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Jake Paul Acquires Stake in UFC Parent Company, Endeavour Group Holdings

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Jake Paul, a Youtuber turned boxer, on Tuesday announced he has purchased a stake in Endeavour Group Holdings, the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to protest the poor pay structure of fighters, among other things.

Paul, a long-time advocate of better pay and treatment of fighters, had called on Dana White, the President of UFC to increase athletes’ pay and give them good health care policy given the level of risk they take.

Jake Paul, 24, said he partnered Geoffrey Woo in his investment and called on other wealthy individuals, hedge funds, etc to join him in order to force UFC to make changes to its pay structure.

He tweeted, ‘I’ve invested in EDR (UFC) stock with my partner @geoffreywoo 2 focus on UFCs ESG standards relating to fighters’.

‘We believe EDR can drive long-term economic value by increasing UFC fighter pay & providing them healthcare.

‘Reaching out to @EngineNo_1 to partner on this ‘endeavour.”

The move was after Francis Ngannou, a Cameroonian UFC fighter and the heavyweight champion of the world, disclosed that he received $600,000 per fight as a champion despite the level of risk involved while the likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and other boxers get paid $30 million and even more in case of Anthony Joshua.

Ngannou has since refused to extend his contract except certain adjustments are made to allow him the freedom to cross over to boxing.

Jake Paul, a new boxer with just three fights in 2021, earned $40 million, according to Forbes’s latest athletes’ earning report.

‘My partner Jake has lead the way in changing the business of combat sports by not just talking about it, but being about it — fighter pay, healthcare, & championing women’s sport,’ Woo said.

‘And today is our next step in our vision of revolutionizing the industry.

‘UFC has faced a rising chorus of criticism for the exploitation of its athletes — the [love] of [the] biz.

‘The ratio of revenue going to athletes vs. owners & leagues is well below industry standard.

‘This disparity hurts long-term shareholder value & this is not going to magically change.

‘Jake is the archetype of the future, where individual transcends the machine.

‘This is happening across all sectors — media, entertainment, & tech start-ups where dynamic, innovative individuals & creators are bargaining toe-to-toe w the owners, the institutions, and the academy.

‘We believe the best way to accelerate this inevitable revolution is to lead it from within the UFC as co-owners & impact investors.

‘We will use our investment stake to rally fans, athletes, fellow shareholders, and management to do the right thing.’

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MultiChoice Introduces Special World Cup Package on GOtv

The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer

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The mother brand of GOtv, MultiChoice has introduced a special world cup package for GOtv subscribers.

The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer, Investors King learnt. 

According to a statement released by MultiChoice, the decoder and one-month subscription which was previously N6,900 will now be available for N4,900.

“Starting from Saturday, November 26, customers can get a GOtv decoder at just N4,900 instead of N6,900,” the statement read.

Additionally, all matches of the FIFA World Cup are now available to GOtv customers on Supa, Max, and Jolli packages.

MultiChoice Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, John Ugbe, noted that the special package will enable more Nigerian families to enjoy the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

He added that the company has included more channels to capture all moments at the ongoing world cup in Qatar. 

“This special World Cup price offer will allow more Nigerians access to live matches and show-stopping moments at the ongoing FIFA World Cup. To further drive this, we have extended more World Cup dedicated channels to every customer,” he said.

GOtv is one of the most popular pay-per-view television service providers in Nigeria. 

Apart from being relatively affordable, it has a lot of exciting channels which include Africa Magic Urban, Honey, SuperSport, WWE, SuperSport channels, KIX, StarLife, Cartoon Network, ESPN, Zee World, TeleMundo, CNN International, Al Jazeera, Discovery Family, B4U Movies, TNT Africa.

Others include MTV Base, HIP TV,  M-Net Movies 4, ROK, Discovery ID, Nat Geo Wild, Da Vinci Kids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Jim Jam, and a lot more.

In all, GOtv has over 80 exciting channels covering news both local and international, music, sports, documentaries, series, movies, and children’s programmes.

GOtv subscription begins from N1,900 a month on GOtv Jinja, to N2,800 for GOtv Jolli. GOtv Mass monthly subscription goes for N4,150 while the all-round package, GOtv Supa goes for N5,500. 

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Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe to Bid for Manchester United as David Beckham Struggles to Raise Fund

Again, Sir Jim Ratcliffe moves to acquire Manchester United

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British richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has launched a bid for Manchester United amid a report that the Glazer family put the Premier League club up for sale. This is the second time Jim Ratcliffe will be aiming to buy the most valuable club in England. 

Investors King learnt that the Glazer family planned to sell the club at a valuation of £5 billion. The 70-year-old has been a lifelong fan of Manchester United. 

While recounting his first attempt to purchase the club, Ratcliffe stated that he planned to submit a bid higher than the club’s valuation. 

Meanwhile, former England captain David Beckham, who spent more than ten years at Manchester United has stated that he is open to holding talks with potential bidders for the club, Financial Times reported. 

This is after it has been reported that the football legend is having difficulty raising the fund. He has however called on other interested investors to join him to bid for the club. 

Reacting to the development, Manchester United shares were up at nearly 19 percent at the opening of market on Wednesday. This is in addition to the 14 percent gain it recorded on Tuesday afternoon. 

In a similar development, Manchester United fans have called for fresh investment and new ownership to boost the title chances of the club after many years of unimpressive performance. 

“Our club needs new investment more than ever. That requires new ownership,” the fans group stated in a statement. 

They added that the fans group should be given the opportunity to have a say in the future of the club.

“Any new ownership structure must embed supporters, including a degree of fan share ownership, in their operating model,” they noted. 

With a record of 20 English League titles, 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 3 European Champions Cups, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup, Manchester United is undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in the world.

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2022 World Cup: $220 Worth Football Competition Begin on Sunday

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As the World anticipates the most watched sporting event scheduled to begin on Sunday, the organiser, FIFA, and the host country, Qatar have perfected plans to host the most expensive sporting event in the world so far. 

Investors King learnt that the government of Qatar is spending a sum of $220 billion to host the three weeks event which will kick start in three days with an opening match between the host country, Qatar, and Ecuador at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium. 

The last world cup which was held in 2018 and hosted by Russia was valued at $11.6 billion. This represents an increase of about 1800%.

Although the host country, Qatar built a new city, new airports, and new stadiums to host the event, observers however opined that the sum expended toward the event is unnecessary and flamboyant.

Ahead of the event, it was learnt that a number of participating countries have arrived in the Middle East country. 

The United States and Australia are the first teams to arrive for this year’s edition of the FIFA world cup. 

It could be noted that Qatar is the first country in the middle east to host the world cup event while it is the smallest country so far to ever host the world football event. 

Meanwhile, to host a hitch-free event, Qatar has partnered with some countries to ensure utmost security at the sporting event which is expected to attract about 1.6 million visitors. 

Thirteen countries, including the U.S., UK, Turkey, France, Germany, and Pakistan, are sending security personnel to Qatar to bolster security at the World Cup tournament.

The United Kingdom has pledged to send its Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to help secure the sea and air bases during the World Cup. 

Pakistan has sent 500 armed soldiers, Turkey is sending 3,000 riot police officers while the United States Forces have also landed in Doha ahead of the opening event on Sunday. 

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