PointsBet hopes to fuel U.S. expansion with $43 million acquisition of betting platform company
The sports betting company acquired Banach in a $43 million transaction on Monday. Banach is a business-to-business software company that creates sports betting platforms and algorithms, including in-play wagers. PointsBet also agreed to an equity deal with CNBC parent company NBCUniversal valued at $500 million. "When you think about in-play betting and the future of a sports broadcast, it's all about that in-game engagement. In-play betting and in-play bet stats integrated into the broadcast can not only make people watch more games but also extend the duration of their viewing."cnbc.com
"West Side Story": Behind the scenes of the 2020 revival
Ivo van HoveBut Ivo van Hove, a Tony Award-winning director, known for his cutting-edge productions, promised something new: a more raw and raging "West Side Story." Everything scares me about this," van Hove said with a laugh. Van Hove tapped choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, his friend and fellow Belgian, to design more contemporary, street influenced movement. That's-- that's 'West Side Story,'" Rudin said. "I was at the birth of this thing," van Hove said.cbsnews.com
Mark Cuban: 'I don't need to unplug' from my cell phone or answering emails
"Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran says she and the other Sharks are "fascinated" by Mark Cuban's ability to answer his texts and emails "the minute he gets" them. "I'll be three days behind in texts and thinking I'm pretty good because I'm keeping up," Corcoran told guest Cuban on her Nov. 19 podcast "888-Barbara." "I don't need to unplug for the most part," Cuban told Corcoran. And it's just like delete, delete, delete," Cuban said. Cuban told Corcoran he is able to balance family time and working out with his business, without unplugging from his phone.cnbc.com
'Shark Tank': Why Mark Cuban invested $250,000 in vegan pork rinds
Vegan pork rinds anyone? On Sunday's episode of "Shark Tank" on ABC, vegan pork rinds company Snacklins caught the attention of many of the Sharks. "They're made with real ingredients that a 6-year-old can pronounce: mushrooms, onions and yuca," Samy Kobrosly, founder of Snacklins said during the episode. A 1-ounce bag of Snacklins is 80 calories, about half the amount of regular pork rinds, which impressed the Sharks. Kobrosly initially asked the Sharks for a $250,000 investment in return for a 2.5% stake in the business, a $10 million valuation, which shocked the Sharks.cnbc.com
Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink 'Jaws'
According to one study, people are responsible for the deaths of about 100 million sharks a year. For Shark Awareness Day, take a look at some other surprising shark facts. For example, they feed on animals such as sea turtles, who consume huge amounts of sea grass. But that's a hard job to do when humans kill sharks in astronomical numbers. Humans, while lacking the 7 rows of teeth, are still worseFor every human killed in a shark attack, humans kill an estimated 2 million sharks.