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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.” 

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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

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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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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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Aug182017

ESPN Takes QB Role In 2019 Celebration For College Football’s 150th Anniversary

By Barry Janoff

August 17, 2017: ESPN has unveiled details for the role it would play in celebrating a historic event in college football history, its 150th anniversary, promising to present in 2019 a  "year-long, multi-faceted story-telling experience to (share) the story of college football, like it's never been told before."

Beginning January 2019, ESPN said it would use its entire platform to "explore the sport from its modest beginnings shortly after the Civil War to the American cultural phenomenon it is today."

College football dates back to Nov. 6, 1869, when Rutgers University played the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in what is regarded as the first official game of college football.

On a broader scale, leaders in college football said they plan to celebrate the sport’s sesquicentennial in two years in conjunction with the NCAA and other college football groups.

The national effort is being overseen by Kevin Weiberg, veteran college athletics administrator and former Big 12 commissioner, who will be based in the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s headquarters, Irving, Texas.
 
"This is a very exciting moment for fans of college football," Weiberg said in a statement. "Across the country, college football is a deeply ingrained part of life for millions and millions of people.

"While it’s too soon to know our exact plans, we want to put something together that is big and special, something fans can be proud of. We will work closely with leaders from all divisions of college football to build a national celebration for fans to enjoy," said Weiberg.

The celebration will culminate Jan. 13, 2020, the scheduled day for the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans.

According to the National Football Foundation, the overall attendance for NCAA football games across all divisions (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III) in 2016 drew 49,315,857 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason games, an increase of 257,891 total fans over the 2015 season.

On TV, Fox Sports recorded its most-watched college football season ever in 2016 with an average audience of 1,320,000 viewers on the Fox broadcast network and FS1, representing a combined viewership increase of 11% over the 2015 season.

From Week 1-13 last season, some 179 million people watched more than 100 billion minutes of college football games on ESPN’s networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Deportes), according to the NFF.

ESPN unveiled a preview spot as part of its marketing support lead-in, which will run throughout the upcoming college season and then expand as the 150th anniversary coverage approaches.

Through the first seven and a half months of 2019, ESPN said it would "serve fans by featuring digital, mobile and social content examining and celebrating the unique history of college football before culminating in 150 consecutive days of cross-platform original storytelling"  beginning Aug. 17, 2019.

"We are extraordinarily proud to celebrate a sport that has had such a great influence on numerous generations,” John Skipper, ESPN president, said in a statement. "Our year-long exploration will showcase college football’s rich history, which is indelibly rooted in the fabric of American culture, and explore the current and future state of the sport.

"Fans can expect a comprehensive storytelling approach, presented creatively across the breadth of the ESPN platform."

ESPN said additional details on its 150th anniversary plans would be unveiled.

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