• State Farm has signed a deal to become the exclusive official insurer of the Big3-on-3 basketball league, including branding throughout Big3 arenas in all 18 cities this summer on basket stanchion pads, center court jumbotrons and courtside LED signage. The company will also present Big3 games played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on July 7.

• 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.

• CBS Sports Digital has unveiled MVP Sports Marketing, an “initiative that will help brands build strong and sustainable engagement in local sports communities around the country.” An in-house team will "leverage CBS Sports Digital’s deep community connections through its nationwide coverage of high school and college sports and partner with brands to “develop unique multi-faceted sponsorships that build brand equity, deepen consumer relationships and drive revenue.”

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google. Full story here.

• With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard just four weeks off, the league has unveiled the first fan ballot results presented by Google for the AL — and the numbers are very good for Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and George Springer. Full story here.

• 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.” 


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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

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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

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Weekend Box Office June 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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
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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


Tony Stewart Enlists Erik Estrada, Carrot Top For Burger King Campaign

Tony Stewart teaches students about the pros and cons of product endorsements.Erik Estrada hawks "Esss-traa-daa" sunglasses in new Burger King commercial.September 8, 2009: In these time of economic challenges, Burger King and Tony Stewart are turning altruistic for an ad campaign in which the Nascar driver will show other "celebrities" how to be successful with endorsements. The humorous effort, “The Tony Stewart School of Endorsements,” will show Stewart in four TV spots advising such "stars" as actor Erik Estrada, best known for his role as Ponch" Poncherello in the TV show CHiPs (1977-83), and comic Carrot Top, on endorsement pros and cons.

Support for the campaign, which touts the Whopper as Stewart’s favorite Burger King menu item, will also include Internet, anchored by an hour-long Webcast on Oct. 20 starring Stewart; in-store merchandising and a consumer sweepstakes. In addition, Stewart's No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet Impala SS will have a prominent Burger King paint scheme during the AAA 400 race weekend Sept. 25-27 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Stewart, who is currently leading the Nascar standings in the "Chase for the Cup" as a driver/owner with Stewart-Haas Racing, signed a multi-year deal with Burger King in July. Burger King's lead agency is Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Miami.

In the first self-titled spot, Stewart explains to students that they should “only endorse things you believe in," offering his devotion to the Whopper as a prime example. Estrada asks Stewart, "Why is no one buying my Erik Estrada sunglasses," which are oversized and emblazoned with the name "Estrada" across them.  [Burger King has actually created a Web site for the glasses, which comes with the disclaimer, "This product is entirely fictional and not for sale. If it were real, Tony Stewart probably wouldn't endorse it."] Carrot Top says, "Look at me. I have a million carrot crusher [machines] to unload. How do you do it, Tony?" [A Web site for this product also exists, with the same disclaimer as Estrada's.]

Three additional ads will be released throughout the campaign, culminating with “Polygraph Prep,” which finds Stewart hooked up to a polygraph machine to test his honesty about the Whopper endorsement. Stewart and Burger King will move the theme online where the driver will engage in a live polygraph test during the Oct. 20 Webcast at Beginning Sept. 28, consumers will be invited to submit and vote on questions that Stewart may answer.

Customers at Burger King will have a chance to win daily prizes such as BK Crown Cards and merchandise. The sweepstakes is offering as a grand prize the "Ultimate Tony Stewart Experience," including a day at Stewart’s race shop for themselves and three others. Details are available at participating Burger Kings and at or

“Tony’s enthusiasm for the flame-fresh taste of the Whopper sandwich is one of the key drivers of this partnership,” Russ Klein, president of global marketing, strategy and innovation for Burger King Corp., said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring his passion to life through this campaign and equally excited to be working with him in the coming years as part of our overall commitment to Nascar.”

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