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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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Kobe Bryant Shines Spotlight On Post-NBA Life With "Dear Basketball' Movie Deal

By Barry Janoff

May 5, 2016: On April 14, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game, then spoke to a packed Staples Center crowd, friends, family and other players, ending his message of thanks by referring to his "Black Mamba" nickname, with the words, "Mamba, out."

Now, a new deal to create a multi-layer platform based on his official retirement letter/poem, "Dear Basketball," has Kobe saying, Mamba, in."

Prior to his final game, Bryant already had started to transition to life after his 20-year NBA career, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, through business and marketing efforts under the corporate umbrella, Kobe, Inc.

Bryant, via his Kobe Studios, launched this past February, has now unveiled its first project: Working with Time Inc.'s  Sports Illustrated Group, digital entertainment company Believe Entertainment Group and the likes of renowned animator Glen Keane and five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams to bring "Dear Basketball" to the screen.

Bryant published the ode on The Players' Tribune in November.

Dear Basketball is scheduled to premiere this fall as an animated short film on SI.com, which will be accompanied by  a series of mini documentaries "taking viewers behind the scenes of the animation process."

Support will see the project touted across SI Group platforms. In true Hollywood fashion, SI, Kobe Studios and Believe Entertainment Group will co-host a red carpet premiere event.

“We are proud to collaborate with Kobe to tell the comprehensive story of his first endeavor after retiring from the NBA in a way that only SI can,” Rich Battista, president for the Time Inc. Entertainment and Sports Group and Video, said in a statement. “We are excited for Kobe’s fans and the global community of sport, entertainment and art enthusiasts to experience these productions.”

Keane, whose work includes such classic animated features as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Tangled, will head the production.

Williams, who has composed film scores for the likes of Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., Jurassic Park, the Harry Potter films and Star Wars, is heading up the music.

According to Bryant, “Dear Basketball is the perfect tribute to something I’ve loved for so long. Glen and John are two legends in their industries, so to partner with them on the creative process is a dream come true. Working with Sports Illustrated on this special project is an amazing opportunity to hopefully inspire fans all over the world."

Bryant has been involved with or the focus of other cinematic projects, including Kobe: Doin' Work (2009), a documentary from Spike Lee; and last year's Kobe Bryant's Muse, which aired on Showtime.

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