To promote the upcoming premiere of Power Slap, UFC President Dana White has outlined the rules of the world’s premier slap fighting organization. Power Slap, which is licensed and sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is led by White and will air exclusively on TBS. The competition will feature fighters from around the world competing in three-round maximum slap fights, with a coin toss determining who goes first. Each round will consist of open-handed strikes to the face, with 30 seconds allotted for preparation and recovery. Fighters must stand with their feet parallel, and defenders must stand with shoulders…

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Last night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers was the perfect microcosm of the season. Los Angeles narrowly lost, but LeBron James looked great in another historic performance. James scored 35 points and became the second player in the history of the NBA to reach 38,000 career points. True to form, James used the opportunity to elevate others. James wore the Nike LeBron 20 in a colorway honoring the Florida A&M University Rattlers. The player-exclusive colorway featured a white upper, green and orange Swoosh logos, and plenty of hand-written messages to personalize the already rare shoes. Nike…

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The San Antonio Spurs set a new NBA attendance record on Friday night, with a crowd of 68,323 people at the Alamodome for their game against the Golden State Warriors. The defending champions, Golden State, won the game 144-113. The Spurs were celebrating their 50th anniversary at their former home from 1993 to 2002. The team broke the 25-year-old single-game regular season attendance record of 62,046 people set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls vs. the Atlanta Hawks at the Georgia Dome on March 27, 1998. “I think it’s awesome. I think it’s a great way to commemorate the 50th anniversary…

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The National Hockey League (NHL) has agreed to extend its partnership with SiriusXM through the 2028-2029 season. The terms of the extension were not disclosed, but the NHL, SiriusXM, and SiriusXM Canada have confirmed that subscribers across North America will continue to have access to every NHL game during the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs, whether at home, in their cars, or via the SXM app, which offers 32 team-specific channels. For the first time, SiriusXM will produce and broadcast the exclusive national audio broadcast of the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, which will take place in Sunrise, Florida on…

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