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As Amazon looks to increase its sports presence, it is cutting back in other areas.

The e-commerce and technology giant is laying off more than 18,000 employees as it adjusts to uncertain economic times, CEO Andy Jassy said in a letter to company employees.

  • The reduction will be concentrated among company workers, who represent around 5% of this group and 1.2% of those at Amazon. 1.5 million total labor
  • Amazon said in November it would cut back 10,000 jobsmainly in devices, recruitment and physical stores – cuts included in the 18,000 total.
  • With a slight dip to start the new year, Amazon shares are down 49% during the last 12 months. It got lost around 1 trillion dollars of market capitalization from the peak of July 2021.

Sports spending

Despite layoffs, Amazon proves it no signs of slowing down his growth in sport.

Its most expensive sports property is its billion-dollar-a-year deal for “Thursday night football”, but also recently signed a three-year deal Elite Extensionadding chords with it Premier League i UEFA Champions Leagueamong others.

The company is also a potential contender for NBA media rights after losing “NFL Sunday Ticket” to Google’s YouTube TV.

Amazon is reportedly working on one dedicated sports app.

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There could be an ulterior motive to LIV Golf’s American lawsuit against the PGA Tour’s public relations firm, Clout Public Affairs.

On Tuesday, Clout accused LIV, backed by Saudi Arabia’s $676 billion sovereign wealth fund, of using the lawsuit to “create an intelligence file” about the families of 9/11 victims who have criticized the kingdom and the rival golf league.

  • Clout has some too 9/11 Justice as a client, who is involved in a separate lawsuit against Saudi Arabia related to the 2001 attacks and other cases, including the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • LIV Golf demanded Clout turn over internal documents and communications with the PGA and sued to enforce the subpoena in December.

LIV Golf has argued that the PGA Tour hired Clout to run a “smear campaign” and organized for families to protest at LIV-related events.

“LIV has brazenly hired a company in the United States to track and monitor the activities of these 9/11 victims and families, while, through the underlying lawsuit, using antitrust discovery to now sift through Clout’s communications with these families, even if they have. nothing to do with LIVgolf or golfers,” the filing says.

Clout and 9/11 Justice fear release of internal communications “will lead to retaliation.”

Suspender dress

LIV Golf sued the PGA Tour after the latter suspended players for defecting to the new competition. The PGA Tour countersued, alleging damages.

Clout noted that the subpoena is not necessary since the PGA Tour already turned over documents in the antitrust case.


Manchester City join forces with the owner of the world’s richest sports team.

The Premier League club have reached an agreement Jio Platforms — a technology conglomerate owned by Mukesh Ambaniowner of the Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier League.

As part of the deal, Manchester City’s streaming subscription service CITY+ will be included in the JioTV platform. It will provide fans with access to live women’s matches, highlights and other exclusive content.

  • Ambani has a net worth 88.7 billion dollarsby Forbes, ahead of Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer ($74.3 billion).
  • Manchester City is the sixth most valuable football team in the world 4.25 billion dollars.
  • The club is owned by Municipal Football Groupwho also owns New York City FC.

The energy and technology entrepreneur has also expressed interest in a takeover deal for Liverpool.

Potential updates

Manchester City are planning to carry out studies to determine the feasibility of a new focused development project Etihad Stadiumthe club’s field since 2003.

The stadium has a capacity of 53,400 spectators, and possible development plans would increase it further 60,000. A development project would also include a hotel, a new club store and a museum. CFG has spent more than 834 million dollars in infrastructure projects in Manchester.

The City Council will hold formal consultations on the project in the coming months.

  • In The Leadoff, the sale of the Ottawa Senators hits a speed bump, esports is reclassified as an official sport in India, the NCAA could expand March Madness to 90 teams, and Tampa Bay releases proposals for focused development in the stadium Click here to listen.
  • The six New Year’s bowls have returned to its pre-pandemic popularity, averaging 13 million viewers, according to ESPN.
  • Here is one watch inside NBA superstar Luka Dončić’s $2.7 million Dallas home, which includes an outdoor pavilion, fireplaces and a movie projection screen.


The Boston Celtics (26-12) face the Dallas Mavericks (22-16) on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.

How to look: 7:30 pm ET on TNT

Betting odds: Celtics -3 || ML -145 || O/U 232.5

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