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The MGM lion. Photo: Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The National Basketball Association has signed a sports betting sponsorship deal with MGM Resorts that could be worth up to $25 million, reports ESPN.

Why it matters: This is the first such agreement struck by a major pro sports league and a casino since the Supreme Court legalized sports betting in May.

It allows MGM to use league highlights, names, logos and its direct data feed for live betting with the NBA and WNBA. MGM will soon launch a mobile sports betting app and the league's properties will appear on the app, ESPN reports.

The NBA has been open to sports betting since 2014, but maintained that it deserved a piece of the pie for the content it provides. The league initially lobbied for integrity fee legislation that would deliver a cut of less than 1% of total bets made to the NBA.

It's unclear whether integrity fees are included in the three-year MGM contract, but the league is being similarly compensated. The American Gaming Association praised the compromise, saying such payments should be negotiated via contracts rather than mandated by legislators:

"We anticipate this is the first of many to come."
— Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at AGA

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Kaine, Collins' censure resolution seeks to bar Trump from holding office again

Sen. Tim Kaine (center) and Sen. Susan Collins (right). Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are forging ahead with a draft proposal to censure former President Trump, and are considering introducing the resolution on the Senate floor next week.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction, Axios Alayna Treene writes. "I think it’s important for the Senate's leadership to understand that there are alternatives," Kaine told CNN on Wednesday.

Stark reminder for America's corporate leaders

Rosalind "Roz" Brewer is about to become only the second Black woman to permanently lead a Fortune 500 company. She starts as Walgreens CEO on March 15.

Why it matters: It's a stark reminder of how far corporate America's top decision-makers have to go during an unprecedented push by politicians, employees and even a stock exchange to diversify their top ranks.

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Apple's quarterly sales top $100 billion for first time

Credit: Apple

Spurred by strong sales of the latest iPhones, Apple reported it took in a record $111 billion in revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31, as the company crushed expectations.

Why it matters: The move showed even a pandemic didn't dull demand for Apple's latest smartphones.