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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

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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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Apr132016

Nike, 2K, Apple, Team Kobe All On Board To Celebrate Bryant's Final NBA Game

By Barry Janoff

April 13, 2016: Nike, 2K, Apple, American Express, BodyArmor, ESPN, the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers are among the brands, fans, organizations and others activating for what has been unofficially declared "Mamba Day," representing the day of Kobe Bryant's final game in the NBA.

Bryant, who was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of Lower Merion (Ardmore, PA) High School as the 13th overall pick in 1996, had his draft rights acquired by theLakers about a week later (in exchange for Vlade Divac), and has been with the team ever since. That covers 20 seasons, 15 playoff appearances, five NBA titles and 18 All-Star Games.

Bryant's on-court achievements have led to a bevy of marketing deals throughout his career, and it is his current partners who have stepped up to honor him on April 13 en route to his last NBA game, against the Utah Jazz.

The NBA today ran full-page celebratory ads in USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, thanking Kobe for his contributions to the game.

In addition, the NBA Store in New York featured commemorative window displays and exclusive merchandise (as well as a discount for fans wearing Kobe gear).

Nike last week broke a multi-media campaign naming April 13 as "Mamba Day," a nod to Bryant's "Black Mamba" nickname. The effort included spots loaded with other athletes — all Nike endorsers — paying verbal respects to Bryant and promising to wear special Mamba Day shoes created by Nike.

The roster crosses sports boundaries and includes Kevin Durant, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Rob Gronkowski, Elena Delle Donne, Rory McIlroy, Rafael Nadal, Russell Wilson, Odell Beckham Jr., Kyrie Irving, Michelle Wie, Richard Sherman, Alex Ovechkin and Neymar Jr.

Nike followed that up with a spot, "The Conductor," in which fans, imitating life, both cheer and berate Bryant, which Bryant manages to turn into an orchestral maneuver in which he conducts the likes of his former coach Phil Jackson, Lakers' president Jeanie Buss, Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace.

2K Sports unveiled on April 13 a special-edition cover for its NBA17 Legend video game, featuring Kobe Bryant, complete with a TV spot, "Legends Live On," and other marketing support.

The game is set for release in September. But consumers who preorder have the opportunity to snag such goodies as a limited-edition Kobe poster, Kobe Panini trading cards, a Black Mamba game controller skin; and such digital content as 30,000 Virtual Currency, a MyTEAM Bundle + (includes three packs with guaranteed Kobe limited-use card), Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes, Kobe No. 8 Mitchell and Ness jersey and a Kobe hoodie. (Details here.)

ESPN, which is broadcasting Bryant's final game, broke on April 13 a spot for SportsCenter, which sees staffers signing a retirement card dedicated to Bryant.

Apple this week launched a spot for Apple TV, starring Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan, "Father Time."

Nike on April 13 launched a “Black Mamba Pack” eBay auction, featuring a full set of 13 autographed pairs of Kobe shoes. Proceeds benefit The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

American Express recently hosted a private event for card holders featuring Bryant and former teammates Rick Fox and Robert Horry. Content from the event — an extension of the partner’s “Teammate” platform — is being used on TNT, NBA.com and NBA/AmEx social media channels.

In 2013, Bryant became a significant investor in premium sports drink company BodyArmor, and over the past week has been public about his support for the brand via social media — including Twitter, where he has more than nine million followers — and elsewhere, although he does not actually appear in marketing efforts.

Earlier this year, BodyArmor launched its eighth flavor, Blackout Berry, inspired by Bryant.

Last week, AEG unveiled exclusive limited-edition items to honor Bryant, which included New Era headwear, adidas jerseys and T-shirts, jackets by JH Design Jackets and a pin line from Aminco.

Eight New Era 18K gold black lamb caps were priced at $38,024 each.

Eight diamond-studed cashmere caps were each priced at $24,008.

Lambskin leather jackets with snakeskin leather accents, Swarovski rhinestones, hand-crafted leather logos and a leather collar, cuffs and waistband, limited to 24, are going for $5,824 apiece.

According to Sean Ryan, vp-AEG Merchandise, "An athlete like Kobe Bryant only comes along once in a generation and to celebrate his incredible twenty year career we feel we have really captured it with the over forty five exclusive items available for fans who want to celebrate the history that they have witnessed."

Bryant is offering a section of items on his own Web site, as are the Lakers on their site. The Lakers also held a pre-game FanFest outside Staples Center — which as adorned with giant photos of Bryant — offering tickets to the game and the opportunity to take photos alongside the five NBA championship trophies of which Bryant was involved.

Brands, Stars Celebrate Kobe Career Conclusion

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