New York: A sports media company co-founded by Emmy Award-winning creator Gotham Chopra, six-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan announced it had raised $10 million in venture capital funding this week, which it plans to use to expand its online programming.
Religion of Sports was founded in 2016 on the premise that ‘sports are religion’. The company has produced hundreds of hours of popular programming across mediums with more than 250 million views/listens of its content, including the Emmy Award-winning Tom vs. Time, Stephen vs. The Game, Greatness Code, and Shut Up and Dribble.
“Our mission at ROS is to tell meaningful and inspiring stories from the world of sports,” said Gotham Chopra. “At a time of tremendous uncertainty and divisiveness across the planet, these stories of leadership, teamwork and overcoming obstacles resonate more than ever. With our new partners and the team we’ve built at ROS, I am excited about the opportunity we have to contribute to important conversations through the stories we tell.”
“Playing sports has always been about my love for the game and pushing myself to reach my highest potential,” added Tom Brady. “I’m proud to work with such a talented team at Religion of Sports that partners with groundbreaking creatives who explore what lies beyond just winning and losing, and I’m very excited to see their continued growth to bring these heart-pumping and inspiring stories to audiences across the globe.”
“My journey on the football field and in the world of media and broadcasting has taught me that you only make an impact when you build and are part of a great team,” said Michael Strahan. “That’s what we’ve accomplished at Religion of Sports, and as part of this new phase of our growth, it’s our commitment to grow that team and to invite new voices into the fold and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents to the world.”
In its short history, Religion of Sports has already had a significant impact on the sports media landscape. “The market for high-quality, original sports-focused content, centered around human and emotional stories, has exploded in the last few years, and ROS has been at the forefront of this growth,” said Ameeth Sankaran, CEO, Religion of Sports.