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Bitcoin hits $US40,000 for first time since May 2022 - December 4. 2023

Bitcoin topped $US40,000 as the largest digital asset extended a 2023 rebound on expectations of interest rate reductions and greater demand from the exchange-traded funds sector.

The token added as much as 2.9 per cent to reach $US40,867, taking its 2023 jump to 146 per cent. Bitcoin was last at such levels in April last year before the Terra USD stablecoin collapse that contributed to a $US2 trillion rout in digital assets.

Investors are increasingly convinced that the Federal Reserve is done with rate increases as inflation cools, turning the focus to the likely extent of cuts next year. The changed backdrop has fuelled a rally across global markets.

The crypto industry is also awaiting the outcome of applications from BlackRock to start the first US spot bitcoin ETF with some of these products expected to win approval by January.

“Bitcoin continues to be supported by optimism around SEC approval for an ETF and Fed rate cuts in 2024,” wrote Tony Sycamore, a market analyst at IG. Technical chart patterns point to $US42,330 as the next level to watch for, he added.

Bitcoin’s revival from the 2022 crypto crash has weathered a US crackdown that put Sam Bankman-Fried behind bars for fraud at FTX and handed top crypto exchange Binance and its founder, Changpeng Zhao, rap sheets and big fines.

Optimists argue the drive to curb dubious practices and the prospective ETFs signal a maturing crypto industry and the potential for a wider investor base.

Recent enforcement actions “have instilled confidence among investors”, said Su Yen Chia, co-founder of the Asia Crypto Alliance. Bitcoin “is aping momentum in traditional finance with Fed rate-hike expectations fading.”

A reset in rate bets or unexpected snarls for the ETFs could yet derail bitcoin, while some technical indicators suggest the virtual currency’s rally is stretched.

For instance, bitcoin’s weekly relative-strength index, a momentum gauge, closed above 75 for the past two weeks. Readings above 70 are viewed as signalling “overbought” conditions. At the same time, bitcoin in the past decade rose an average 15 per cent over the subsequent month after printing a weekly RSI of more than 75, data shows.

In the short term, “’long trader positioning implies that further price appreciation may be harder to come by”, crypto fund provider Grayscale wrote in a note. Still, the financial and economic backdrop is set to stay positive for digital assets, it added.

Bitcoin’s jump in 2023 has outstripped global stocks and gold. In the derivatives market, open interest recently advanced to landmark levels at the CME Group for bitcoin futures and at the Deribit platform for options on the most high-profile crypto coin.

One prop for sentiment is the so-called bitcoin halving due next year, which will cut in half the amount of tokens that bitcoin miners receive as reward for their work. The quadrennial event is part of the process of capping bitcoin supply at 21 million tokens. The coin hit records after each of the last three halvings.


Foxtel boss braces for ‘bumpy summer’ of sport without India, Poms - December 3, 2023

Foxtel boss Patrick Delany has conceded that this summer of sport will be “a bit bumpy” for the pay TV company, as lower audiences are expected for the cricket series against Pakistan and West Indies compared with drawcards such as India and England.

Foxtel, which is majority-owned by News Corp, reported just 2000 new paying subscribers to its sports platform Kayo at the end of September, compared with the previous quarter. Its total paying subscribers on Kayo, Binge and its pay-TV business fell by 77,000 to 4.58 million. Mr Delany said the next quarter would be tougher.

The challenging summer comes as Foxtel looks to introduce artificial intelligence-generated price options for customers, known as “dynamic pricing”. This tailors offers to new or existing subscribers based on a user’s viewing habits.

“The sports business is interesting because rotational churn has that seasonality to it. It depends on what sports and what’s trending at the time,” Mr Delany told the Media Partners Asia APOS summit in late September, in previously unpublished comments.

“In the sports area, it’s going to be a bit bumpy this summer. We don’t have the big teams out, we don’t have India and the Poms out ... there’ll be a bit of a churn hiccup in the next quarter.”

The major summer sports for Australian broadcasters are cricket and the Australian Open tennis. The ICC Men’s World Cup, for example, drew record audiences on Foxtel for the event – an average of 223,000, and 494,000 people for the grand final between Australia and India. There were 2.5 million streams on Kayo to see Travis Head guide Australia to victory.

Cricket involving India and England typically draws the biggest live crowds and TV audiences. This year, the Australian men’s cricket team plays the West Indies and then Pakistan starting on December 14; the women’s team will play South Africa from late January.

In its latest corporate filings, Foxtel reported its content costs jumped by $114 million to $1.5 billion for the 12 months to June 30. In the next couple of years, however, there will be even bigger obligations under new sports rights contracts.

Foxtel has tied up Australian cricket and AFL until 2031. Its new cricket deal will cost it almost $140 million a year and begins from the 2024-25 season until 2030-31. Late last year, Foxtel and Seven signed a $4.5 billion broadcast deal with the AFL.

At the global media event, Mr Delany said the company had learnt “extreme cost discipline”. “We’ve got pretty good at that,” he said. Foxtel cut more than 250 staff over the past year, reporting a workforce of 1558 at the end of the 2023 financial year compared with more than 1800 the year before.

It would also continue to leverage its 1.5 million residential and commercial set-top box customers for as long as it can, “squeezing” them for revenue.

“We haven’t been running it for subscribers numbers for a long time,” Mr Delany said. “It, by and large, is older Australians that are wealthy… we’ll continue to squeeze as much revenue out as possible.”

The company recently unveiled Hubbl, its new puck product that will bundle multiple streaming services into a single bill. Mr Delany has become chief executive of both Foxtel Group and Hubbl.

News Corp global chief financial officer, Susan Pannuccio, told analysts last month that Foxtel expected “modestly higher expenses” for the 2024 financial year driven by sports rights and costs associated with launching Hubbl.

It will create offers for customers depending on their propensity to pay. “We’ll introduce dynamic pricing using AI into the winter of next season, which should go well,” he told the global media summit.

The company has been hiring pricing, yield and AI specialists to “optimise performance of 1:1 personalised dynamic pricing”.

Elon Musk stuns crowd with blunt message: ‘Go f**k yourself’ - November 30, 2023

Billionaire Elon Musk stunned a live audience with his bombshell message to advertisers who left the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Elon Musk had some harsh words for advertisers fleeing platform X.

“Go f**k yourself,” Musk, owner of X, said during a Wednesday afternoon appearance at The New York Times DealBook Summit.

As reported by Fox Business, Musk made the comment while being interviewed by Andrew Ross Sorkin, speaking about the current advertiser boycott of the social platform.

“What this advertising boycott is going to do is, it is going to kill the company,” Musk said.

“And the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company.”

Musk also appeared to take a shot at Disney CEO Bob Iger, who had earlier discussed Disney pulling advertising from the platform.

“Don’t advertise. If someone is going to try and blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go f**k yourself,” Musk said, adding: “Go f**k yourself, is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience. That’s how I feel, don’t advertise.”

The CEO of X, Linda Yaccarino, appointed by Musk, observed the interview from the front row “stone-faced”, The Hollywood Reporter said.

And, of course, the internet responded swiftly, with varying opinions on Musk’s remarks, including support for his unfiltered approach and criticism for potential damage to his reputation and companies.

Most notable of the responses came from English broadcaster Piers Morgan, who tweeted: “Brilliant …”

Another user asked, “Can you blame the guy? Never catches a break, calls for peace and is told he’s pro-Russian.

“Wants to save the world, get humans in space, and cement free speech …

“Yet he’s still pulled apart and his motives questioned, pretty hilarious. Legend imo”

But another suggested, “he needs to stop replying to comments from people making racist statements and legitimising them while making wild conspiracy-like comments”.

And another user asked bluntly: “he’s got to be high, right?”

Musk apologised for endorsing a social media post widely seen as anti-Semitic, describing it as “literally the worst and dumbest post that I’ve ever done”.

In a comment on X, formerly Twitter, Musk on November 15 called a post “the actual truth” that said Jewish communities advocated a “dialectical hatred against whites,” which was criticised as echoing longtime conspiracy theory among White supremacists.

The statement prompted a flood of departures from X of major advertisers, including Apple, Disney, Comcast and IBM who criticised Musk for anti-Semitism.

“I’m sorry for that tweet or post,” Musk said Wednesday. “It was foolish of me.”

He told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin that his post had been misinterpreted and that he had sought to clarify the remark in subsequent posts to the thread.

Musk, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israel earlier this week, insisted in the interview that he holds no discrimination against Jews, calling himself “philo-Semitic,” or an admirer of Judaism.

uring the interview, Musk wore a necklace given to him by a parent of an Israeli hostage taken in the Hamas attack on October 7.

The necklace reads, “Bring Them Home.” Musk told Sorkin that the Israel trip had been planned earlier and was not an “apology tour” related to the controversial tweet.

— with AFP, Fox Business

WWE News

Pro Wrestling

WWE @WWE breaks all-time Survivor Series records for viewership, gate and merchandise sales

STAMFORD, Conn., November 28, 2023 – 

WWE announced that Survivor Series, which emanated from Allstate Arena in Chicago, set new records for the highest viewership, largest gate and best merchandise sales in the event’s 37-year history.

Viewership for Survivor Series was up 44 percent versus the previous record set in 2022. With 17,138 in attendance, the event broke the previous Survivor Series gate record set in Brooklyn in 2021.

In partnership with Fanatics, Survivor Series broke the premium live event’s all-time merchandise record. Sponsorship revenue was up 24 percent versus 2022.

In addition, the surprise return of CM Punk after nearly a decade away from WWE further drove massive digital engagement. Punk’s comeback moment has more than 71 million views across all platforms, making it the most social post in company history.

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CM Punk IS BACK! See the epic Survivor Series return: Survivor Series: WarGames 2023 highlights

(Source: WWE)

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Wrestler CM Punk's return helps WWE crush social media record - Novemeber 28, 2023

WWE crushed its social media record over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with the return of wrestler CM Punk at Survivor Series garnering more than 71 million views across all of the sports entertainment company's platforms.

Survivor Series, a premium live event that's been held for 37 years, took place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on Saturday. While WWE's fervent fans had been talking about the possibility of CM Punk returning to the organization for weeks, his appearance at the WWE event after nearly a decade away from the company surprised nearly everyone, and many took to social media to talk about it.

WWE said Tuesday that the comeback moment has more than 71 million views across all platforms, making it the biggest social post in company history. The previous record was a handheld video last year from Logan Paul as he jumped from the ropes during a match. That video garnered more than 40 million views across Paul's and WWE's social platforms in less than 24 hours.

WWE, which is part of TKO Group Holdings, said that Survivor Series' sponsorship revenue climbed 24% from a year earlier. Viewership increased 44%, eclipsing the record set last year. There were 17,138 people in attendance for the event, breaking the record set in Brooklyn in 2021.

Earlier this month, WWE announced that it is collaborating with the Big 12 for the conference's championship game Saturday as the company further strengthens ties with outside sports organizations.

As part of the partnership, the game's most outstanding player will receive a custom-made WWE championship title belt, and a co-branded WWE X Big 12 logo will appear throughout the stadium and on the field. The Big 12 Conference and WWE will also collaborate on a Big 12 championship merchandise line, which will be available online and at the stadium's team stores.

The Dr. Pepper Big 12 championship will be held Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

WWE breaks all-time Survivor Series records for viewership, gate and merchandise sales

STAMFORD, Conn., November 28, 2023 – WWE announced that Survivor Series, which emanated from Allstate Arena in Chicago, set new records for the highest viewership, largest gate and best merchandise sales in the event’s 37-year history.

Viewership for Survivor Series was up 44 percent versus the previous record set in 2022. With 17,138 in attendance, the event broke the previous Survivor Series gate record set in Brooklyn in 2021. 

In partnership with Fanatics, Survivor Series broke the premium live event’s all-time merchandise record. Sponsorship revenue was up 24 percent versus 2022. 

In addition, the surprise return of CM Punk after nearly a decade away from WWE further drove massive digital engagement. Punk’s comeback moment has more than 71 million views across all platforms, making it the most social post in company history.

Pro Wrestling


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Ilja Dragunov vs. Nathan Frazer: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Eddy Thorpe vs. Bron Breakker - Iron Survivor Qualifying Match: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Breakker is one step closer to becoming a three-time NXT Champion: WWE NXT exclusive, Nov. 28, 2023

Brooks Jensen vs. Lexis King: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Kelani Jordan vs. Kiana James - Iron Survivor Qualifying Match: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Tony D & Stacks retain the NXT Tag Team Titles: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Andre Chase addresses the allegations against Chase U: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Alpha Academy challenge The Meta-Four: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

Roxanne Perez and Kiana James come to blows backstage: WWE NXT highlights, Nov. 28, 2023

NXT Commentators: Vic Joseph and Booker T

Media Man: Solid thumbs up. Standouts include Lexis King, Bron Breakker, Eddy Thorpe and The Family. King and Breakker sure look like future champions. Very good storytelling and in-ring action.

#WWENXT #NXTDeadline #IronSurvivor #BronBreakker #Dog #EddyThorpe #LexisKing #King #BrooksJensen #IljaDragunov #NathanFrazer #TheFamily #TonyD #Stacks #ChaseU #highlights #moments #videos #TB #prowrestling #wrestling #USANetwork #combatsports #entertainment #popculture #broadcast #broadcasting  #trends #trending #buzz #media 

Image credit: WWE NXT

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Wes Lee vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Bronson Reed: WWE NXT, Nov. 28, 2023

"The NXT Universe showing their love for all these former North American champions, and that Dominik we do have to thank you for"... Vic Joseph @VicJosephWWE 

"Oh Yeah". You know what I would say on that..Great scot. Oh, Yes. I love this big man, Bronson Reed" Booker T @BookerT5x 

"Johnny Wrestling" - NXT fans

"And Bronson Reed is becoming a one man wrecking crew here in this NXT main event" Vic Joseph

"Seek, destory, conquer...finally the big man's down" Vic Joseph

From what I remember, I've beaten Wes Lee already. Mummi gave me a little bit of extra lunch money" Dominik Mysterio @DomMysterio35

"If that happened to you Mummi wouldn't be very happy would she" Vic Joseph

"Even you have to admit the courage of Wes Lee" VJ

"He's just lucky, definitely lucky" DM

"He's like a little rabbit..haslike a little rabbits foot on him" DM

#WWENXT #Fatal4Way #NXTDeadline #MainEvent #WesLee #JohnnyGargano #CameronGrimes #BronsonReed #Aussie #AussieDestroyer #AussieTsunami #DominikMysterio #DirtyDom #prowrestling #wrestling #combatsports #video #highlights #moments #entertainment #popculture #broadcast #broadcasting #USANetwork #NorthAmerica #NorthAmerican #NXTNorthAmerican #trend #trends #buzz #TV #media 

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Pro Wrestling 

via All Elite Wrestling @AEW Official YouTube Channel 

Will AEW World & ROH Tag champ MJF seal his legacy at World’s End vs Joe? 11/29/23

After last week’s violent confrontation, Wardlow takes on AR Fox! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

HUGE 2nd round match-up between two front-runners! Strickland vs Jay White! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

The Patriarch Christian Cage responds to Adam Copeland’s challenge! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

TBS Champion, Julia Hart, takes on Emi Sakura in a House Rules match-up! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Dante Martin returns to Top Flight to take on the Hardys & Brother Zay! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Who scored his first AEW Continental Classic points? Briscoe or Rush? | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Round 2 UNDERWAY! Continental Classic rolls on as Moxley takes on Lethal! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

The Icon Sting & Ric Flair announce where Revolution will be held! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Week 2 of the Continental Classic Heats Up! | AEW Control Center: Minneapolis, 11/29/23

#AEWDynamite #MJF #SamoaJoe #AEWWorldsEnd #RicFlair #Sting #ChristianCage #AdamCopeland #RRatedSuperstar #JonMoxley #JayLethal #TheHardys #TopFlight #SwerveStrickland #JayWhite #JuliaHart #EmiSakura #prowrestling #wrestling #entertainment #popculture #broadcast #broadcasting #trends #trending #TrendingNow #buzz #TV #media   

Media Man says "Strong thumbs up. Loving the never say die attitude by AEW. Strong leadership behind the scenes by Chris Jericho and great enthusiam by vets String and Ric Flair. Keep up the good fight!"

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Pro Wrestling Ratings

WWE @WWE RAW by the Numbers

Peak viewership for WWE RAW

Opening segment between Randy Orton and Rhea Ripley (of Judgement Day) 

2,058,000 viewers (commercial-free hour)

CM Punk in-ring promo at the conclusion of the red hot pro wrestling aka sports entertainment themed show. Witnessed 1,768,000 viewers tune in.  

WWE lead announcer Michael Cole @MichaelCole is blessed to have so much great talent and stories to work with at present. After decades behind the mic Cole is finally getting more credit to the great job he does every week, some in front of camera, and some behind the scenes.

At the very end of Punk's promo his last words were "I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to make money".

That quote can be taken with a viewers/readers own interpretation ala "interpretative art", as wrestling legend John Cena calls his Instagram posts! Needless to say that WWE's social media accounts have been on fire since Survivor Series with the WWE putting the news into the public domain. The news summary can be located on the WWE website in the news section.

Media Man: Pro wrestling history shows us that reality based interviews, promos, feuds and the like more often than not are the most successful for ratings, buzz, attracting new viewers, fighting for eyeballs, merch and so on. So far it appears that WWE has hit a home-run with CM Punk. At this rate more record breaking numbers are likely on the way. It sure feels like WrestleMania @WrestleMania Season has arrived early.


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FULL SEGMENT – CM Punk returns to Raw for the first time in nearly 10 years: Raw, Nov. 27, 2023

Randy Orton tells Rhea Ripley that Daddy's Home

Logan Paul looks for his first challenger: SmackDown sneak peek

PS: WWE SmackDown in less than 24 hours. Fellow ratings grabber Logan Paul @LoganPaul is booked and considering his next potential challengers! More dream matches on the way. In the WWE the story never ends as Triple H has pointed out numerous times over the years. 

Sources: Wrestlenomics, Figure 4, Wires, X (formally Twitter)

#WWERaw #SmackDown #CMPunk #BestInTheWorld #RandyOrton #TheViper #RKO #LoganPaul #TheMaverick #Maverick #MichaelCole #CoreyGraves #WadeBarrett #NickKhan #WrestleMania #prowrestling #wrestling #sportsentertainment #popculture #entertainment #showbiz #broadcast #broadcasting #socialmedia #trend #trends #buzz #media 

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Sports Models Of The Month (Media Man Int)

Home grown Aussie beats Pro Wrestling and UFC @UFC connections!


Alexa Towersey

Jade Cargill 

Alexis Kaufman

Brittney Palmer


Alexa Towersey

#sportsmodels #sportsmodel #modelofthemonth #modelsofthemonth #AlexaTowersey #JadeCargill #AlexisKaufman #BrittneyPalmer #UFC #AmandaSaccomanno #sportsbiz #sportsbusiness #sportsmarketing #fashion #Aussie #popculture #entertainment #trend #trends #buzz #media #mediaman

Image credit: Alexa Towersey

Advertisers, agencies, content creators and buyers flock to Media Man website network to place ads in niche and industry specific realm (Media Man Int)

#advertising #adagency #content #contentnews #contentmarketing #contrentcreators #contentcreation #advertisingexec #advertisers #advertisingnews #adnews #agent #sportsagent #mediaagent #network #networking #niche #nichenews #nicheadvertising #nichemarketing #onlinenews #onlinebiz #biz #GregTingle #trends #buzz #media #mediaman #mediamanint 

Disruptors Of The Month (Media Man Int)

Peter Thiel wins Media Man 'Entrepreneur Of The Month' award

Runner-Ups: Elon Musk, MrBeast and Logan Paul

#disruptorsofthemonth #disruptorofthemonth #disruptor #disruptors #PeterThiel #ElonMusk #MrBeast #JimmyDonaldson #LoganPaul #Maverick #TheMaverick #Prime #Entrepreneur #entrepreneurs #biznews #biz #cafenews #watercooler #trends #mediaforgood #X #Xnews #mediabiz #media #mediaman #mediamanint 

Niche media, marketing and media campaigns the way to go, says Media Man agency (Media Man Int)

#nichemedia #nichemarketing #nichenews #nichecontent #creative #content #creative #creativity #ads #adnews #adbiz #creativeadvertising #creativewriting #copy #onlinenews #onlinecontent #campaigns #agency #agencies #buzz #GregTiingle #media #mediaman 

Combat Sports News

UFC champ Sean Strickland holds alleged domestic violence suspect at gun point

UFC @UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland has held an alleged perpetrator at gun point after he attempted to hide out at his house.

An alleged domestic violence perpetrator picked the wrong home at which to try to hide out.

UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland posted a video on his Instagram page in which the alleged suspect sought to hide out at his house after apparently trying to outrun club security — and Strickland held the man at gunpoint, the NY Post reports.

“Here’s what I know….,” Strickland’s explanation of the event began.

“The guy was drunk stomping out a girl, a security guard seen it, he jumped in his car and drove off. Security followed him, hit a curb, completely shredded his tire, drove on the rim for awhile then jumped out and tried to hide at my house. I initially thought he was stealing my car..”

Strickland added that the suspect was arrested.

It’s unclear where the incident took place.

In a major upset at UFC 293 in September, Strickland defeated Israel Adesanya via decision to become the promotion’s middleweight champion.

Dana White immediately announced after the fight that Strickland and Adesanya would have a rematch.

In his professional MMA career, which began in 2008, Strickland has a 28-5 record.

Believe it or not, Strickland is not the first UFC fighter to point a gun at an alleged home intruder, as Jon Jones chased an alleged attempted car thief away from his home with a shotgun in 2020.

Last year, UFC welterweight fighter Kevin Holland spoke to The Post about thwarting a gunman at a sushi restaurant in Houston.

Holland said that he initially thought the gunshot was a champagne pop.

“As I go to turn around and look, I see one of the employees and some other people running with a look of biblical fear on their face,” Holland said.

“And as they’re running, I call my uncle Patrick Robinson and pulled him down. People were running everywhere. I looked over on the right side of the bar and noticed two guys wrestling with a gun.

“Then I get up, start running that way. I picked up a chair. I was going to smack the guy with a chair but I couldn’t see exactly which person it was. I put the chair down, and realised the person on the bottom was the shooter. I helped the guy pull the gun free, and pulled the guy back into my lap, hit him with a rear-naked choke, and choked him to sleep.”


Chael Sonnen Official YouTube

Sean Strickland’s Most Important Fight...

Michael Bisping Official YouTube

BISPING reacts: Sean Strickland HOLDS MAN at GUNPOINT | UFC 297 Strickland v Du Plessis Preview

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Sean Strickland Official YouTube

Dricus is Tougher Fight Than Chimaev | Sean Strickland Fight Camp UFC 297 Strickland vs Du Plessis

UFC Official YouTube

Sean Strickland Octagon Interview | UFC 293

Rise of Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland is ONE OF A KIND when it comes to his trash talk

#seanstrickland #UFC #Tarzan #MMA #combatsports #citizensarrest #hero #sportsnews #popculture #USA #trends #trending #buzz #NYPost #videos #YT #newsmedia #sportsmedia #X #media 

(Sources: New York Post, Wires, X)

Financial Review remains Australia’s most-read premium business title

The Australian Financial Review is the country’s most read premium business masthead, with a cross-platform readership of 3.4 million people, according to Total News readership figures released by Roy Morgan on Monday.

In the last four weeks, 1.1 million people read a print edition of the Financial Review, with the masthead holding steady year-on-year after experiencing four consecutive quarters of growth. Meanwhile, The Australian has dropped 16 per cent for the same period.

The Monday-to-Friday print edition recorded massive annual growth of 31 per cent year-on-year, for an average issue readership of 244,000, while the AFR Weekend Saturday print edition has a readership of 190,000, posting annual growth of 35 per cent.

Highlighting the strength of the Financial Review’s digital offering, nearly 75 per cent of AFR readers – 2.1 million people – engage with the masthead’s online publication. This puts the publication third behind only The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The Australian Financial Review Magazine continues to dominate Australia’s monthly magazine insert figures, with a print readership of 498,000, which has seen quarterly growth of 1 per cent – its fourth consecutive quarter of growth – and annual growth of 22 per cent. This is the highest quarterly growth result since December 2018.

Nine’s Total Publishing assets reach a de-duplicated audience of 16.3 million Australians across print and digital.

Financial Review editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury said the quarterly growth in the masthead’s total readership matched the new benchmarks being hit for the masthead’s retail subscriptions and the exceptional growth in its number of corporate subscribers.

“This is all driven by the exceptional journalism of the Financial Review newsroom, highlighted by last week’s Gold Walkley award for Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros for their PwC investigation over the past year,” Stutchbury said.

The Total News readership figures are produced by Roy Morgan for ThinkNewsBrands.

(Source: The Australian Financial Review)

#FinancialReview #AFR #newspaper #newspapers #masterhead #readership #magazines #RoyMorgan #RoyMorganResearch #ThinkNewsBrands #newsmedia #media #mediaman 

VIX drop: stocks collapse or boring growth ahead?

Financial market volatility has plunged to its lowest level in almost four years, according to the VIX index. This so-called "fear index" fell to 12.45 on Friday, the lowest level since January 2020. Such low levels could be both a sign of the market entering a smooth bullish trend or a lull before a sharp decline.

Low VIX values indicate weak expected market volatility in the coming months.

Sometimes, such market signals should be perceived as overconfidence by investors. And then, the calm is followed by a storm wave, knocking down everything in its path. The peak of overconfidence is usually followed by bitter disappointment in the form of a painful sell-off in stocks.

This can be a period of quiet growth in stocks. And while bears should be prepared for a reversal in stocks, they should not be in a hurry to make a quick bet on it because a rally in stocks can take an indefinitely long time while the VIX is at such low levels.

The VIX has spent most of June and July this year in the range between 13 and 14, and the S&P500 has added nearly 7.5% during that time. The S&P500 gained twice as much between October 2019 and January 2020, when we saw similar or lower VIX levels. Moreover, the VIX spent all of 2017 and early 2018 mostly below 12, dipping to 9.5 at times, and this was also a period of smooth, persistent 27% gains for the S&P500.

Thus, stocks are now close to a point where there could be both a painful switch into risk-off mode and the start of a long and boring uptrend for speculators.

In the short term, we see more bearish signals for the market as the last upside momentum in equities was extremely sharp. It looks like the market driver was closing shorts rather than building long positions. A similar amplitude rally in equities has been a sign of a reversal to growth in recent years with monetary easing, but now the pause is more of what the markets are hoping for, but the Fed is not confirming those hopes.

Source: Alex Kuptsikevich, the FxPro senior market analyst. 

#VIX #vixindex #markets #FinancialMarkets #currency #finnews #fintech #news #newsmedia #media #mediaman 

Full Send Podcast wins Media Man 'News Podcast Of The Month' award

UFC's Dana White gets Full Send @fullsendpodcast  and Nelk Boys crew over the line for the victory

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Dana White on Dillon Danis Fighting in the UFC and Kyle’s UFC Date!

Jake Paul Gets Real About Logan Paul, Dillon Danis, KSI & Offers the NELK BOYS a Fight Contract!

The UFC Fight Week SPECIAL with Khamzat, Volkanovski, and Usman!

#FullSend #FullSendPodcast #DanaWhite #UFC #NelkBoys #MMA #mixedmartialarts #combatsports #sportsnews #popculture #podcastofthemonth #podcasters #podcastnews #society #socialmedia #trend #trends #buzz #news #newsmedia #media 

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"This is where I belong. This is home and I've been gone for ten years and over ten years you people never forgot me even when maybe I wanted to forget me." - CM Punk @CMPunk #CMPunk #quote #quotes #WWE #WWERaw #SurvivorSeries #prowrestling #wrestling #popculture #trends #media 

“I’m not going to waste any more breath on anyone who has been gone for eight years, has done nothing but try to tear this place down. I want to use my breath to talk about the people who worked to make WWE the hottest ticket in town.” - Seth Rollins, WWE @WWE Champion on CM Punk 

#SethRollins #quote #CMPunk #WWE #SurvivorSeries #WWERaw #prowrestling #wrestling #legend #legends #media 

Pro Wrestling

Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton connection

"At the end of the match, Randy said to me, 'Thanks for the phone call.' And I wanted to tell him 'Thanks for my career.' I keep thinking this is going to end and I couldn't have gotten to where I got had I not been around Randy. Randy is so wild and chaotic and you hear all these funny stories about him and all this nonsense, but as a performer, a professional wrestler, WWE superstar. What an outstanding mentor he was to me truly.

I'll never forget standing in the ring at the Royal Rumble when he won, pointing at the star WrestleMania sign and just thinking, 'I want to be like him.' That's [as] nice as I'm gonna get about [him]. I was really touched.

"I think a lot of emotions tonight because my father-in-law, he's in the hospital. Michael Cole shouted him out on commentary, I really appreciate that. Otis has been the biggest fan. We love Otis and I want him to get better and all those things.

So I was thinking about that. I was thinking about Randy and of course, cage opens up and I walk out. For the first time in the day, everyone else is thinking, for the first time in the day I think 'Ah, this is my dad's match.' Charmed life you guys have given me. I'm very lucky."


Survivor Series Press Conference

Cody Rhodes is excited to see CM Punk: Survivor Series: WarGames Press Conference highlights

Randy Orton hits a thunderous RKO on JD McDonagh: Survivor Series: WarGames 2023 highlights

Randy Orton hits HUGE RKO to defeat “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio: Raw highlights, Nov. 27, 2023

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Pro Wrestling

National Wrestling Alliance @NWA via

NWA Official YouTube Channel

NWA Powerrr | Ep 135 | Old Friends & Silver Bells

Three Champions Meet A New Challenger

Did The NEW Spectacular Make The Difference?

Media Man: Great show. The former champ Tim Storm is back! Storm is a major foundation of the modern NWA. This development can only lure more top line talent to the world's oldest and more storied pro wrestling promotion. Storm, The CW app deal, who or what is next?! Storm's bios are going to need updating again soon with more gold likely in the future!

Tim Storm (Wikipedia)

NWA Magazine (via NWA Official website)

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#NWAPowerrr #NWA #NationalWrestlingAlliance #TimStorm #PaulBurchill #TrevorMurdoch #JaxDane #prowrestling #wrestling #entertainment #popculture #showbiz #broadcast #broadcasting #trend #buzz #media 

Pro Wrestling

IMPACT Wrestling @MPACTWRESTLING  x AAA @luchalibreaaa Ultra Clash

November 26, 2023

Showcenter Complex in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Bebote Valdez, Granada & Mafioso def Epydemius, The Mummy & Ultra

Chris Sabin & Trinity def Chik Tormenta & Dinamico

NGD (Forastero & Sanson) def Arez & Frankie Kazarian - AAA World Tag Team Championship

Jordynne Grace & Sexy Star def Deonna Purrazzo & Maravilla

Myzteziz Jr. def Eddie Edwards & Latigo

Laredo Kid & Tommy Dreamer def Brian Myers & Taurus

Moose & Toxin def Josh Alexander & Octagon Jr.

The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) & El Hijo del Vikingo def Los Vipers (Latigo & Toxin) & Trey Miguel

Impact Wrestling Official YouTube

Lucha Libre AAA Official YouTube


GUERRA DE TITANES 2023 Parte 1 | Lucha Libre AAA

#AAAUltraClash #UltraClash #AAA #LuchaLibreAAA #ImpactWrestling #TNA #Moose #Toxin #JoshAlexander #OctagonJr #AlexShelley 

#ChrisSabin #ElHijo #Vikingo #LosVipers #Latigo 

#TreyMiguel #lucha #luchalibre #prowrestling #wrestling #entertainment #popculture #showbiz #video #YT #Mexico #trends #media 

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Mixed Martial Arts Animation Art!

Award winning Mojahed Fudailat continues to wow and entertain combat sports and creative arts lovers

Mojahed Fudailat Official YouTube Channel

Conor showing Khabib his black belt

Dustin steals Conor from Chandler UFC 300

Khamzat wants Pereira but Jiri steps in

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#MojahedFudailat #MMA #MMAart #MMAartist #UFC #animation #animationart #animationartist #mixedmartialarts #combatsports #sportsart #popculture #legends #creative #creativearts #YT #media

Pro Wrestling

AEW @AEW Worlds End is the All Elite Wrestling premium event for December 2023.

This is AEW's first Worlds End branded AEW event and will be eventful and one for the ages.

AEW Worlds End is scheduled for Saturday, December 30. 

The event eminates from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. 

It was announced on October 25, and ticket sales commenced on November 3.

Broadcast globally via FITE @FiteTV and others. Check the official AEW website for further information.

AEW World Champion MJF has commited to the big event with "I just got an MRI. I tore my labrum in my left shoulder. I’ll be defending my title at worlds end. I believe in AEW."

Matches announced thus far:

MJF vs Samoa Joe

Championship Final of the AEW Continental Classic tournament for the inaugural Triple Crown

Championship – ROH World Championship

NJPW Strong Openweight Championship, and the AEW Continental Championship

Might this be the last AEW event for one of more major All Elite Wrestling contracted performers? The end of the road some some and perhaps a new beginning for others. You want want to miss this fans.


AEW YouTube

Will AEW World & ROH Tag champ MJF seal his legacy at World’s End vs Joe? | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Rated-R Superstar Adam Copeland challenges former best friend Christian Cage to a match! | 11/25/23

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#MJF #SamoaJoe #prowrestling #wrestling #FITE #PPV #combatsports #entertainment #popculture #livesports #liveentertainment #trends #trending #buzz #media 

Pro Wrestling

WWE NXT @WWENXT via WWE @WWE YouTube Channel

Top 10 WWE NXT moments: WWE Top 10, Nov. 28, 2023

"And Dragunov again, hoisting Frazer up. Planting him with a powerbom" Vic Joseph @VicJosephWWE 

10. Bell Boy. "That's what this thing is all about" Booker T @BookerT5x 

"Of course it could be Karmen Petrovic's career for the NXT Women's champion, Lyra Valkyria who said every woman poses a threat. Did he just take the ring bell? What's Joe Gacy doing with the ring bell"? VC

#WWENXT #NXTDeadline #IljaDragunov #NathanFrazer #KarmenPetrovic #AriannaGrace #JoeGacy #KelaniJordan #KianaJames #LexisKing #King #WesLee #DominkMysterio #prowrestling #wrestling #USANetwork #moments #highlights #top10 #entertainment #popculture #YT #trend #trends #video #broadcast #buzz #TV #media 

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WWE LinkedIn

Social Media buzz. Jeff X and assoc

We were watching live and starting Tweeting via X immeditely. Our main Twiter/X numbers went up by about triple at the end of War Games and during the WWE Raw broadcast. Punk certainly brings the X factor, numbers, eyeballs etc. Our CM Punk dream matches posts continue to go up via X. The gist that keeps on giving you may say. "The Wiseman" link and up and coming angle has been noted. More records likely to tumble when Punk faces Rollins, and most likely and finally, Roman Reigns. WrestleMania Season is starting early thanks to a kick-start with Punk. Great teamwork all, with specially mention to Triple H and Nick Khan. Need to know basis : ) 

Princess Cruises Goes "All-In" With Its Largest Casino Ever Debuting on New Sun Princess

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 28, 2023 - 

The largest casino ever built by Princess Cruises is readying to deal a full house of luck on the next-generation, 4,300-guest Sun Princess. The Princess Casino – with an astounding 50% more space and 30% more machines than the line's Royal Class ships – is preparing for guests to hit the jackpot when its newest and most magnificent cruise ship ever, Sun Princess, sets sail in February 2024.

Located on deck 8 adjacent to the bustling Piazza, the Princess Casino offers high ceilings and a spacious floorplan for world-class gaming comfort and entertainment. There will even be several gaming positions infused into in the Piazza, giving guests even easier and faster access to their favorite betting games.

With over 200 of the newest and most popular slots and video poker games, the Princess Casino will feature live table games offering progressive jackpots, as well as a variety of other games Princess players have come to enjoy. Included in the expanded casino will be a first-of-its-kind "Buffalo Zone" at sea – bringing these popular games by Aristocrat to the newest "Love Boat."

"Casino lovers, high rollers or simply those wanting to try a hand during their vacation will be stunned by the new Princess Casino onboard Sun Princess," said John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises. "Princess has embraced the casino experience and is proud to offer such exciting gaming surrounded by absolutely world-class dining and entertainment."

Princess Casino Key Enhancements Onboard Sun Princess

Nearly 9,000 square feet, featuring 10' ceilings, 227 slot machines and 13 live tables

Newest and the most comfortable gaming seating available for both slot and table game players

New linked blackjack and poker table progressives, offering high value cash top awards

High-limit slot area, with high-end seating

New gaming experiences and celebrations through an interactive audio-visual experience throughout the casino

Scheduled to debut in February 2024, Sun Princess is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The 175,500-ton, 4,300-guest Sun Princess will offer an array of exciting new entertainment and culinary offerings, as well as luxurious staterooms and suites across a broad spectrum of categories. With the most balconies and sun decks on any Princess ship, guests can take in the sunshine and crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and Caribbean from the comfort of their stateroom.

Inaugural 2024 Sun Princess cruises to the Mediterranean, Europe and Caribbean are on sale now. More ship information and images can be found at

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting

About Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is The Love Boat, the world's most iconic cruise brand that delivers dream vacations to millions of guests every year in the most sought-after destinations on the largest ships that offer elite service personalization and simplicity customary of small, yacht-class ships. Well-appointed staterooms, world class dining, grand performances, award-winning casinos and entertainment, luxurious spas, imaginative experiences and boundless activities blend with exclusive Princess MedallionClass service to create meaningful connections and unforgettable moments in the most incredible settings in the world - the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica, and World Cruises. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc 

SOURCE Princess Cruises

#PrincessCruises #PrincessCasino #cruiseship #cruiseships #LoveBoat #casino #casinonews #gamingnews #lifestyle #lifestylenews #holidays #tourism #tourismnews #oceantravel #holiday #media #mediaman 

Casino And Sports Connection

Las Vegas and Texas connection

Miriam Adelson buys $2 billion stake in NBA Dallas Mavericks

Las Vegas Sands casino controlling shareholder Miriam Adelson is reportedly selling a $2 billion stake in the company to buy the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"We have been advised by the selling stockholders that they currently intend to use the net proceeds from this offering, along with additional cash on hand, to fund the purchase of a majority interest in a professional sports franchise pursuant to a binding purchase agreement, subject to customary league approvals," the Sands said in the filing.

While the SEC filing did not name the Mavericks as the purchase target, Sportico reported the Adelson family was buying a majority stake in the team but that owner Mark Cuban would continue to retain operational control of it. The Dallas Morning News also reported the story.

The stock sale will reduce Adelson's stake in the casino company by 4%. Miriam Adelson is the widow Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson who died in 2021. She has had no corporate involvement in the company but her son-in-law Patrick Dumont is president of the Sands and a member of the company's board of directors.

Adelson, 78, is the widow of Sheldon Adelson, the founder of Las Vegas Sands who died in 2021. She has no role with the corporate side of the company, but through a trust and her personal shares, she controls 56.4% of the Sands. Miriam Adelson is ranked at No. 24 on the Forbes 400 with a net worth of $32.3 billion.

She has cut back on her husband's political donations. When he was alive, Sheldon Adelson was among the GOP's largest donors, although Miriam Adelson has met with presidential hopeful Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump, the front runner in next year's election.

Las Vegas, long considered a prime market for professional sports, has added a handful of teams and high profile events to the city in recent years. Formula One has added a stop in Las Vegas to its Grand Prix race tour.

Major League Baseball recently approved the relocation of the Oakland Athletics to a $1.5 billion stadium planned for the Strip that is scheduled to open in 2028 following in the footsteps of their pro football counterparts and stadium mates.

The Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, which led the NFL to award Super Bowl LVIII to Allegiant Stadium in February. With the A's move, Oakland County Coliseum, long a central focus of competitive professional sports in its heyday, will now sit empty.

The Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team in the National Hockey League, began play at T-Mobile Arena in 2017.

The Adelson family had a hand in bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas, but Sheldon Adelson, who had committed $650 million to help build Allegiant Stadium, pulled his funding after the state Legislature passed a $750 million measure tied to a hotel tax on the Strip.

The NBA has been widely thought to be considering expanding to Las Vegas. Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke is planning a 20,000 seat arena built to NBA specifications, part of a $10 billion resort and entertainment complex on land leased to him by the son of the Sands Chairman and CEO.

#DallasMavericks #MiriamAdelson #NBA #LasVegasSands #SheldonAdelson #PatrickDumont #casinonews #sportsnews #casinoindustry #gamingnews #sportsmedia #sportsbusiness #OakViewGroup #OakView #propertynews #realestate #Dallas #biznews #businessnews #biz #trends #media 

GOP will uncover ‘where all the bodies are buried’ in Biden’s biz schemes: Rep 

(FOX Business @FoxBusiness )

#Biden #HunterBiden #JoeBiden #GOP #politics #corruption #money #transfers #laptop #emails #newsmedia #media 

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Media News In Case You Missed It

Lachlan Murdoch assumes position as Chairman of Fox Corporation - November 18, 2023

Lachlan Murdoch has formally assumed the role of Chairman of the Fox Corporation at the company's Annual General Meeting.

His father, Rupert Murdoch is now officially Chairman Emeritus.

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott was voted in as a Director of the Board of Fox.

Lachlan Murdoch opened the Annual General Meeting with a tribute to his father, praising the “unique and strong” company he has built.

Rupert Murdoch said of the transition: “like my father, I believe that humanity has a high destiny, and Lachlan certainly shares that belief.”

#LachlanMurdoch #RupertMurdoch #Murdoch #FOX #FoxCorporation #TonyAbbott #AGM #newsmedia #newsbusiness #publishering #broadcasting #media 

Reference: FOX Corporation


FOX Business wins Media Man 'Business News Website Of The Month' and 'News Media Website Of The Month'

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Mark Cuban plans to leave 'Shark Tank': 'It's time'

TV News

Longtime Shark Tank star Mark Cuban says he plans to leave the show.

The billionaire businessman, 65, recently said on Showtime's All the Smoke podcast that he will exit Shark Tank after Season 16 of the ABC reality series.

Shark Tank features entrepreneurs who pitch their business ideas to Cuban and other "sharks," or well-known potential investors.

On All the Smoke, Cuban praised Shark Tank but said "it's time" for him to go.

"I love it because it sends the message the American dream is alive and well," the star said of the show. "I feel like in doing Shark Tank all these years, we've trained multiple generations of entrepreneurs that if somebody can come from Iowa or Sacramento or wherever, and show up on the carpet of Shark Tank and show their business and get a deal, it's going to inspire generations of kids."

"I've invested in, I don't know how many hundreds of companies," he added.

Cuban joined Shark Tank as a guest in Season 2 and became a series regular in Season 3. He has invested in such companies as BeatBox Beverages and Dude Wipes.

Other sharks include Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary and Lori Greiner.

Cuban told Forbes on Monday that he had nothing to add to his comments on the podcast and that he's "still got a whole new season to shoot."

Shark Tank is in its 15th season on ABC.


ABC Official YouTube

Daymond John Makes an Eye Opening Offer - Shark Tank

Sneak Peek: An Entrepreneur Inspired by Barbara - Shark Tank

#SharkTank #ABC #TV #MarkCuban #sharks #entertainment #popculture #news #media

Search Engine Journal

AI and Human Generated Content

SEJ's Erika on the trend of human content and search meets AI content and search. LinkedIn is an excellent starting point since that's the platform we've entered on and our current business platform of choice.

So, what to be the authority and accredited expert in? When your a media and sports agent and online publisher to boot, it covers a wide array of things. We closely cover pop culture, combat sports, streaming platforms, niche media and digital trends to name a few areas. A few months back our LI news regarding networking, hot-desking and remote working in relation to Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the related region buzzed and trended on LI, LI News and X (then Twitter). WWE Crown Jewel PLE (Premium Live Events/PPV's) events had put the UAE region more squarely on our radar. Our LIV Golf coverage and positive based coverage also appeared to be a factor. One thing connects to another. Per Zen and Buddha, "Everything is connected". 

LinkedIn editors and readership liked or loved it! Still working on the business model aspect of it however. Ying and yang. Towards overall success in LinkedIn and beyond the Holy Grail of the world wide web.


X Corp Founder Elon Musk Speaks at DealBook

SORKIN: “And you think that the public is going to say that Disney is making a mistake?”

MUSK: “Yes.”  

SORKIN: “And they’re going to boycott Disney?”  

MUSK: “They already are.”

MUSK: "Let the chips fall where they may"

#ElonMusk #X 

Advertising agencies are responsible for initiating, managing, and implementing paid marketing communications. In addition, some agencies have diversified into other types of marketing comms, including public relations, sales promotion, interactive media, and direct marketing.

#advertising #advertisingagency #advertisingagencies #marketing #paidmarketing #comms #communications #publicrelations #PR #sales #popculture #combatsports #streaming #promotion #directmarketing #adbiz #adnews #SEO #seonews #SEM #seotips #authority #expert #trends #buzz #media #mediaman #mediamanint 

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one" - Marcus Aurelius #MarcusAurelius #Aurelius #quote #good #man #romanemperor #roman #stoic #philosopher #RomanEmpire #world #history #media #mediaman #mediamanint

Best Quotes Of The Day (Media Man Int)

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once" - Albert Eintstein

#bestquotes #quotes #quotesoftheday #AlbertEinstein #time #universe #world #media #mediaman #mediamanint

X Corp Founder Elon Musk vs DealBook

Is it just us or is X @X not exactly the ideal place for Disney or Marvel to connect with potential customers these days? No great loss in many ways. Interesting and "mainly truthful" or "completely truthful" interview. Stopped watching Disney and Marvel movies almost a decade ago as the newer ones reminded us of the dirty biz of politics more than of an actual enjoyable movie experience to escape the sometimes crazy world. Elon Musk interview in our view was in the realm of "mainly truthful' to "completely truthful". Truth is an interesting concept. One can speak their own truth, so to speak. Check out the interview conducted by Andrew at DealBook. Highlights trending on X and some other platforms also. Musk def Woke! #X #XCorp #ElonMusk #Musk #DealBook #DealBookSummit #interview #GFY #movienews #popculture #entertainmentnews #BoxOffice #onlineeads #ads #onlineadvertising #poltiics #media 

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Podcast News

Full Send Podcast @fullsendpodcast nominated for Media Man 'News and Culture Podcast Of The Year' award

Nomination on merit alone. No political favors etc unlike some aspects of Washington..

UFC @UFC top brass Dana White appearance with Neck Boys connection sees Full Send grow audience, garner futher respect and grab more eyeballs

Mr White did not appear to hold back much with his typical hard and brutal thuth bombs..

“If we go to war right now, are you confident in this generation that we have right now? That these guys are gonna go out and storm some *ucking beach somewhere? There’s a small, handful of people, most of them probably down around the bible belt and down south that will actually *ucking stand up and fight for this *ucking country right now. It’s scary. Khabib’s crew in Dagestan could probably come in and take over this *ucking country right now because this generation is such a bunch of *ucking *ussies. We’re getting soft. We’re getting weak. Every 10 years we get softer and weaker.”

“To be fair, I think every generation thinks the next generation is soft. If you look at all the *hit that's going on in the world right now, there’s no respect for the police anymore, there’s no respect for the military. There’s no respect for our country, our freedom, our way of life that we have here. You can sit around and nitpick and talk about things that are wrong with the United States. Let me tell you something, your generation, my generation, everybody’s generation … this is it. If this falls, there’s no other *ucking place to go.” - Dana White


Full Send Podcast Official YouTube 

Dana White on Dillon Danis Fighting in the UFC and Kyle’s UFC Date!

Podcast Favourites of Media Man (Media Man Int) *needs updating. For reference.

Dana White. Flashback to 2014 (Media Man Int)

World View (Media Man Int)

#FullSend #FullSendPodcast #DanaWhite #quote #quotes #interview #podcast #podcastofthemonth #podcastoftheyear #podcastnews #popculture #UFC #MMA #sportsnews #sportsbiz #sportsmedia #broadcast #broadcasting #PPV #USA #Patriot #Patriots #newsmedia #media #mediaman 

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Pro Wrestling

"Bruno Sammartino is the greatest wrestling champion ever in the world. I wrestled more than he did but he was a strong man, he pushed a lot, threw people around and he was the greatest. I actually did more wrestling maneuvers than he did but that wasn't his thing" - Bob Backlund

Bob Backlund (Media Man Int)

Bruno Sammartino and Triple H comment on WWE 2013 Hall of Fame induction - Feb 2013

#BobBacklund #quote #quotes #BrunoSammartino #prowrestling #wrestling #wrestlingchampion #WWWF #WWE #combatsports #entertainment #popculture #legend #legends #wrestlinglegends #Goat #Goats #media #mediaman 

X, Elon Musk and Disney Boss trends for variety of reasons

Any publicity is good publicity, questions media vets

As recently reported, there appears to be a trend of more X @X users/customers cancelling Disney for good.

One high profile type X account ran by Collin Rugg @CollinRugg of Trending Politics

ran with this...

NEW: X users are cancelling their Disney+ subscriptions after Elon Musk told Disney CEO Bob Iger to “go f**k yourself” for blackmailing X.  Good. Stop giving money to people who hate you and hate free speech.  X users are fighting back and rallying behind Elon after he blasted advertisers for trying to blackmail him with money.  “Cancelled Disney and Paramount Plus”...

Media Man "Anyone with decent critical thinking skills and even a very basic level of comms and media training can quickly figure out fact from fiction here. We are of the strong understanding that Disney top mouse Bob Iger is digging himself into an even bigger hole. Who actually goes to these Disney movies anymore? Movies are supposed to be about entertainment and escapism right? Guess they got the fantasy aspects down. Movies are not supposed to be saturated by political messaging, themes and quotas. Not in America or Australia as far as we know. Many decades ago some movies were used as a way to peddle propaganda, be it military, drugs or other. Maybe in some ways history is repeating again. Wouldn't want to be an investor in Disney right now. Their loss will be another's gain. People power appears to be swinging back towards's Musk's X from what we are seeing (but it's unlikely you will read that in a mainstream newspaper). Yep, many at Disney living at Fantasy Land. Shame about what happended to the once universally loved and respected House Of Mouse."

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Boxing Fantasy Dream Matches and more Cross-over scenarios

It's understood most of if not all of these match-ups will never happen, but you never ever know.

For example Floyd Mayweather 


 went 8 rounds in an exhibition boxing match with Logan Paul 


 back in June of 2021 right! Wrestling giant Paul Wight (aka Big Show) knows a thing or two about "Money's" power and speed. 

Boxing Dream Match Time Machine

Mayweather vs Jake Paul 



Tyson Fury 


 vs Mike Tyson 



Conor McGregor 


 vs Jake Paul or Logan Paul

Conor McGregor vs Jake Paul 



Dillion Danis 


 vs Baron Corbin 



*Corbin is a former 2x Golden Gloves boxing champion! 

Bobby Lashley 


 vs Tyson Fury

*Other than being an overall badass pro wrestler and grappler, Lashley is also undefeated in mixed martial arts. 

As the combat sports world knows, on October 28 of this year former MMA champion Francis Ngannou 


 went the full 10 rounds with boxing world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.  "The Predator" came up short (officially), but many fans, insiders and even fellow boxers and combat sports practitioners viewed Ngannou as a "real winner" of the fight, be it on points or just perception, such was his ultra-impressive showing against the champion - in his first pro boxing match no less!

The success of "The Predator" against "The Gypsy King l" got many hardcore and even casual fight fans thinking of more "what-if" scenarios, especially with cross-over fighters (skilled in more than one fighting style/discipline).

Combat sports commentators such straight shooting Chael Sonnen 


 had a field day with their colourful analysis of the Fury vs Ngannou match and still occasionally mentions the historic match-up to the present day. 

Some fantasy dream matches are more likely to happen in a WWE 


 (pro wrestling ring) or in the likes of a Misfits Boxing 


 type celebrity connection arena, but one can almost never say never!

How would pro wrestling and MMA living legend Brock Lesnar 


 go in boxing for example? Or, how about if Lesnar faced Logan Paul in a MMA rules type match at a WWE premium live (FKA Pay-Per-View) event?! 

To state the bleeding obvious, both competitors in these so called dream matches need to be willing to face each other and the rules need established (to help avoid strange situations like Ali vs Inoki (Japan, 1976). Of course you need a promoter to host, promote and hype up the fight.

It's all quite a Pandora's Box or hornets (Green) nest (wink to legendary Bruce Lee 


 ), who portrayed "Kato" in The Green Hornet TV series (1966-1967).

Fans and insiders, this Gonzo-ish dream match scribe should keep you hanging on until the next Top Rank Boxing, UFC, PFL and WWE productions. 

WrestleMania Season is fast approaching as is UFC 300, and UFC top brass Dana White has already secured The Sphere 


  Las Vegas for Mexican Independence weekend with fights scheduled for September 14, 2024.

What an interesting time to be alive and I think we can agree what a great time to be a fan and/or insider or competitor in a fighting discipline.

Dream Matches (Media Man Int)

PPV News (Media Man Int)

Boxing News (Media Man Int)

Bet On Anything (Media Man Int)

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck @cybertruck wins Media Man 'Vehicle Promo and Launch Of The Year' award

Tesla Official YouTube


More utility than a truck. Faster than a sports car.

CNET Official YouTube Channel

Tesla's CyberTruck Delivery Event: Everything Revealed in 5 Minutes

“Finally, the future will look like the future” Elon Musk

"We actually had to come up with a special ultra-strong Tesla designed steel alloy. This metal did not exist before" Elon Musk

#Tesla #TeslaCybertruck #Cybertruck #ElonMusk #Musk #quote #launch #launchevent #specialevent #innovation #future #futurism #futurist #newsmedia #media 

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Pro Wrestling

WWE @WWE SmackDown  

LWO Family Dramas

Are you with Santos Escobar and his clan or loyal to Rey Mysterio, Dragon Lee and his clan?

This wrestling feud is tearing appear families. Can things be fixed before Christmas dinner and the family feast, or are a few fams off the Christmas card list this season?

Time to join Michael Cole @MichaelCole and associates at the broadcast position. This arena is going to Rumble!  

WWE Official YouTube Channel

Randy Orton prepares to strike back at SmackDown: WWE Now, Dec.1, 2023

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WWE SmackDown in New York!

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Potential Shortlist:

Grayson Waller

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A Dingo told us a certain Aussie is sniffing out a way to snatch the gold from LP! A title change could be on the way via the Bush Telegraph! Beward the Dingo Driver and Aussie Dynamite from Down Under! Mad Max, you ain't seen nothing yet cobber!

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Logan Paul looks for his first challenger: SmackDown sneak peek

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WWE SmackDown in New York! 

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Logan Paul announces an Eight-Man No. 1 Contender Tournament: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Owens punches Theory in the face during Logan Paul confrontation: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Kevin Owens vs. Grayson Waller: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023


Logan Paul looks for his first challenger: SmackDown sneak peek

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Media Man: This is totally off the hook. Talent, storylines, drama, action. One of the best segments we've ever seen on SmackDown in decades. Full credit to all, especially Logan Paul! Give all of them a performance bonus!

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WWE @WWE SmackDown in New York!

Loaded show with highlights, moments and digital exclusives

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Best SmackDown moments: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

FULL SEGMENT – Randy Orton officially signs with SmackDown: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Kevin Owens prepares to get an x-ray on his injured hand: SmackDown exclusive, Dec. 1, 2023

Knight & Orton brawl with Bloodline as The Viper joins SmackDown: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Dragon Lee is focused on earning a U.S. Title opportunity: SmackDown exclusive, Dec. 1, 2023

Belair, Flair and Shotzi brawl with Damage CTRL: SmackDown, Dec. 1, 2023

Bayley fails to help Kairi Sane against Bianca Belair: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Logan Paul announces an Eight-Man No. 1 Contender Tournament: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Owens punches Theory in the face during Logan Paul confrontation: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023

Kevin Owens vs. Grayson Waller: SmackDown highlights, Dec. 1, 2023


Logan Paul looks for his first challenger: SmackDown sneak peek

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Media Man: One of the best SmackDown's we've watched for a while and the WWE smartly keeps you wanting more more. Next week CM Punk and the long awaited return of Karrion Kross. There's an edge and element of danger and anything can happen in the air on all WWE programming at present.

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Top 10 Friday Night SmackDown moments: WWE Top 10, Dec. 1, 2023

"And I hate to say it, but I expected this. Santos Escobar with complete disrespect for everybody" Michael Cole

"Escobar is giving Walking a message to send to the rest of the LWO" Corey Graves

"It's Dragon Lee, Escobar's competitor. An opponent from Survivor Series days ago" Kevin Patrick

"Look at the satisfied smile on the face of Santos Escobar" Corey Graves

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NWA @NWA Powerrr

NWA Powerrr | Ep 135 | Old Friends & Silver Bells

The TV Title Is ON THE LINE!

The FUTURE Of The Women's Division!

MIXED TAG MATCH - Kamille & Thom Latimer vs Natalia Markova & Bryan Idol

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Wrestling News flashback in case you missed it

Current WWE @WWE U.S Champion Logan Paul @LoganPaul will soon be releasing his interview/podcast eposode via IMPAULSIVE @impaulsive with Randy Orton as his guest.

LP aka "The Maverick" posted:

”We just did Impaulsive with the legend, the legend killer I should say, Randy Orton, ladies and gentlemen. SmackDown tonight, don’t miss it.”

Logan Paul has been active on Instagram and X again

IMPAULSIVE YouTube Channel

Casey Neistat’s Falling Out with David Dobrik, PRIME vs. Feastables, #1 Advice for YouTubers - 400

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Logan Paul (IMPAULSIVE) wins Media Man 'Pop Culture Podcast Of The Month' award (Media Man Int)

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The Icon Sting & The Nature Boy Ric Flair return to Minneapolis! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

HUGE 2nd round match-up between two front-runners! Strickland vs Jay White! | 11/29/23, AEW Dynamite

Huge 8-man! Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen, & Trent vs Magic, Ang, & Dark Order! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

Brian Cage & Workhorsemen take on Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander, & Vikingo! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

The Don Callis Family RETURN to the ring on AEW Rampage! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

Women’s Trio Action! The Outcasts & Anna Jay vs Shida, Blue, & Statlander! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

EXCLUSIVE! Rampage Entrances for MASSIVE 8-Man Tag Match! | 12/1/23, AEW Rampage

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Bryan Danielson of All Elite Wrestling @AEW appears on CBS Sports Radio

“Yeah, I mean, I’m a part of the disciplinary committee, and clearly, what happened has happened, you know what I mean? And I’m somebody who I like, you know, I think he brought a lot to AEW while he was the there’s not a lot I can say about it or that I really want to say about it, but yeah, I am a part of it.

It’s really funny because there is, you know, how the internet is. Some people would say I was the head of the disciplinary committee, and I’m like, listen, there were more than three people involved in this decision, but most of them were all lawyers. To say that I was the head, I don’t even have a college degree. I’m not in there bossing people around or anything like that. It’s like, whoa, okay.

But yeah, I am part of a disciplinary committee. Was that difficult? As someone who likes Punk and as a friend of his, was it difficult to be a part of that committee where the decision is that he should leave? Absolutely.” - Bryan Danielson


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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga


Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in Academy Award-winning mastermind George Miller’s “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” the much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world he created more than 30 years ago with the seminal “Mad Max” films.  Miller now turns the page again with an all-new original, standalone action adventure that will reveal the origins of the powerhouse character from the multiple Oscar-winning global smash “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 

The new feature from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures is produced by Miller and his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Babe”), under their Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner.

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus.  Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe.  While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.  

Taylor-Joy stars in the title role, and along with Hemsworth, the film also stars Alyla Browne and Tom Burke.   Miller penned the script with “Mad Max: Fury Road” co-writer Nico Lathouris.  Miller’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes first assistant director PJ Voeten and second unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris, director of photography Simon Duggan (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Great Gatsby”), composer Tom Holkenborg, sound designer Robert Mackenzie, editor Eliot Knapman, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and colorist Eric Whipp. The team also includes other longtime collaborators: production designer Colin Gibson, editor Margaret Sixel, sound mixer Ben Osmo, costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, each of whom won an Oscar for their work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”  

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Kennedy Miller Mitchell Production, A George Miller Film, “Furiosa.”  

The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters only nationwide on May 24, 2024 and internationally beginning on May 22, 2024.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom | Tickets on Sale

Director James Wan and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa—along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman—return in the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.”  

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction. 

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin. 

Directed by Wan, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is produced by Peter Safran, Wan and Rob Cowan. The executive producers are Galen Vaisman and Walter Hamada.  The screenplay is by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, from a story by James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa & Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, based on characters from DC, Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.  

Joining Wan behind-the-camera is his sterling team of “Aquaman” artisans: director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“Jumanji: The Next Level”), editor Kirk Morri (“Furious 7”), composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”) and music supervisor is Michelle Silverman (“Malignant”). Visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Clash of the Titans” films, “The Dark Knight”) and costume designer Richard Sale (“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Ready Player One”) also join.  

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atomic Monster / A Peter Safran Production of A James Wan Film, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” set to open in theaters internationally beginning 22 December 2023 and in North America on December 22, 2023; it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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"Godfather of AI" goes on record

A pioneering researcher and the so-called “Godfather of AI” Geoffrey Hinton quit his role at Google so he could more freely speak about the dangers of the technology he helped create.

Some of the dangers of AI chatbots are “quite scary,” Hinton advised the BBC. “Right now, they’re not more intelligent than us, as far as I can tell. But I think they soon may be.”In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Hinton also pointed to “bad actors” that may use AI in ways that could have detrimental impacts on society — such as manipulating elections or instigating violence.

Hinton, 75, says he retired from Google so that he could speak openly about the potential risks as someone who no longer works for the tech giant.“I want to talk about AI safety issues without having to worry about how it interacts with Google’s business,” he told MIT Technology Review. “As long as I’m paid by Google, I can’t do that.”Since announcing his departure, Hinton has maintained that Google has “acted very responsibly” regarding AI. He told MIT Technology Review that there’s also “a lot of good things about Google” that he would want to talk about — but those comments would be “much more credible if I’m not at Google anymore.”Google confirmed that Hinton had retired from his role after 10 years overseeing the Google Research team in Toronto.

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Sports Betting News (in case you missed It)

Dave Portnoy is Done With Gambling - November 27, 2023

Barstool Sports @barstoolsports founder Dave Portnoy says he is finally through gambling - for good this time - after he got a beat down betting the Bills-Eagles game late Sunday afternoon.

“I quit gambling. F–k Buffalo,” Portnoy tweeted.

And, like many gamblers, he too is blaming the referees.

He tweeted:

"I bet the Bills big tonight. Refs were horrible. But bottom line is a high school team can complete the play to the end zone from the 25 that would have ended it. That's it. Nobody else to blame."

Portnoy made out like a bandit buying back Barstool Sports from Penn National over the summer.

Penn sold 100% of the outstanding shares of Barstool back to him “in exchange for certain non-compete and other restrictive covenants.”

Barstool Sports was fully acquired by Penn Entertainment in $388 million deal earlier in the year. Penn paid about $388 million for the remaining stake in Barstool Sports that it did not already own and that made Portnoy very rich.

But Portnoy also admitted his degenerate gambling made it hard for Penn to obtain licensing in certain states.  Still others threatened to pull existing licenses.

“[W]e underestimated just how tough it is for myself and Barstool to operate in a regulated world, where gambling regulators, the New York Times [and] Business Insider hit pieces, fucking with the stock price every time did something,” Portnoy said in an “emergency press conference” video posted on X (aka Twitter) Tuesday.

“We got denied [gambling] licenses because of me, you name it,” Portnoy said. “So the regulated industry [is] probably not the best place for Barstool Sports and the type of content we make.”

The Barstool Sportsbook rebranded as ESPN Bet and that could prove to be a nightmare for one of the world's leading sports media companies as gamblers are already voicing outrage over odd rules typically not found with competing brands.

- Dan Shapiro,

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Barstool Sports wins Media Man 'Sports Betting Brand Of The Month' award (Media Man Int)

Barstool Sports Official YouTube

Dave’s Decision Regarding Surviving Barstool

Surviving Barstool Producers Tell All | Stool Scenes

Emergency Press Conference - I Refuse to Edit Surviving Barstool Because YouTube is Stupid

(Sources: Gambling911, Barstool Sports, ESPN, Wikipedia, Wires and X)

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ESPN MMA @espnmma impresses fight fans with excellent UFC highlights and footage via YouTube Channel

ANOTHER SLAM KO 😱 Cody Brundage beats Zach Reese in Round 1 at #UFCAustin | ESPN MMA

Drakkar Klose slams Joe Solecki to earn KO win at #UFCAustin | ESPN MMA

UFC Journey: Jalin Turner vs. Bobby Green [PART 1] | ESPN MMA

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"Simplicity is the key to brilliance" - Bruce Lee @brucelee 

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"Minimize the shame you feel for your boundaries. They exist to keep you running right and in most cases we maybe could all use a few more" - John Cena, WWE @WWE pro wrestler aka sports entertainment legend

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John Cena On His Instagram Posts Being "Interpretive Art"

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GUTFELD: “Elon realized that advertisers have no spine and can be easily influenced by special interest groups in cahoots with political allies. If you don't believe me, I have two words for you; Tucker Carlson.” - Greg Gutfeld


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Gutfeld: Elon Musk is the last man standing for free speech

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"Look what you get if you win the Big 12. The Undertaker".

"He's a dead man. You get a nice title. You know people call that a nice belt but belt holds up your pants. That is a title and that is what their playing for on that field today" Pat McAfee

#Big12 #Undertaker #PatMcAfee

Big 12 Conference Football

Texas Longhorns @TexasLonghorns Win Big 12


Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns | Full Game Highlights

Check out these highlights from Championship Saturday as the Texas Longhorns secure the 2023 Big 12 conference title with a 49-21 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2023 college football season. Quinn Ewers threw for 452 YDS and had 4 passing TDs.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns 1st HALF HIGHLIGHTS | ESPN College Football

Watch highlights from the first half of the 2023 Big 12 Championship game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. Quinn Ewers throws for 354 YDS as Texas leads 35-14.

#Big12 #Big12Championship #Big12Champions #texaslonghorns #OklahomaState #highlights #video #QuinnEwers #sportsnews #sportsmedia #ESPN #media 

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UFC Fight Night: Dariush vs Tsarukyan Results

Main Event: Arman Tsarukyan def. Beneil Dariush by KO (strikes) at 1:04 of Round 1

Co-Main Event: Jalin Turner defeats Bobby Green by KO (strikes) at 2:49 of Round 1

Deiveson Figueiredo defeats Rob Fontby by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Sean Brady defeats Kelvin Gastelum by submission (kimura) at 1:43 of Round 3

Joaquim Silva defeats Clay Guida by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dustin Stoltzfus defeats Punahele Soriano by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:10 of Round 2

Miesha Tate defeats Julia Avilaby submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:15 of Round 3

Cody Brundage defeats Zachary Reese by KO (slam) at 1:49 of Round 1

Drakkar Klose defeats Joe Solecki by KO (slam) at 1:41 of Round 1

Rodolfo Bellato defeats Ihor Potieria by TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2

Jared Gooden defeats Wellington Turman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:11 of Round 2

Veronica Hardy defeats Jamey-Lyn Horth by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)


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Dariush vs Tsarukyan - Not Done Yet | UFC Austin

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Ocean Casino Resort promotes South Jersey businesses - November 2023

ATLANTIC CITY — Most small businesses in South Jersey would love to have a relationship with at least one of the multimillion-dollar casinos that dot the city’s skyline.

To celebrate Ocean Casino Resort’s fifth anniversary over the summer, its executive and marketing teams came up with the idea to incorporate and support several local businesses because local businesses are extremely important to the foundation and success of Atlantic City, they said.

Five — The Seed: A Living Beer Project, Little Water Distillery, Bar 32, Jetty Ink and MudGirls Studios — of the 11 partnerships that started over the summer have continued into the fall and holiday season.

“We found our guests really enjoyed the collaborations deployed across property to the point that we wanted to continue them through the fall and winter months,” said Kelly Burke, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Ocean.

The partnership between Ocean and Atlantic City’s Little Water Distillery resulted in the crafting of a signature pumpkin spice martini that was introduced in November and is featured at multiple Ocean bars and restaurants.

Little Water was established in 2016 and tried in the past to have its product sold at Ocean, but executives approached the distillery this time to participate in the program, said Mark Ganter, the distillery owner.

Ocean purchased the distillery’s 48 Blocks Chocolate Martini to create its Chocolate Cake Martini, a fifth anniversary birthday cocktail.

The distillery’s 48 Blocks Espresso Martini was used to make Ocean’s Pumpkin Espresso Martini, which was sold until Nov. 30. The casino will also be featuring a winter cocktail including the distillery’s product.

“It has been very successful. We have sold cases and cases. It’s a good promotion,” Ganter said.

Ocean reached out to Jetty Ink in Manahawkin to create an exclusive line of hats, hoodies, tees and more for the casino’s fifth birthday.

“They did place multiple orders of the fifth birthday apparel, and we are also working on a holiday capsule for them. These reorders and additional projects are all indicators that things are going well for their apparel program,” said Anthony Hediger, director of sales at Jetty Ink.

Jetty Ink, which was established in 2003, now prints for multiple brands, businesses, nonprofits, organizations, etc., ranging from mom-and-pop shops to million-dollar corporations up and down the East Coast and all across the country in addition to Ocean.

“Working with Ocean Casino was a no-brainer given the reach and exposure they have and to simply help back another N.J.-based business. We truly enjoy taking on large projects with large clients as it allows us to showcase our quality of work with a much larger customer base,” Hediger said.

Ocean worked with Atlantic City’s Bar 32 Chocolate & Cocktails, the area’s only bean-to-bar chocolate shop, to create three exclusive and unique chocolate bars to commemorate its fifth birthday — the Party Pretzel Bar, the Salty Peanut Butter and the Berry Pretzel Bar.

Bar 32 created a custom pumpkin spice bar for fall and made a signature holiday bar called the Broken Candy Cane Bar that will be dark chocolate with bits of broken candy canes and a drizzle of white chocolate, said Nicole Callazzo, the Bar 32 chocolatier.

Some Bar 32 products also can be found at Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Resorts Casino Hotel, but Ocean is the chocolate shop’s biggest collaborator, Callazzo said.

A billboard that Ocean put up included Bar 32, and the casino created a video featuring Bar 32 that was awesome, Callazzo said.

Some Ocean customers attended wine and chocolate events at the casino where Bar 32 chocolate was featured, Callazzo said. Afterward, they visited the shop on South Tennessee Avenue to see whether they wanted to hold a baby shower or bachelorette party there.

“Even though Ocean is a big business, all of the people we deal with are amazing,” Callazzo said. “We look forward to keeping this relationship for a long time.”

Earlier this year, Ocean started a relationship with MudGirls Studios in Atlantic City. The casino asked MudGirls to create exclusive handmade bowls for its fifth anniversary, which turned into 250 hand-formed, glazed-stoneware 5-inch bowls, said Dorrie Papademetriou, the founder and designer for MudGirls.

After that successful project, the casino came back and asked MudGirls to make a tile wall of recognition for its employees. The tiles have been placed on the wall in sequential order, so the more senior employees’ names appear first. MudGirls created close to 1,000 tiles, Papademetriou said.

“It’s a great opportunity to get our name out and raise revenue and hire women,” Papademetriou said. “For us, it’s really the recognition of the work we do and the value of the people in the studio. ... We want to empower the women who do the work.”

Ocean is interested in continuing its partnerships as well as developing new ones in the new year, Burke said.

“As Ocean continues to grow, we want to use our success to help amplify Atlantic City as a destination,” Burke said.

MGM makes leadership changes at Las Vegas and Atlantic City properties

MGM Resorts International has announced several leadership position changes at its Las Vegas and New Jersey casinos. Some will take effect immediately, others in 2024. MGM’s Chief Operations Officer Corey Sanders said Ayesha Molino will assume a new role as president and COO of ARIA and Vdara on the Las Vegas Strip, effective immediately. She also will continue to oversee government affairs, communications, and public relations as chief of public affairs and will continue to serve on the company’s executive committee.

Las Vegas: New details unveiled in Mirage’s rebrand to Hard Rock

Hard Rock International is moving forward with its rebrand of the Mirage after the Clark County Commission approved a design plan that remodels the existing resort pool and adds 1.2 million square feet of new space in the form of additional theater, retail and ballroom spaces. County officials previously approved a plan to change the landscape of the Strip: replacing The Mirage’s iconic volcano attraction with a guitar-shaped hotel tower. The 660-foot tall all-suite tower with a podium below it received the OK from the Board of Commissioners during a March meeting.

MGM Resorts takes in record hotel revenue over F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend

MGM Resorts International reported record hotel revenue for the Formula 1 weekend in Las Vegas and is likely to set a record for the month, the company’s chief financial officer said Tuesday. Jonathan Halkyard, speaking at the Bank of America Leveraged Finance Conference, also highlighted MGM’s plans to invest in its three properties across the street from the planned $1.5 billion A’s baseball stadium at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip that will open in 2028.

Macau GGR up 435% year-on-year to $1.99 billion

Macau’s gaming operators generated gross gaming revenues of $1.99 billion in November, up 435% year-on-year although down on the post-COVID record of $2.42 billion in October. The November result continued the SAR’s strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with analysts having estimated that mass gaming revenues are already back to 100% or better of 2019 levels, pushing FY23 revenues above US$20 billion. It had previously been anticipated that November GGR would be lower than October, which was aided by the National Day Golden Week holiday.

Florida: Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood gives first look at roulette, sports betting kiosks ahead of debut

Days before casinos in Florida begin offering more ways to play, a Broward County hotspot is giving a sneak peek at the new options that will soon become available in the state. 7News cameras on Wednesday captured some of the new additions at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood ahead of their Dec. 7 debut. “I think, with adding craps and roulette, we’re going to add some new customers to South Florida,” said Bo Guidry, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Alabama lawmakers advocate for stricter gaming laws following illegal casino activities

Growing concern over illegal gaming has prompted State Rep. Andy Whitt to advocate for more stringent statewide regulations in Alabama. Whitt’s stance comes in light of recent law enforcement actions, including a raid on a Lowndes County casino, White Hall Entertainment, which was closed on Tuesday. Whitt, representing Madison County, emphasized the long-standing nature of the issue, stating to WBRC 6, “This is something that has plagued the state for decades.”

California Attorney General eying daily fantasy sports operators

The legal landscape of daily fantasy sports in California could change drastically soon. California daily fantasy sports is a legal activity. But that’s partly because there isn’t a law explicitly prohibiting it. However, the California Attorney General’s office is looking into the matter. If the AG decides operators are breaking the law, DFS in California might become a thing of the past. Sports betting in California is a hotly contested issue. Last year, DFS operators and tribal nations backed separate sports betting ballot initiatives. But both failed by wide margins.

Philippines GGR could reach $5.2 billion this year on record Q4, says consultancy

The Philippines casino industry is expected to achieve all-time high gross gaming revenues of between $5 billion and $5.2 billion this year, boosted by a record December quarter, according to consultancy GCG Gaming Advisory Services. In a lengthy updated posted on social media following the recent release by PAGCOR of industry data for 3Q23, GCG noted that industry-wide GGR of $1.24 billion had shown minimal growth from the $1.19 billion a year earlier. However, the record GGR of $1.26 billion achieved in 4Q19 will “most likely to be exceeded in Q4 this year when we expect to see increased growth in the Korean’s visitation and the gradual return of the Chinese.”

Las Vegas: Off-Strip casino to bring back live table games

One more casino in Las Vegas is taking a step to return to its pre-pandemic routines as Tuscany Suites and Casino announced its bringing back live table gaming starting on Saturday. Live table gaming was removed from the small off-Strip property owned by Brett Heers in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions and weren’t returned until now, according to a spokesperson for the property. Blackjack and roulette will be available for play on Saturday, although pai gow and craps will be added to Tuscany’s casino sometime in the first quarter of 2024.

Mark Cuban and Adelson Family Push for Gambling in Dallas - November 2023


 - On Wednesday, the Adelson and Dumont families, owners of the Las Vegas Sands, confirmed they are in a binding purchase agreement to acquire a majority ownership stake in the Dallas Mavericks. 

Mark Cuban, the Mavs current owner, has expressed a desire to bring a casino resort to Dallas.

My goal, and we'd partner with Sands, is when we build a new arena it'll be in the middle of a resort and casino. That's the mission," Cuban told the Dallas Morning News in December 2022.

He continued: "Texas is such an amazing state that we need to be a destination. And this is the way to do it. And partnering with the Sands Corporation, literally there's no reason why we can't build a huge resort destination in the city proper of Dallas. There's plenty of places to do it."

There's one small problem.  The state is not particularly friendly towards any form of gambling.  State lawmakers have opposed efforts to legalize sports gambling.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick made this abundantly clear following news of the Mavericks deal.

"I've said repeatedly there is little to no support for expanding gaming from Senate GOP. I polled members this week. Nothing changed. The senate must focus on issues voters expect us to pass. We don’t waste time on bills without overwhelming GOP support. HB1942 won’t be referred."

The parties hope to receive approval from the NBA board of governors and finalize the deal by the end of 2023, according to a statement released Wednesday by Sands.


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Sydney Superyacht Captains’ Long Lunch celebrates industry diversity - December 4, 2023

Held at the sublimely located a’Mare Restaurant at Barangaroo, the 2023 Sydney Superyacht Captains’ Long Lunch welcomed 42 Captains and luminaries from the superyacht industry for a much-anticipated get-together to celebrate the end of a successful year.

Sponsored by Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Major Yacht Services and Sydney Superyacht Marina, the event was the opportunity for Captains, representatives from industry bodies and suppliers to meet in a social setting to catch up on issues and renew personal connections.

a’Mare, meaning ‘by the sea’ in Italian, is located in Crown Casino Sydney and enjoys incredible Harbour views from every angle. Highly awarded Chef and Restaurateur, Alessandro Pavoni, designed an exquisite menu for the occasion: opening with share plates of home-made Focaccia, Buffalo mozzarella and Veal tenderloin, followed by mains of Pasta al Pesto and Vitello alla Milanese, with delicious sides of rocket and balsamic salad, and roast potatoes with rosemary. For dessert, the house specialty, just like Alessandro’s mother used to make, the famous a’Mare Tiramisu.

Along with local and visiting Captains, guests included representatives from Superyacht Australia, Ocean Media, Burgess Yachts and Benetti’s Peter Mahoney, who arrived from Hong Kong, and said he never misses a Rivergate event if he can help it!

This year, there was a strong contingent of women, including Captain Charlie Kinder, Hillary Buckman, Editor in Chief at Ocean Media, Maddie Spencer from Superyacht Australia, Stephanie Bell, Manager Major Yacht Services Brisbane and Christina Prince, Manager at Major Yacht Services, who flew in from Cairns.

This was Christina’s second such event and she commented on the change of venue, saying “The location was spectacular, and the private dining room was most suitable for networking and socialising in between courses.”

Prior to working for Major Yacht Services, Christina worked in yachting for over a decade and attended events in Monaco and other superyacht destinations.

“The new venue suited the image we want to present in the industry. It’s a glamour industry and a’Mare’s food, service and ambience were superb.”

Topics of discussion relevant to Christina included “boat movements, crew and Captain changeovers, charters for the coming season, moving from Sydney and heading north”.

“We discussed the pros and cons of refit and maintenance in Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney,” she continued. “I always push Rivergate for the quality, skills and accessibility.”

On a social note, she said it was refreshing to meet Captains and hear about their experiences.

“Speaking in a social setting like that is how we find out things we have in common, the seasons we’ve worked in various locations around the world, the people we know and places we’ve been to. It was a unique bonding experience.”

First-time attendee, Brandon Hoy, Rivergate Shipyard Manager, was equally impressed with the food and the venue, and said it was a valuable experience to meet in person Captains he had spoken with or exchanged emails with over the years, or had met during previous yard periods.

“Probably a dozen of them I’d had brief discussions with at Rivergate, so to finally have the opportunity to speak about other things, beyond work, like travel, family, plans for the holidays, was amazing.”

“Speaking in a social setting like that is how we find out things we have in common, the seasons we’ve worked in various locations around the world, the people we know and places we’ve been to. It was a unique bonding experience.”

First-time attendee, Brandon Hoy, Rivergate Shipyard Manager, was equally impressed with the food and the venue, and said it was a valuable experience to meet in person Captains he had spoken with or exchanged emails with over the years, or had met during previous yard periods.

“Probably a dozen of them I’d had brief discussions with at Rivergate, so to finally have the opportunity to speak about other things, beyond work, like travel, family, plans for the holidays, was amazing.”

Topics of note included discussions about future refit work at Rivergate, and several industry issues impacting everyone.

“We spoke about berthing issues around Australia, as some of the bigger vessels are finding it hard to get suitable berths,” said Brandon. “And then there’s the impact of the skills shortage in specialised trades. Many of them are having a hard time finalising projects because there’s a lot of work and not enough people in some areas.”

Captain Charlie Kinder at the helm of 37-metre Heesen, MY Lumir, was also a first-time guest at a Rivergate/Major/Sydney Superyacht Marina luncheon, and she said she was very grateful for the opportunity to “relax in such a beautiful environment, see some familiar faces and meet some new people in the industry”.

“It was great to meet the Rivergate team and enjoy everybody’s company. In this industry Captains often operated in a high stress environment, so it was a welcome opportunity to socialise among colleagues.”

Charlie started on board MY Lumir as the Deck Stewardess and once she gained her qualifications, took on the position of skipper, where she’s been for the past 13 months.

“I never imagined becoming a Captain,” she explained. “My dad is in the marine industry, instructing classes for MED engineering, Master 24 and Master 45. I did a few classes with my dad, then I got a job, loved it, and it snowballed from there.”

Charlie is now just one week away from completing her Master 45 certificate, after which she’ll fly to the Gold Coast where MY Lumir is berthed, and bring the boat back to Sydney for the summer season.

“I love the boat and we have great owners,” said Charlie, adding that MY Lumir has recently entered the charter market. “The owners spend quite a bit of time on Sydney Harbour, then they’ll head to Pittwater to enjoy the jetskis and Fliteboards.”

Speaking of the change from private to charter, Charlie observed there were challenges with hiring crew. “There is quite a crew shortage at the moment, which we discussed at length over lunch. There are so many more boats and more jobs, and just not enough people to fill them.”.

Steve Fisher, Rivergate’s long-time Director of International Business, viewed the lunch as “a welcome break from the hectic pace of work-life routine”.

“There was a lot of talk about charters in the Whitsundays and coming into the busy Christmas-New Year period in Sydney,” Steve said. “Superyacht owners and charter vessels are venturing out to the Pacific again, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.”

Other domestic topics that arose included sharing information about reliable suppliers, crew shortages, new anchorages, and the rising numbers of visiting superyachts heading ‘down under’.

“Especially in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, there was concern that infrastructure needs to keep pace with demand. On a positive note, the new ‘local knowledge’ approval process on superyachts coming into Sydney Harbour seems to be working very well.”

David Good, CEO of AIMEX-Superyacht Australia explained the concept: “To move around inside the Port Limits of Sydney Harbour, Captains have previously been required to utilise a pilot. There are limited Pilots, and they just can’t dedicate this resource every time a vessel wants to move anchorage whenever the wind changes.

“So, an alternative arrangement was devised between the Harbour Master and Superyacht Australia for vessels between 30 and 80-metres. Captains are able to complete a 50-question online questionnaire before they arrive, and then on initial arrival a Pilot will board their vessel and check it over, ensuring Captain and crew competence. The Pilot signs off their application and can add value to the visiting vessel during the initial pilotage by pointing out anchorages, the fact that the Manly Ferry has right of way over everything – basically, provide local knowledge.”

Captains can secure Temporary Local Knowledge permits for set period. Vessels under 30-metres do not require it, and those over 80-metres require a Pilot for all movements or may hire somebody with a full Certificate of Local Knowledge and qualifications to master the size vessel in question.

“Superyacht Australia on behalf of industry and the Harbour Master, Myron Fernandes, developed this pragmatic solution that gives oversight for the regulator and freedom for the vessel once qualified,” added David.

Kokomo II Co-Captain, Toby Gitsham was thrilled to be invited to the Sydney Captains’ Long Lunch 2023. “I haven’t been for a while, and I felt like I was returning to the fold,” he commented.

“It was a fantastic afternoon, Steve, Alex and Brandon did a great job hosting, listening to our feedback, and it was very enjoyable to spend time with them socially.”

One thing that stood out to Toby compared with previous events was the increase in the number of female guests. “I really enjoyed their company. It made for a nice balance and a different perspective, plus we men were on our best behaviour,” he quipped.

A topic of great interest and urgency for Toby is the difficulty finding crew, specifically engineers, which is a symptom of the nationwide skills shortage.

38-metre, private motor yacht, Kokomo II spends approximately four months of every year in Fiji and the rest of the time is based at Woolloomooloo in Sydney.

“We have a Storage container at Rivergate and regularly schedule stopovers for works and maintenance on our way to Fiji or on the return,” said Toby. “They are always reliable for top quality work, service and a friendly welcome.”

For about 25 of the party, festivities continued at the Sussex Hotel where spirits were high and tales were no doubt embellished!

“There’s really nothing like this annual event for cementing personal and professional relationships,” said David Good. “It’s always a quality event, and definitely leads to stronger ties among industry, as well as a better understanding of other people’s roles and how we’re all interlinked.”

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