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• 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.” 

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 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.
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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.
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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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Nov202013

Foot Locker Plays Around With Sports History With Tyson, Holyfield, Favre

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2013: Mike Tyson "returns" Evander Holyfield ear, Dennis Rodman purchases a one-way air ticket to North Korea, Brett Favre learns to "walk away" and Craig Sager and Kyrie Irving join in to bring holiday cheer to the masses in a new humorous TV spot from Foot Locker.

The spot, "All Is Right," is part of Foot Locker's umbrella “Approved” sneakers and gear campaign. It also supports the New York-based specialty athletic retailer's annual “Week of Greatness” event, which includes a bevy of sneaker and gear releases.

“We’re thrilled to bring these legendary names together in one spot,” Stacy Cunningham, evp for Foot Locker, said in a statement. “We wanted to showcase the magnitude of this special event with a star-studded cast of memorable sports figures to kick off this year’s ‘Week of Greatness’ that offers an incredible assortment of premium product.”

The spot, which breaks on Thursday (Nov. 21), opens Irving of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in a playground hoops court talking to his friends about Foot Locker's “Week of Greatness” while showing off new basketball shoes.

"A whole week of premium kicks," says Irving. "It feels like all is right with the world."

The next scene sees Tyson knocking on the front door of Holyfield's mansion, then handing Holyfield a small box. "I'm sorry Evander," says Tyson. "It's your ear."

The scene references their heavyweight fight on June 28, 1997, when in the third round Tyson bit off a piece of his rival's right ear. Tyson also bit Holyfield's left ear during the bout but did minimal damage. Tyson was disqualified and then suspended from boxing.

Tyson actually apologized to Holyfield in public during a 2009 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Here, Tyson does his mea culpa by returning the ear piece. "I kept it in formaldehyde," Tyson explains as the two men embrace.

In the next scene, a ticket agent asks Rodman if he wants a round-trip flight to North Korea, where the NBA Hall of Famer has visited and spent time with Kim Jong Un, the nation's untouchable leader.

However, much to the joy of the agent and others in the terminal, Rodman asks for a "one-way ticket."

Retired NFL quarterback Favre is seen in a dinner finishing a meal. When the waitress asks if he needs anything else, Favre pushes away his plate and offers, "That was great. But a man's got to know when to walk away," contrary to the last few years of his career when he  waffled between retiring and joining new teams.

Sager, who infamously wear outrageous jackets while interviewing athletes, is seen throwing his "old friends" in to a barn fire.

The spot then returns to Irving, who smiles and says, "I don't know. things just feel different." (See the full spot here.)

Text offers, "The Week of Greatness is here," and directs viewers to its Web site, which lists the hoops shoes being released now through December, including those from Nike, adidas and Reebok.

The spot, from BBDO NY, is supported by Internet and social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

According to Irving, "I am excited to be a part of Foot Locker's ‘Week of Greatness’ for the second year in a row. This is one of the best weeks of the year to buy sneakers and gear, especially since ‘all has been made right’ by Foot Locker."

Recent humorous Foot Locker spots have including James Harden, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Shaquille O'Neal.

Harden Croons For Foot Locker

Shaq Casts Foot Locker Spell

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