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• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” Full story here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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.” 

POLL POSITION

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
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).

Wednesday
Apr252018

Like Kobe, LeBron, KD, Curry Has A Production Company, Signs With Sony

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2018: He has NBA titles, MVPs and three-point awards attached to his career, but will Stephen Curry win and Emmy or Oscar in the future?

Like former NBA star Kobe Bryant and current stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Curry now has his own production company, Unanimous Media, which he founded with partners Jeron Smith (CEO) and Erick Peyton (CCO).

The all-star guard for the Golden State Warriors is trusting his creative process, signing a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sony called it the “biggest media deal of any athlete to date.”

According to Sony, Unanimous Media will “leverage the diversity and breadth of the studio's content platforms to develop and produce film and television projects with a focus on family, faith and sports themes.”

The deal will extend to opportunities in partnerships, electronics, gaming and virtual reality.

"Steph is a transcendent figure in current culture. His wide-ranging content creation interests overlap well with our varied businesses and we have been equally impressed with his team," Tom Rothman, chairman for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.

Unanimous Media — in 2015-16, Curry won the second of his two consecutive NBA MVPs, and was the first unanimous selection in league history — will have its production headquarters on the Sony Pictures backlot, Culver City, Calif.

According to Curry, "I've been blessed to have this platform and I want to use it to affect the world positively. Partnering with Sony to share inspiring content with a global audience was a foregone conclusion."

Curry comes with his own audience: He has more than 8 million followers on Facebook, 12.5 million on Twitter, some 20 million on Instagram.

Bryan Smiley, vp-production for Columbia Pictures, who oversaw the deal, will now oversee production and development with Unanimous Media for the motion picture group.

Jeffrey Godsick, evp-brand strategy and global partnerships, will oversee partnerships and brand extension opportunities across Sony platforms.

Chris Parnell, co-president for Sony Pictures Television, will oversee TV projects with Unanimous Media in both the scripted and non-scripted space.

"Sony's broader ecosystem perfectly aligns with our mission, vision and position,” Unanimous Media’s Smith said in a statement. “The essence of who Stephen is centers around inspiration and while there's an immense opportunity here, we see this as an anomalous adaption of social entrepreneurship. It's deeper than just business.”

James knows basketball, but he also knows TV and film production via his SpringHill Entertainment company.

Last year, Curry’s teammate Durant formed entertainment company, Thirty Five Media.

Kobe Bryant launched Granity Studios before he retired from the NBA following the 2016 season, and already has won an Oscar for his Dear Basketball and among other projects has a deal with ESPN.

Kobe Now Hangin' With Spielberg, Ron Howard

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