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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Simultaneously Launches NFT Collections for Two Teams in Two Different Leagues

Teams have commissioned two renowned D.C. artists to create unique collectables for the NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards fan base. A first-of-its-kind free NFT will be available to fans within the Wizards Collection.

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Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the ownership group of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards, today announced the first-ever NFT (non-fungible token) collection simultaneously being launched for two professional sports teams in two different leagues. Monumental Sports & Entertainment partnered with OpenSea as their marketplace for this first-time NFT collection.  

“We are thrilled to share these incredible digital collections with Caps and Wizards fans and provide them an accessible entry into the exciting world of NFTs, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies,” said Ted Leonsis, Founder & CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

“Monumental Sports & Entertainment is a digital-first company, and we consistently innovate to provide fans the richest, most immersive, and state-of-the-art experiences. To have the chance to do that and partner with Naturel and Rob Zilla III, two renowned D.C. digital artists – and Caps and Wizards fans, respectively – has been phenomenal.”

NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital assets that have an exclusive owner and exist through blockchain technology. NFTs are akin to collector’s items, albeit in digital form. Whereas a tangible asset may be held physically, its provenance may be difficult to validate. But an NFT’s unique metadata allows ownership to be verified and the buyer and seller operate with full transparency of all transactions and costs associated with the individual piece. Additional information on the concept of NFTs is available on each team’s website. To learn more please visit www.WashingtonWizards.com/NFT (Wizards) and www.WashCaps.com/NFT (Capitals). 

See an example of one of the Wizards NFT offerings: here

See an example of one of the Caps NFT offerings: here

Monumental Sports & Entertainment has partnered with two acclaimed, Washington D.C.-based artists with deep community roots on a respective NFT collection that celebrates the teams, their collective hometown of D.C., and the teams’ extraordinary fan bases. Famed graphic designer Lawrence Atoigue, professionally known as Naturel, has been commissioned to create the Wizards NFT collection, and renowned illustrator Robert Generette III, professionally known as Rob Zilla III, has been commissioned to create the Capitals NFT collection. These leading artists have channeled their unique abilities in design to create powerful art which is visually captivating, taps into the passion Wizards and Capitals fans feel for their teams, and celebrates the unique bond each team has with the community for which they play.  

This announcement comes ahead of making the NFTs available to the public and to educate and generate excitement for the fans ahead of the expected mid-July drop dates. And in a first-ever move for a professional sports team, the Wizards are creating a special edition NFT within its collection which will be available free of charge for the first 500 fans through a creative marketing effort, to be announced by the Wizards later this week.    

The Washington Wizards NFT Collection 

“The Washington Wizards Starting Five” is a five-part NFT series that celebrates the diverse and powerful hometown of the team, Washington D.C. The starting five of a basketball team represent the strongest players to go up against an opponent, and this Wizards NFT series does just that – it is designed for the great basketball fans in the DMV, highlighting the energy and culture that makes The District so unique.  

As part of the collection, the Wizards will also feature a specialty option, “The Sixth Man.” The sixth man is an invaluable member of any basketball team and, in many ways, is key to its success. Through this offering, the Wizards are celebrating their most invaluable asset: the Wizards fan. As a thank you to these dedicated supporters, The Sixth Man NFT will be a free NFT collectible – a first-ever such concept and disbursement program amid professional sports teams. The Wizards organization chose to create these free-of-charge NFTs to ensure that more fans have an opportunity to participate as a founding member of “The Wizards Starting Five” NFT program.  

The NFTs will be sold on OpenSea in five distinct package levels – and some package levels are available to a single buyer and others purchased by multiple buyers. (Details on how fans can pursue The Sixth Man package will be announced shortly.) But regardless of which NFT a fan purchases, the metadata authenticating the purchase will always remain unique to the individual NFT. Some packages also offer additional experiences tied to the individual NFTs being sold.  

·         First Starter: Artist Focused Auction  

This is a 1 of 1 minting to be sold in an auction format that includes unlockable content accessible only by the winner (including Naturel behind the scenes content), courtside tickets for a Wizards home game with the famed artist, Naturel, a personally commissioned portrait from Naturel, a game-worn jersey, and a meet and greet with team owner, Ted Leonsis.

·         Second Starter: Team Focused Auction  

This is a 1 of 1 minting to be sold in an auction format that includes courtside tickets for a Wizards home game and exclusive game access (early entry, watching pre-game warm-ups, attending a post-game media availability with players and coaches, etc.), dinner/meet and greet with a member of basketball operations and team alumni, a game-worn jersey, and a chance to meet team owner Ted Leonsis. 

·         Third Starter: Team Focused Option 

There will be 50 minted, available at $299.99 each that includes two tickets to a Wizards home game and a jersey from the Wizards City Edition collection.  

·         Fourth Starter: Team Gear Focused Option  

There will be 125 minted, available at $149.99 each that includes a jersey from the Wizards City Edition collection.   

·         Fifth Starter: Simple Option 

There will be 200 minted, available at $49.99 each.  

·         Sixth Man: The Sixth Man NFT   

This is a minting of 500, available to fans free of charge.  

About the Artist 

The Wizards have commissioned Lawrence Atoigue, professionally known as Naturel, an illustrative-based artist who has quickly emerged in today’s postmodern scene. His futuristic illustrations have successfully blended methods of Pop and Cubism with a surrealist vision. A social influencer counting numerous NBA stars among his 90,000+ Instagram fans – his talents have attracted the eyes and ears of other celebrity clients such as Macklemore, Swizz Beatz, and countless others. 

On Sale Date 

“The Washington Wizards Starting Five” NFT Collection will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. EDT on July 12 through 9:00 p.m. EDT on July 14, exclusively on OpenSea. The timing of the Sixth Man offering will be announced on Wizards social media channels and on the team website in the coming days. Ahead of the date of the sale, the Wizards Marketing and Communications teams will sustain a campaign to educate fans new to NFTs, create excitement around the collection, drive interest in this new frontier of digital collectibles, and introduce the artist to the Wizards fan base.    

ALL CAPS All-Digital Fan Collectibles

The Washington Capitals are offering two themed collections. The first is a celebration of the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. For the first time ever, fans will be able to own a digital piece of Capitals history marking the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. The Capitals are honoring the championship through two unique collectibles within this theme to commemorate the memorable season.  

·         Capitals Stanley Cup Ring  

This is a 1 of 1 minting to be sold in an auction format, featuring the artwork of the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship ring. Ted Leonsis will also present the winner with a physical replica of the Championship ring, which was designed by Jostens and presented to the Capitals players who won the 2018 Stanley Cup trophy. The package also includes VIP access to a Capitals Open Practice at MedStar Iceplex, an autographed puck, a street pole banner from the 2018 Stanley Cup parade, and a personalized, white Away Jersey, the same style worn by Capitals players during Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.   

·         Capitals Stanley Cup Banner 

There will be sixteen minted, available at $499.99 each. Sixteen corresponds to the sixteen wins it ultimately takes to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals raised the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Banner at Capital One Arena on Oct. 3, 2018.

The second theme is the Capitals Screaming Eagle Collection. The Screaming Eagle logo was first introduced and featured on Capitals jerseys in 1995 in the blue, black, and bronze color scheme. The symbol of the screaming eagle preying in the downward design direction evokes the energy, power, and speed of an attacking eagle. The Capitals will offer an exclusive Capitals Past to Present VIP experience as outlined below. To honor the year 1995, when the screaming eagle jersey was introduced, fans may purchase a limited number of 95 digital Screaming Eagle exclusive jerseys.    

·         Capitals Past to Present Experience    

This is a 1 of 1 minting to be sold in an auction format. In addition to the NFT, the buyer will receive two glass seat tickets to a 2021-22 regular season Capitals game, be able to watch warm-ups from the penalty box, participate in an ice resurfacer ride during intermission, receive a personalized Screaming Eagle jersey, and participate in a meet-and-greet with a Capitals legend.   

·         Screaming Eagle Digital Collectible Jersey   

There will be ninety-five minted, available at $100.21 each. 

About the Artist 

Robert Generette III is an award-winning illustrator, educator, and self-proclaimed “vector art monster” based in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Under the pseudonym Rob Zilla III, he uses an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil to create compelling sports illustrations and portraitures for clients ranging from Nike, NBA (Wizards & Warriors), Major League Soccer (L.A. Galaxy & DC United), ESPN, Cycle, XBOX, and Adobe.  

On Sale Date 

ALL CAPS All-Digital Fan Collectibles will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. EDT on July 15 through 9:00 p.m. EDT on July 17, exclusively on OpenSea.  

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About Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment is America’s leading sports and entertainment family. Our people, players, teams, and events bring excitement and joy to millions. We invest and innovate to consistently raise the game so we can deliver extraordinary experiences that will inspire and unite our community, our fans, and our people. To learn more, please visit www.monumentalsports.com.

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To Be Sold for $70 Million, with Proceeds Used to Support NFT Purchases at MoMA

The auction of works by Renoir, Picasso, Bacon, and Rousseau will help the museum increase its online presence and maybe buy NFTs.

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This fall, the William S. Paley Foundation will hold an auction featuring works of art valued at at least $70 million in order to increase the digital presence of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and possibly acquire the institution’s first NFTs.

Since the passing of the co-founder of CBS in 1990, William S. Paley’s collection has been maintained by MoMA. Sotheby’s has been hired by Paley’s namesake organization, which includes endowment funds for museums and educational and cultural activities, to auction off 29 of the 81 items in the MoMA collection.

The sale proceeds will go toward growing the museum’s online presence. MoMA’s director Glenn Lowry stated in the Wall Street Journal that the museum had suggested several potential uses for the funds.

MoMA may start its streaming service, organize online exhibitions and video discussions with artists, or work with colleges and training organizations to offer online courses. More importantly for cryptocurrency enthusiasts, MoMA might also buy its first NFTs.

According to Lowry, the museum has a dedicated team monitoring the digital art scene to hunt for suitable artists to collaborate with or buy from.

In the interview, he added of NFTs, “We’re aware that we lend an imprimatur when we acquire things, but that doesn’t mean we should shun the domain.

What’s on offer?
The William S. Paley Foundation and MoMA have an agreement that gives MoMA the final say in how the collection is used. Other humanitarian endeavors championed by the late Paley will receive a tiny share of the proceeds from the autumn auction.

Most of the collection’s most famous works, such as Picasso’s “Boy Leading a Horse” from 1905–06 and Matisse’s “Woman with a Veil,” are not for sale. Rousseau and a Renoir, on the other hand, will be sold at auction, according to Lowry.

According to Sotheby’s, Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of Henrietta Moraes” will be auctioned for at least $35 million in London in October, and Pablo Picasso’s “Guitar on a Table” will be sold for at least $20 million in New York this November.

It’s anticipated that the collection would bring in between $70 and $100 million.

Despite not yet owning a tokenized work of art on the blockchain, MoMA has already contributed to the development of NFTs. The MoMA gave all of its collection’s information in November of last year to the Unsupervised exhibition and NFT project by AI artist Refik Anadol.

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How NFT Projects Are Setting Up For Ethereum’s Network Shift to Stay Ahead of the Merge?

This week is finally predicted to see the occurrence of one of the most important occurrences in the history of cryptocurrencies. 

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The blockchain network will completely switch from its existing proof-of-work consensus process to the proof-of-stake model thanks to Ethereum’s significant software upgrade, known as The Merge. Ethereum is anticipated to carry on as usual, except that PoS authentication of cryptocurrency transactions will now be used instead of PoW.

Ethereum.org states that “The Merge signifies the combining of Ethereum’s new proof-of-stake consensus layer, the Beacon Chain, with its existing execution layer (the Mainnet).” It does away with the necessity for energy-intensive mining and instead uses ETH stakes to safeguard the network.

Sustainability, scalability, and security are the three key areas of concern that The Merge seeks to solve. Researchers at the Ethereum Foundation claim that the new architecture not only paves the way for future scaling improvements like sharding but also significantly cuts Ethereum’s energy consumption by more than 99% because miners won’t have a financial incentive to run computers constantly.

Further modifications to the NFT market are anticipated due to the switch from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake. The Merge may improve the tokenomics of the entire market, broaden the range of cryptocurrencies it supports, and potentially raise the price of NFT.

The bulk of NFTs are a part of the Ethereum blockchain, and many people are enthusiastic about the switchover because it is anticipated to use less energy, allowing users to mint and sell NFTs in a more environmentally friendly manner. However, other users worry that, as with every substantial technological change, there may be a chance for fraud, hacking, volatility, and confusion.

Do you have safe NFTs?
Due to duplicate NFTs existing as a result of the ETH proof-of-work chain and other future forks, it may be unclear which assets are “official” or “real.”

There is a chance that there will be two different types of NFTs when the merge is finished because Ethereum is projected to have at least one proof of work (PoW) fork that will continue to exist. Thus, NFT owners can experience a problem known as a “replay attack.” When a transaction is finished on one blockchain and then repeated on another, this occurs.

OpenSea, the largest NFT market, and well-known companies like Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club, have officially said that they will not accept the identical NFTs that are present on these chains. In a similar vein, Proof, the startup that is in charge of the Moonbirds NFT project, has stated that it will neither acknowledge or support any forks that are made after a merging.

The Merge will quickly establish itself as the dividing point between PoW-era and PoS-era NFTs. One of the first projects to launch during Ethereum’s new phase will be Supercute World’s SELFi3STM NFT collection. The project will be powered by Web3 developer platform, Alchemy, and will showcase the company’s new full stack NFT development capabilities.

Nikil Viswanathan, cofounder and CEO of Alchemy, stated, “Our objective has always been to bring web3 to a billion people, and we see NFTs being a crucial driver of that adoption.” We’ll keep investing in our full-stack NFT development offering and supporting innovative, exciting new projects like Supercute World to help reach that aim.

The first completely inclusive NFT initiative is SELFi3STM by Supercute WorldTM, which offers male, female, and gender-neutral variants so users can develop and represent the greatest versions of themselves online. Without ever changing the rarity score, holders will be able to select the best version of themselves.

The upcoming collection of 7,777 SELFi3S from Supercute World is anticipated to debut in October. Visit the website and follow the project on Twitter to keep up with developments and learn more about Supercute WorldTM.

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‘LG Art Labs,’ a new NFT marketplace, is introduced by LG Electronics

The second major South Korean television manufacturer to do so this year is the electronics giant, which just opened its own NFT marketplace.

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The “LG Art Labs” NFT marketplace has just been released by LG, a South Korean electronics business, and is now accessible to all US LG television owners running webOS 5.0.

From the comfort of their homes, users may purchase, sell, and trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) through the marketplace, which is available from the LG home screen.

NFTs are non-fungible tokenized blockchain representations of non-fungible assets, making them distinct and irreplaceable. Similar to how antiques and works of art are frequently non-fungible in the real world, NFTs on a blockchain ledger typically represent digital versions of these items.

Wallypto, LG’s in-app cryptocurrency wallet created by the Hedera network last September, manages transactions on LG Art Labs.

Hashgraph, an alternative distributed ledger system (DLS) to blockchain that offers lightning-fast transaction times, highly functional smart contracts, high energy efficiency, and transaction fees that amount to only pennies, is the DLS that Hedera employs.

On August 12 of this year, LG submitted an application to register the Wallypto patent.

The two companies initially collaborated when LG joined other tech giants like Google, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, and Ubisoft on Hedera’s governing board in 2020.

LG Electronics enters the NFT market

LG is not the first Korean TV maker to integrate NFT trading into the viewing experience.

To develop a new NFT marketplace for owners of Samsung TVs, Samsung announced a partnership with NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway in March of this year.

Through a smart TV interface unveiled in January, users may view, purchase, trade, and display NFTs.

The Samsung MICRO LED, Neo QLED, and The Samsung NFT Platform supports the Frame TV models from 2022.

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