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Kobe Bryant Legacy Website Launches Charitable NFTs

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KB24, the sport star’s former website, launches Kobe-inspired art collectibles as NFTs for a charitable cause.

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The new owners of KB24 announced a 10-step roadmap for the digital NFT project in honor of the basketball star. Within 48 hours of the announcement, the website received over 7,000 reservations for the auction. There will be 10,000 non-fungible tokens which showcase great moments and achievements from Bryant’s career. 

Included in the roadmap is an NFT airdrop to early access fans and adopters, an art reveal, and various giveaways. 

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Initially the website launched in 2006 as the personal website of Kobe as a way for fans to connect with the star. However by 2016 and his retirement from the NBA the website changed hands multiple times. Now it’s in control of the KB24 project, which formed from two lifelong Kobe fans  Andy Treys and Sako Waves

“We grew up on the site. We wanted to keep it forever, just like a signed Kobe jersey or basketball, but in this case there is only one KB24.com.”

The two expanded their team in order to operate the mega NFT sale. 

“We have so many people on board helping us bring the KB24 NFT project to fruition, and everyone is happy donating their time and resources without asking for anything in return. It really shows how much impact Kobe Bryant had on everyone’s lives,” explains Andy, “We’re excited to share more information on everyone else helping with the project as we get closer to launching.”

According to the founders they created the project with charity in mind. Therefore 100% of the proceeds and revenue gained from the OpenSeas auction will go towards the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. The auction could potentially generate $50 million for the charity. 

NFTs and the Sports World

Prior to this KB24 NFT auction news, other Kobe NFTs hit the market. The Cryptograph NFT market auctioned off unreleased Kobe Bryant photos. Proceeds from this auction also went towards the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. 

In addition, big names in the sports industry seek out ways for crypto involvement. EA Sports released an ad for a Senior Director to look into “blockchain and NFTs”. 

Marketplaces such as Dibbs, capitalize on the inherent collectible nature of the sports world with an NFT sports card marketplace. As the sports world continues its embrace of crypto, there will be not telling which major star is next on the NFT scene.

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DraftKings Doubles Down, Partners With Polygon

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Yes, it was just a few short months ago that DraftKings launched the ‘DraftKings Marketplace‘ in partnership with Autograph.io. In that short time, we’ve seen the sports gambling powerhouse churn out some successful NFT releases with the likes of Tiger Woods, Simone Biles, Tom Brady, and more.

Now, DraftKings is doubling down on crypto, this time pairing up with Polygon for some versatility and support in secondary-market transactions.

DraftKings & Polygon: A Prime Pair

Scalability and sustainability are two traits that Paul Liberman, co-founder and president of global product and technology at DraftKings, cited as “critical challenges of blockchain technology” that Polygon was able to address to meet DraftKings’ needs. According to the press release, the company will also have an option to potentially contribute to Polygon’s governance protocol and keep the network secure as a validator node with its own stake pool.

Polygon will hone in on custom NFT drops and secondary-market transactions.

The marketplace is available for millions of DraftKings’ users, and the platform is currently working towards transferability of NFTs to decentralized wallets via Ethereum mainnet. Meanwhile, Polygon has continued to show investment in NFTs, gaming, and corresponding areas. Existing partners for Polygon include the likes of Atari, ZED RUN, Decentraland, The Sandbox, and more.

“Although DraftKings Marketplace is still in it’s nascency, we are bullish on the possibilities that blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency and more will present as we prepare for Web 3.0 alongside Polygon and the new innovations ahead for digital collectibles,” added Liberman. A refreshing take from brand executives that shows the immense potential ahead for crypto in online gaming and gambling.

Polygon continues to solidify partners to build further investment in gaming and NFTs. | Source: $MATIC on TradingView.com

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Gaming, Gambling & Crypto

The emergence of young industries stateside, such as sports gambling and cannabis, are prime contenders for crypto integration – and this move for DraftKings is a prime example. They are also industries that are on the rise throughout the US in particular.

Reports emerged this week that New Jersey was the first state to hit a $1B month of bets last month. The first online sports betting entrant in the state was none other than DraftKings, who partnered with Resorts Digital; that partnership yielded nearly $42M last month, leading the online-only handle in the state.

All that to say that DraftKings is one of the largest players in the game, publicly traded with a valuation north of $20B.

Many platforms are targeting the crossover of gambling, gaming and crypto. Polymarket, for example, describes itself as an “information markets platform” that runs on Ethereum, where users can place bets on sports and current events.

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Anthony Scaramucci Sees Bright Future as First US Bitcoin Futures ETF Makes NYSE Debut Following Positive Nod from S.E.C.

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In Tuesday morning trading, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (NYSE: BITO) made its debut, marking a monumental occasion in the developing story of cryptocurrency regulation. The fund, which tracks CME bitcoin futures, or contracts speculating on the future prices of bitcoin, rose by roughly 3% early in the session and continues to hold those gains at time of publishing.

The crypto sector as a whole has pursued a bitcoin-focused ETF for years now, with asset managers submitting proposals for spot bitcoin ETFs as early as 2017. To date, however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had consistently rejected these proposals, maintaining the stance that none of the applications were able to prove market resistance to manipulation.

While the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF falls short of the spot bitcoin ETF that many in the industry hope is on the horizon, experts agree that Tuesday’s opening stands as a turning point in the regulatory approach of the SEC.

“Remember, there’s a difference between the cash ETF, obviously, and the ETF that everybody’s talking about right now. I have a preference for the cash ETF, but I love the fact that the SEC is allowing for the futures ETF,” Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, told CryptoCurrencyWire in an exclusive. “It’s just a sign that they’ve decided that they know the blockchain is going to be a very big component of the future of the financial services industry. I take this as a monumental decision…to allow the United States to stay the leader in financial services globally. I think it’s a very positive sign.”

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Traders Start Longing Cardano ($ADA) Over Other Altcoins, Here’s Why

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Cardano ($ADA), the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap seems to have lost market momentum post its Alonzo upgrade in September. The smart contract integration was seen as a key catalyst to its price as $ADA rose to a new all-time high of $3.10 in the run-up to the upgrade. Even though the upgrade made Cardano a Defi and NFT hub, its price hasn’t made much progress since then.

$ADA is currently trading at $2.13 with a 1% loss over the last 24-hours, the altcoin price has fluctuated in the range of $2.10-$2.70 since September. At present Bitcoin is leading the market rally with eyes set of new ATH, while altcoins seem to be in a consolidation phase.  Historically, the real altcoin bull run begins when the $BTC market tops as seen in April-May when the majority of the altcoins hit new ATH.

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The market sentiment towards altcoins looks stable at present, but recent data from Santiment indicate an unusual rise in interest of traders for $ADA, something that was seen during the Alonzo hardfork.

Can Cardano Make a Turn-Around?

Cardano’s social media mentions went through the roof during the Alonzo upgrade, but the hype died down with the successful completion of the upgrade. Many critics believe the September high was the top for the altcoin, however, new data shows traders on Binance is longing $ADA more than other altcoins showing a bullish sentiment in the making.

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The sharp rise in long position is often followed by a bullish price rally for the altcoin and if the trader’s interest continues to mount, it could build a bullish momentum strong enough to help it record new ATHs.

The altcoin had quite a phenomenal year until now having broken into top-3 crypto rankings and currently sitting at third. $ADA with its new decentralized ecosystem is expected to become the go-to option for Defi and NFTs due to the scalability and security that Cardano offers.

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