ESPN and Tom Brady’s Autograph ink multi-year NFT deal

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ESPN and Autograph, the nonfungible token (NFT) platform co-founded by Tom Brady, announced a multi-year partnership on Wednesday that kicks off with a documentary launch and an NFT assortment. A ten-part ESPN+ documentary collection referred to as “Man within the Enviornment: Tom Brady” chronicles the milestones of the NFL legend’s profession by way of a psychological and emotional lens. The docuseries is produced by Faith of Sports activities, a media firm during which Brady can also be a co-founder.

Autograph and Faith of Sports activities designed the “Man within the Enviornment: Tom Brady Assortment” to be ESPN’s first collection of NFT collectibles. Dropping on the similar time on Wednesday, the documentary is obtainable to subscribers throughout the Disney streaming bundle — ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+ whereas the NFT assortment is obtainable to view on Autograph.io and on the market on DraftKings Market.

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The gathering consists of three journal covers from ESPN’s particular version December situation, which included 14 tales that ESPN had written on Tom Brady. Fifty editions of these NFT covers will likely be signed by Brady. As soon as the tenth and final episode of the docuseries airs, a second NFT assortment referred to as “Again within the Enviornment” may also drop.

Dillon Rosenblatt, co-founder and chief govt officer at Autograph, said in an announcement that “As the primary NFT accomplice for ESPN, the chances throughout sports activities and expertise are limitless, and we couldn’t be extra excited to get this content material out to the world in an enormous method.”

Whereas die-hard Tom Brady followers could also be enthusiastic about his new present and NFT assortment, others expressed their issues concerning the partnership on Twitter underneath ESPN’s tweet. The feedback included statements like, “No one requested for this, ESPN” and “I nonetheless do not know what an NFT is” to GIFs depicting dislike. 

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ESPN just lately launched the ESPN Edge Innovation Heart in Collaboration with Disney Media & Leisure Distribution to pursue expertise partnerships corresponding to this one with Autograph. Along with Web3 experiences, ESPN intends to leverage augmented and digital actuality to work together with sports activities followers in new and fascinating methods, stated the corporate. 

From sponsorships in F1 to widespread NFT buying and selling playing cards like NBA Prime Shot and to crypto companies renaming sports arenas, the sports activities trade has largely embraced Web3 and NFT initiatives. A latest PwC report even called NFTs “the way forward for digital property in sports activities.”