Cosmopolitan $ 5.65 billion sale of Blackstone – Front Office Sports


The NHL and adidas have teamed up to produce an eco-friendly jersey made in part with recycled materials, priced at just over $ 150. The Seattle Kraken’s white jerseys are already sold out.

The Cosmopolitan / Design: Alex Brooks

MGM Resorts is aggressively dabbling in mobile sports betting, but has not forgotten its roots: it purchases the Cosmopolitan casino and resort operations of Las Vegas in a $ 5.6 billion deal.

The destination of the Las Vegas Strip was purchased by private equity firm Blackstone in 2014 for approximately $ 1.8 billion and will change hands when the deal closes in 2022. The Cosmopolitan hosts a bookmaker run by William Hill, owned by Caesars Entertainment.

  • MGM will pay $ 1.63 billion to become the Cosmopolitan Casino and Resort Operator. The physical property is sold to a group of investors including a Blackstone Trust, Stonepeak Partners and the Cherng Family Trust for approximately $ 4 billion.
  • MGM goes Enter a 30-year lease, with three ten-year renewal options.
  • Blackstone said so invested $ 500 million in the property under renovations and additions. It’s turning a $ 4.1 billion in profits on the investment, including the cash flow generated by The Cosmopolitan.

MGM is looking to take full control of BetMGM, the sports betting company it owns 50-50 with Entain. The online bookmaker is available in 14 states and MGM has sponsorship agreements with the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL.

In July, black stone acquired a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group, promoting the collection platform to more than $ 500 million. In April, he joined an $ 80 million funding round for sports media and league-based startup basketball. In May 2019, he took a minority stake of $ 204.9 million in the betting platform SuperBet.

He had previously explored buying stakes in Serie A and Sportradar.

Platoon / Design: Alex Brooks

Peloton has had a dramatic year, but its financing options are nonetheless prized for their stability by the banking sector.

platoon contracts with the lender Affirm to offer zero-interest loans on its connected bikes and other fitness equipment, which are then often packaged and sold to financial institutions looking for a safe bet.

  • Peloton, Affirm’s biggest customer, generated around 20% of lender’s $ 870.5 million revenue for the year ended June 30.
  • Unsecured loans to Peloton clients made up the bulk of the $ 845 million Affirm has garnered since 2020 through the packaging of zero interest loans. The interest on these loan packages starts at just over 1%.
  • In August, the home fitness giant lowered the price of its signature bike to $ 1,495 from $ 1,895. His treadmill sells for $ 2,495. It resumed sales of treadmills on August 30, following a costly recall.

The company recently launched its own clothing line and is it is believed to be working on a rower.

While Peloton’s revenue from product sales fell in the second quarter, subscriptions to its training service have increased steadily.

The company more than doubled the number of connected fitness subscribers to 2.3 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, bringing in $ 541.7 million to this segment.

Spirit of Washington / Design: Alex Brooks

Last month, the Washington Spirit of the NWSL appointed former DC United player, coach and executive chairman Ben Olsen. Now there could be a change of ownership, as co-owner Y. Michele Kang is call on majority owner and CEO Steve Baldwin to step down.

Baldwin’s leadership looked promising in 2019 when he noted professional female footballers should be paid better than men and Predicts NWSL Could Reach $ 30-50 Million in annual sponsorships.

A recent league survey on several allegations of verbal abuse by former team coach Richie Burke has turned into a larger discussion of female employees in a misogynistic workplace.

  • The team has lost 40% of its female staff on its website since the start of the season.
  • At the end of last week, fans launched a demonstration, limiting “game day activities” including “flag waving, chanting and drumming” until there is a new owner.

Baldwin reportedly told Kang in August that he would sell him his shares, but has since changed his mind.

Kang bought a stake in the team last year, adding to the Spirit roster. other dominant owners including Chelsea Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager and Briana Scurry, the former American goalkeeper. In May, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin became a investor.

The growing number of investors comes as the league gains popularity among fans – at the end of the 2020 season, there was a 500% jump into the television audience.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports / Design: Alex Brooks

Less than two weeks after the Los Angeles Clippers struck a 23-year, $ 500 million deal with Intuit for naming rights to its new arena, the team reportedly earned more than $ 300 million in a agreement with Aspiration.

Online banking is Intuit Arena’s primary financial partner and will display advertisements throughout the site. The building, which will open in Inglewood in 2024, costs $ 1.2 billion, adding to the $ 66.2 million owner Steve Ballmer paid for the land and $ 300 million for the Forum.

Aspiration focuses on respecting the environment, which fits in well with the Clippers’ goal of making the Intuit Dome 100% carbon-free.

  • Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers is an investor in Aspiration. The company has raised $ 450 million nowadays.
  • Last month, the financial services firm reached a deal to go public via the SPAC merger with InterPrivate III Financial Partners, which will value the combined company to $ 2.3 billion.

Ballmer, who bought the Clippers for $ 2 billion in 2014, wants to make Intuit Dome the the most sustainable arena in the world. It would save 10 million gallons of water per year and reduce vehicle travel by 15% through carpooling incentives.

Aspiration will also partner with the team to launch a fund, offering “fans the opportunity to offset their own carbon impact every time they buy a ticket.”

Intuit Dome will generate estimated annual economic activity of $ 260 million for Inglewood. The Clippers are valued to $ 2.75 billion.

  • Famous The Ashes cricket tournament in May not take place, as COVID-19 continues to spread in Australia and England is reluctant to tour.
  • The Sacramento Kings have confirmed that Arctos Sports Partners has acquired a minority stake in the franchise, with majority owner Vivek Ranadivé also increasing his stake in the team.
  • GNC has obtained an exclusive retail business Partnership with Podium Nutrition, whose products will be available on and in stores nationwide.
  • The Yankees arrived in Boston out of the playoff photo, but thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s historic hitting weekend, they left Fenway with the top spot in the AL Wild Card. Get more stories like this in the Sports section, a free daily newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

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