By Jamie Redman
The annual Sports Illustrated (SI) Awards have just revealed the line-up for the firm’s 2021 awards show that will broadcast live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This year, fans will be able to win a whole bitcoin from FTX as the crypto exchange has partnered with the SI Awards ultimate sports sweepstakes.
This Year’s Sports Illustrated Awards Features a Bitcoin Sweepstakes
The American sports magazine owned by Authentic Brands Group, Sports Illustrated, has been a very popular magazine since its inception in 1954. Since the day SI was created, for 67 years the company has presented the Sportsman of the Year award annually. This year, the SI Awards will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida on Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).
The 2021 SI Awards will also feature a sweepstakes with rewards provided by the crypto exchange FTX. Fans will have the opportunity to win a single bitcoin (BTC), tickets to the award show, hotel and airfare accommodations, and backstage passes to meet and greet with a “surprise athlete.” FTX has been very involved in the sports industry during the last year and sponsoring the SI Awards comes as no surprise.
FTX recently partnered with the MLB legend Shohei Ohtani, Tom Brady and Brady’s supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen. The firm is an official partner of the MLB and has also acquired the naming rights to the NBA Miami Heat’s arena and the professional esports organization TSM. Other prominent crypto companies are also diving deep into the world of sports as Crypto.com signed a massive deal with the MMA company UFC. Crypto.com also inked a 20-year deal for the naming rights to the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers.
FTX details in an announcement sent to Bitcoin.com News that the firm is “proud to present the most prestigious award of the evening, Sportsperson of the Year.” FTX further added that “honoring this year’s winner as an athlete who best represents the spirit and ideals of sportsmanship, character, and performance. Guests that attend the event will also receive an exclusive Sports Illustrated Awards NFT through FTX US NFT Marketplace to commemorate the event.”
In addition to the sweepstakes, the SI Awards will also be hosted by DJ Khaled and Cari Champion. The event will also showcase music performances by 2Chainz and DJ Irie. Other SI Awards attendees that will be in Florida will include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Lamelo Ball, Logan Paul, Rob Gronkowski, Suni Lee, Tyler Herro, Udonis Haslem, Billie Jean King, Brooks Nader, Camille Kostek, Chad Johnson, Candace Parker, DJ Carnage, Haley Kalil, and Jasmine Sanders.
The SI Awards are also produced by the firm Medium Rare, an agency dedicated to sports, celebrity, and brand-focused non-fungible token (NFT) assets. Medium Rare was behind the multi-million dollar NFT drops this year that featured the Golden State Warriors and Rob Gronkowski.
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