Blue Chips Full Court Press – Week of 07/04/2022

2022-23 Home Schedule Shaping Up Nice!

Kentucky’s 2022-23 SEC Schedule was announced last week. The Cats will play home games against Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. This mixed in with non-conference home games against Louisville and Kansas (with more still to come) will make for some very exciting matchups in Lexington next season. Kentucky’s away SEC opponents will be Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia. Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Ole Miss. Expect a few neutral site games to be added to the mix – matchups against Michigan State and UCLA are already scheduled.

Among all the summer practice talk thus far, it appears that weight-training, workouts, and feedback from NBA scouts are creating a newfound confidence for Jacob Toppin. The stars are all aligning for Toppin to have a breakout season – he broke into the starting lineup, his confidence is growing exponentially, and he has the NPOY Oscar Tshiebwe taking on all the pressure and expectations.

The electric duo of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are reunited once again! The Sacramento Kings signed Monk away from the Lakers on a 2-year, $19M deal. Together the two created one of the most high-octane backcourts in college basketball history during their time at Lexington in 2017. All of BBN will stay up late and tune in to games on the West Coast to see these two back in action.

National Media buzz seems to have the pendulum swinging on DJ Wagner’s recruitment back into the favor of the Cats. If you remember, many analysts believed new Louisville HC Kenny Payne’s hiring of Milt Wagner (DJ’s Grandfather) put Louisville in the lead for the Nation’s #1 recruit. As we had learned through sources close to DJ and the program, Kentucky’s staff never felt like they had lost the upper-hand in the recruiting battle. That information now is trending towards being accurate, with more and more analysts flipping their predictions, or at least changing their confidence level. A Kentucky class of DJ, Dilly, Reed, and Aaron Bradshaw could be something we see by the end of the summer… fingers crossed!

The 2022 NBA Summer League is kicking off this week in Las Vegas, and it’s a Kentucky takeover. A total of 14 former Kentucky players are participating — Nick Richards (Hornets), Ashton Hagans (Cavs), Kellan Grady (Nuggets), TyTy Washington Jr. (Rockets), Isaiah Jackson (Pacers), BJ Boston (Clippers), Sacha Killeya-Jones (Lakers), Kahlil Whitney (Timberwolves), Shaedon Sharpe (Trail Blazers), Nate Sestina (Kings), Johnny Juzang (Jazz), Davion Mintz (Wizards). ESPN, ESPN 2, and NBATV will air the games. Be sure to catch all of La Familia in action!


Tennis NFT 15 Love Joins the Metaverse During Wimbledon 15

Love, a tennis NFT project and launch pad with utility and ambitions in the metaverse, is attempting to create the home of the sport in Web3. During the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, NFT collectors and tennis fans will be able to purchase one of 7,777 unique 15 Love NFTs dedicated to the popular sport. “There is huge excitement amongst the tennis community as we enter the NFT space,” Sabrina Stocker, the former Apprentice star and co-founder of 15 Love, said. “Passionate fans drive sports forward, and we’re immensely proud that 15 Love is the first company to create a range of NFT collectibles for tennis fans, allowing owners exclusive access to metaverse tennis events.” This historic move for tennis will take place during the Wimbledon Championships and is designed to help build a tennis community in the metaverse. Access to top professionals, legends, and tennis experts, who will act as ambassadors and attend virtual events, is among the top attractions on offer.


Mobile Streams Wins NFT Contract with Mexican Football Club, Pumas

Mobile Streams is a London-based mobile content provider. Meanwhile, Club Universidad Nacional AC – Pumas – is one of the “big four” football clubs in Mexico with a fan base primarily based in Mexico and the US. Wholly-owned subsidiary Streams Data and Pumas have entered into a license agreement whereby Mobile Streams has the global exclusive right to use Pumas’ commercial and IP property for the sole purpose of the production, promotion, and commercialization of NFTs and blockchain products globally.

Under the contract, the company will produce a large range of NFTs for Pumas, including player trading cards, fan engagement products, and club collectibles.

Mobile Streams and Pumas have agreed a target revenue figure over the terms of the contract, of which Mobile Streams’ share is around USD14.5 million.


How Did White Label NFT Marketplace Development Hype Start?

With so many opportunities to explore, investors want to figure out and occupy various niches to spread their influence far and wide in this new and flourishing business — The White Label NFT Marketplace.

Now you might be wondering why you don’t see everyone scrambling to start NFT marketplaces if they are as profitable as they sound. The answer is simple: it’s very hard. An NFT Marketplace takes months to years to develop. It takes months, if not years, to fully develop an NFT marketplace from scratch, so forget about developing it on your own from your mother’s basement. You need a keen grasp of business strategies, as well as a ton of programming knowledge to even begin understanding what goes into NFT marketplace development. This is where white-label NFT marketplace development comes in: to help individuals or small organizations set up their NFT business without needing to know all the technical stuff.


👋What Did We Miss?

Tell us what NFT news we missed and where you found it…we’ll add the source to our list!