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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

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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

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

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Curry, James, Warriors, Cavs Top List Of Best-Selling NBA Jerseys, Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 24, 2017: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have won the past two NBA titles and are on a path that could see them meet again this June.

So it comes as little surprise that players from the two teams hold the top positions among best-selling jerseys, or that the Warriors and Cavs are No. 1 and No. 2 on the list of best-selling team merchandise.

Perhaps what might be surprising is that two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Warriors, and not LeBron James of the defending champion Cavs, has the best-selling jersey in the league, with teammate Kevin Durant, in his first season with the Warriors after leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent, is No. 3.

James of the Cavs is No. 2 on the list and teammate Kyrie Irving is No. 4.

The Top 5 also includes Russell Westbrook of the Thunder.

James does lead in perhaps a more lucrative category: shoes.

His Nike’s are No. 1 on the list, followed by Irving (Nike), Kobe Bryant (Nike), Chris Paul (Nike Jordan) and Durant (Nike). Curry’s Under Armour kicks are No. 9.

Results are based on sales at NBAStore.com October 2016 through December 2016. Financial figures were not shared.

Curry and James retain their 1-2 jersey sales position from the previous list, which covered the period from April-June 2016.

The Warriors have the most players, three, among the Top 15, with Klay Thompson at No. 11.

Dwayne Wade, who joined the Chicago Bulls this season after 13 years with the Miami Heat, is No. 6.

Derrick Rose, who moved over from the Bulls to the New York Knicks for the 2016-17 campaign, is No. 10, but is second on the team behind second-year player Kristaps Porzingis.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is the lone newcomer among the Top 15, coming in at No. 14.

The Top 5 among team merchandise behind the Warriors and Cavs are the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bulls and the Knicks. In the previous list, the Cavs were No. 1, the Warriors No. 2.

Among the notables missing from the current list who were among the Top 15 in the previous list are Kobe Bryant (No. 3) and Tim Duncan (No. 11), both retired; and Draymond Green (No. 7) and Andre Iguodala (No. 14), both of the Warriors.

Most Popular NBA Jerseys
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
8. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
9. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
10. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Most Popular Team Merchandise
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Boston Celtics
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. Toronto Raptors

Most Popular Shoes
1. LeBron James (Nike)
2. Kyrie Irving (Nike)
3. Kobe Bryant (Nike)
4. Chris Paul (Nike Jordan)
5. Kevin Durant (Nike)
6. Derrick Rose (adidas)
7. John Wall (adidas
8. Carmelo Anthony (Nike Jordan)
9. Stephen Curry (Under Armour)
10. Michael Jordan (Nike Jordan)

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