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New Charlotte sports card shop opens today with beer and a 100K LaMelo rookie card

New Charlotte sports card shop opens today with beer and a 100K LaMelo rookie card

Photo: Courtesy One Stop Sports

One unexpected flower re-blooming in the shadows of the long pandemic winter: sports trading cards.

Yes, the things kids in the 1950s and ’60s put in their bike spokes, and kids from the 1980s and ’90s stuffed into protective casing, are popular again in the 2020s.

Driving the news: Our city will get a card store for the modern Charlottean today when One Stop Sports opens in South End. It’ll have a bunch of cards, of course, but it’ll also be a place to hang out and have a cold drink and watch sports.

  • They’ll have a LaMelo Ball rookie card valued at $100K at the store today for the grand opening, which starts at noon today.

Why it matters: The sports trading card industry exploded during the pandemic, as people cleaned out their homes and rediscovered old joys like this buried in an attic

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Sports, Music Tie-Ups at All-Time High as Industries Cast Wide Net

In recent weeks, Drake “hackedESPN’s SportsCenter to announce the date of his forthcoming album release, Certified Lover Boy. Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard appeared in the multi-platinum award winning artist’s newly released “Way 2 Sexy” video. The Worldwide Leader announced Drake would be curating the music for 10 select Monday Night Football games throughout the 2021 season (starting with last Monday’s Baltimore Ravens-Las Vegas Raiders clash). Meanwhile Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard released his fourth album (under the alias Dame D.O.L.L.A.), and rapper Yo Gotti bought an ownership stake in D.C. United.

If it seems like the convergence between sports and music is at an all-time high, those at the intersection say that’s because it is. TrillerNet (the parent company for Triller, Triller Fight Club, Verzuz, FITE and Amplify.ai) CEO Mahi de Silva explained the desire to appeal to as wide an

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ESPN, Chasing High-School Sports Fans, Acquires Influential BallerVisions Social Accounts

ESPN viewers regularly tune in to hear about the exploits of national teams like the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Lakers and St. Louis Cardinals. But executives want to capture the interest of those eager for news about the high-school exploits of the Lake Travis Cavaliers of Texas, the Arizona Compass Prep Dragons and the Notre Dame Knights of Sherman Oaks, Calif.

To do so, the Disney-backed sports-media giant has hired Marcel “Celly” Chappell and acquired the social media accounts tied to his company, BallerVisions, which is known for its social and digital presence in the high-school sports landscape. Chappell will join ESPN’s social media team as a producer, and ESPN will take control of BallerVisions’ YouTube channel and presence on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Sports Media World Reacts To Latest Jackie MacMullan News

Jackie MacMullan at The Paley Center.

Jackie MacMullan at The Paley Center.

On Wednesday morning, ESPN announced that Jackie MacMullan will retire at the end of August. It’ll mark the end of a decade-long run with the network.

“I feel fortunate to have collaborated with so many incredibly talented people during my 10-plus years at ESPN,” MacMullan said in a statement, via ESPN. “Sometimes you just know when you’re ready to dial it back, and this is the right time for me. I’m grateful for the memories, but especially for the friends I’ve made along the way. Thank you to my ESPN colleagues for all of your support.”

Before she joined ESPN, MacMullan was a reporter for The Boston Globe. Her skillset made her a key acquisition for ESPN. She worked her way up the ladder at ESPN, receiving appearances on Around the Horn, SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and The Jump.

Judging by the

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