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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr092019

LeBron James' Old Home Gets A New Name: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 9, 2019: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quicken Loans Arena is being renamed for one of its divisions, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, all under the auspices of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

The venue opened in 1994 as Gund Arena, for then Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund, who paid for the naming rights. Gilbert bought the building and team from Gund in 2005 and renamed it after his company, Quicken Loans.

Fans quickly began to call it the “Q.”

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which will host the NBA All-Star Game in 2022 (the league’s 75th anniversary), has been undergoing a $185 million renovation.

The venue is also home to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.

The name was officially unveiled during a ceremony (and media conference) this afternoon, with attendees including Gilbert, Cavs GM Koby Altman and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse signage will be prominently featured on the new glass facade that spans the entire north side of the building.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse branding will be installed over the coming months and includes exterior and interior signage, LED roof signage, the Cavs and Monsters playing surfaces and other assets throughout the arena.

The now-named Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse was home to LeBron James from 2003-10 and then 2014-18, highlighted by the team’s only NBA championship in 2015-16.

“Since 1994, Cleveland has shared countless unforgettable moments at this arena. From hosting world-class music acts to multiple NBA Finals games, the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse has been the epicenter of entertainment in Cleveland for decades,” said Gilbert.

“Today marks the beginning of the next chapter in the evolution of this incredible facility, as not just one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment venues, but a hub of technology that is leading the charge in innovation, efficiency and fan experience.”

Fan Appreciation Night tonight when the Cavs host the Charlotte Hornets will include a button giveaway with a takeoff of the Rocket Mortgage slogan: "Push Button And Win" (Push Button. Get Mortgage), with the team offering opportunities to win prizes throughout the game.

A special halftime concert will feature hip-hop artist/producer Flo Rida.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will close in mid-May to complete the renovation in time for the grand reopening on Sept. 30.

According to Detroit-based Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner, “Cleveland has been a great home to us for many years, not only because of the arena naming, but also because our highly successful 600-team member downtown office.

“We are thrilled to see our Rocket Mortgage brand take center stage while we join the Cavaliers in this exciting new era of Cleveland sports and entertainment history.”

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