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Study Shows The US Cities Producing Most Sports Stars



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A brand new study from OLBG has found out which cities in the United States are responsible for producing the most MLB stars, and the city of Chicago came out on top with more than 387 major league baseball stars being born in the Windy City.

The report also demonstrated which US cities producing the most major league athletes overall, as well as those where the most NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL stars were born.

Here the top 40 US Cities Producing Most Sports Stars:

Rank City State NFL Athletes NBA Athletes MLB Athletes NHL Athletes Total Number of Athletes born in City
1 Chicago Illinois 494 155 387 25 1,061
2 Los Angeles California 460 113 240 5 818
3 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 216 122 372 7 717
5 New York New York 169 104 262 11 546
6 Houston Texas 340 43 143 2 528
7 Detroit Michigan 275 71 126 41 513
8 Brooklyn New York 102 107 248 1 458
9 Dallas Texas 258 48 95 * 401
10 Cincinnati Ohio 175 20 204 1 400
11 Miami Florida 314 15 69 * 398
12 Cleveland Ohio 220 27 137 11 395
13 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 212 23 139 14 388
14 New Orleans Louisiana 235 30 99 * 364
15 Baltimore Maryland 123 44 178 * 345
16 Atlanta Georgia 175 49 107 2 333
17 San Francisco California 125 25 180 1 331
18 San Diego California 151 19 134 2 306
19 Birmingham Alabama 147 27 87 * 261
20 Boston Massachusetts 85 15 100 35 235
21 Columbus Ohio 137 23 55 4 219
21 Louisville Kentucky 95 37 87 * 219
23 Oakland California 93 25 92 2 212
24 Minneapolis Minnesota 103 23 41 38 205
26 Jacksonville Florida 132 11 56 1 200
28 Indianapolis Indiana 95 34 56 3 188
30 Milwaukee Wisconsin 89 33 58 4 184
31 Long Beach California 78 17 80 6 181
32 Sacramento California 81 10 88 * 179
33 San Antonio Texas 106 11 49 * 166
34 Buffalo New York 60 17 65 22 164
35 Seattle Washington 72 30 59 1 162
36 Portland Oregon 73 22 63 3 161
37 Baton Rouge Louisiana 107 25 28 * 160
38 Denver Colorado 88 8 42 13 151
39 Mobile Alabama 88 10 52 * 150
40 Fort Worth Texas 101 8 35 * 144
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Sony Acquires Queen’s Catalog for $1.2 Billion



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Sony has made a massive acquisition in the music space, acquiring the catalog of legendary rock band Queen for a whopping $1.27 billion, according to a report from Hits and later confirmed by Variety.

According to Variety, the only revenue not covered in the deal is for live performances, which founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who still actively tour with singer Adam Lambert, will retain.

The bidding came down to Sony and an undisclosed player who was said to be very close but stopped short at $900 million, allowing Sony to walk away with the catalog.

There is no denying the iconic value of Queen’s catalog, which includes such memorable hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “39,” “Somebody to Love” and “You’re My Best Friend” as well as the iconic “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” which have been globally integrated with major sports leagues especially during games and during championship celebrations.

Furthermore, the success of  the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” demonstrates the potential for the group’s name and likeness rights and could also hint at a potential musical presentation for Broadway or in London in the future.

It is worth noting that the catalog, which has been in play for the last several years, is complicated by the group’s recorded-music rights for the United States and Canada, which were acquired by entertainment juggernaut Disney, for an undisclosed price, at some time during the 2000s following an initial $10 million licensing deal back in 1991, with those rights remaining with Disney  in perpetuity, although certain of the bandmembers’ remaining royalties from them will go to Sony once the deal officially closes.

Queen’s distribution deal is current with Universal, but will go to Sony in all territories outside the United States and Canada when it expires in 2026 or 2027.

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Pixar CCO Pete Docter Excited About Future




The latest smash hit in theaters is Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’ which had a stellar opening in theaters grossing $295 million globally in its first weekend, and the film is currently this year’s highest box office debut.

Naturally, that success has many people excited, specifically Pixar who feel that the numbers, which are similar to pre-2020 numbers, indicate an incredible future is upon them.

“I feel like we’re in a really golden place where, after a lot of turmoil, every project we have is exciting to me for multiple reasons — both from new looks and technology, but more importantly, original stories and storytellers,” Pixar Chief creative officer Pete Docter said, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Docter also spoke about the recently announced ‘Inside Out’ series that will land on Disney+ and stated that the project is already completed and will be arriving to the streaming platform sometime in Spring 2025.

“But in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley’s dreams are made? It semi-explains why they’re so weird. We’ve continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it’s pretty cool,” Docter said.

Docter discussed how the company decides which content lands on Disney+, which was announced just before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, or gets a premier release in theaters, which seems to be making a comeback in the market.

“But that was really before anyone had an understanding of the economics of how it all works. How much can you spend on a show, and how do you even track what it made? A box office is super easy. Three people came in, I know I can count the money exactly. With streaming, depending on how you divide it up, do you get more money to do something that’s new or that attracts new viewers? It’s very squirrely,” he explained.

With Pixar basking in the limelight of their latest success, the future is exciting for the company and it will be interesting to see how far their new success can go.

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget




Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.


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