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• The NHL has signed what it is calling a “ groundbreaking partnership” with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which will “support research, action, advocacy and collaboration with organizations that have a significant community impact.” Full story here.

• Dick Vitale, 80, has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021-22 season, adding to a recent extension unveiled last May.

• Recently retired NBA star Tony Parker has been named president of NorthRock Sports, Artists and Entertainment, a division of Northrock Partners, a finance and lifestyle advisory firm that currently oversees $1.5 billion in assets, whose holdings include Golf Magazine, Golf.com and the Nicklaus Companies in partnership with golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

• The PGA Tour has signed a ten-year deal naming global consulting firm Korn Ferry title sponsor for the Korn Ferry Tour, replacing Web.com, which awards PGA Tour membership to the tour’s 50 leading players. The Los Angeles-based company also becomes the “official leadership development firm” for the PGA Tour.

• Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are the leading vote-getters in new All-Star Game ballot results released by MLB. Full story here.

• The WTA will premiere the NYJTL Bronx Open, Aug. 16-24, in the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in The Bronx, NY. The women’s tournament will take place the week before the U.S. Open in New York and offer $250,000 in prize money.

• SunTrust and BB&T financial firms said that Truist Financial would be the name of the company following their merger later this year. The name — “intended to give the bank a single, fresh identity” — could also become the new name for the home venue for the Atlanta Braves, now known as SunTrust Stadium.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

POLL POSITION

The Top Ten World’s Highest Paid Athletes
1, Leo Messi soccer $127M
2. Cristiano Ronaldo soccer $109M
3. Neymar Jr. soccer $105M
4. Canelo Alvarez boxing $94M
5. Roger Federer tennis $93.4M
6. Russell Wilson NFL $89.5M
7. Aaron Rodgers NFL $89.3M
8. LeBron James NBA $89M
9. Stephen Curry NBA $79.8M
10. Kevin Durant NBA $65.4M

Full story here.
SOURCE: FORBES

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 14-16
1. Men In Black International $28.5M
2. Secret Life of Pets 2 $23.8M
3. Aladdin $16.7M
4. Dark Phoenix $9M
5. Rocketman $8.8M
6. Shaft $8.3M
7. Godzilla $8.1M
8. John Wick 3 $6.1M
9. Late Night $5.1M
10. Ma $3.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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BodyArmor Strengthens UFC Alliance With Athletes, New Knockout Drink, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2017: Last month, BodyArmor signed a multi-year deal to become the official sports drink for UFC, beginning with the 2018 season.

BodyArmor has already upped the ante, unveiling a flavor, Knockout Punch, co-branded with UFC, as well as signing the first four UFC fighters to its roster of athlete endorsers.

The news came on the eve of UFC 217, being held in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, during a press conference attended by one of BodyArmor’s largest investors, NBA icon and entrepreneur Kobe Bryant.

Also in attendance were UFC president Dana White and Mike Repole, co-founder and chairman for BodyArmor.

The four new UFC BodyArmor athletes are UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou, UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo and UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson.

All but Watson were at the event in Madison Square Garden.

"It's a perfect fit all the way around, and we could not be more excited,” said White.

Bryant echoed that thought. offering, “It's just the beginning of a great relationship and a great partnership.”

The new flavor will be available in January. Marketing will support, featuring the new UFC brand ambassadors.

“We’re excited to join Team BodyArmor,” offered Garbrandt. “We’re taking over the Octagon.”

With the help of UFC, BodyArmor’s goal is to take down the giants in the sports-energy drink category, led by Gatorade.

It has numbers to back that up, including 110% increase in sales from last year, per BodyArmor.

“With the explosive growth that BodyArmor has seen in recent years, it’s an exciting time for the brand to team up with UFC,” Repole, who co-founded and built VitaminWater and then sold it to Coca-Cola for more than $4 billion, said when the deal with UFC was unveiled.

"A partnership between the fastest-growing sports drink and the fastest-growing sports organization creates a tremendous opportunity for BodyArmor to play an important role in the hydration needs of some of the best athletes in the world.,” said Repole.

BodyArmor said its roster of pro athletes, “who are also investors in the company,” includes James Harden, Mike Trout, Andrew Luck, Klay Thompson, Dez Bryant, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Anthony Rizzo, Kristaps Porzingas (of the hometown New York Knicks), Richard Sherman and Dustin Johnson.

Bryant is the third-largest investor in the brand, according to BodyArmor.

A key element to the new alliance will see BodyArmor supply its line of high-end sports hydration products: — BodyArmor sports drink and BodyArmor LYTE — to the UFC Performance Institute’s two “BodyArmor Hydration Stations.”

UFC said that BodyArmor would also serve as the presenting sponsor of select UFC weigh-in events and provide corner branding of stools, towels and buckets inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon during all U.S.-based events.

In addition, BodyArmor will have a presence on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

UFC Deal Takes BodyArmor To The Octagon And Beyond

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