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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.” 

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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

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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 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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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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Mayweather Jr. Going Global: Signs Deal For MMA Match In Japan On New Year’s Eve

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By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2018: Mayweather Jr.: ‘I Was Blindsided’ About Arrangements For Japan MMA Deal

November 5, 2018: Following his fight with Conor McGregor in August 2017, during which UFC star McGregor converted from MMA style to boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked about a rematch that would take place in McGregor’s Octagon territory.

Mayweather Jr. has followed up on that, but not with McGregor.

Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Japanese MMA promotions company Rizin Fighting Federation to meet Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, current RISE Featherweight World Champ, scheduled for New Year’s Eve in the Saitama Super Arena.

The match, Rizin 14, still has a lot of holes to fill, including what rules the fighters would follow (boxing, MMA, a combination), finances, marketing deals, PPV options and licensing.

At a press conference in Japan on Monday (Sunday evening in the U.S.), a banner behind the fighters included logos from Mayweather Jr.’s The Money Team, Rizin and Cygames, a video game company based in Tokyo.

Although he realizes that some critics might see this as a a publicity stunt, Mayweather Jr. said he is all-in, and that he intends to build his business and following in Japan and Asia.

‘”My team and I said ‘’Let's do something different’,” Mayweather Jr. said at the press event. “Let's go to Japan and give people what they want. This is about me displaying my skills against another skilled fighter. This is about entertainment.”

But when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is involved in a project, there is also the priority of finances.

“I couldn’t choose a better company than Rizin (to work with),” said Mayweather Jr. “Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters. My relationship with Rizin doesn’t stop here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.

“I want to continue to build my relationship with The Money Team Tokyo and bring other fighters here so my company can continue to grow. So Rizin can continue to grow. We look forward to taking the Mayweather banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”

Mayweather Jr.’s promotion and deals here are being handled by One Entertainment, NY, which has represented Mayweather Jr. on other international deals, and also lists among its endeavors film, music, corporate and cause marketing activation.

“Risin and I sat down the last couple of weeks to come up with things that make sense for a long-term partnership and opportunities,” Brent Johnson, managing partner and CEO for One Entertainment, said during the press event.

“This fight, this deal will make sense as far as the money goes. There will be licensing, There will be other opportunities that we will explore. This is the Mayweather team coming together with Rizin.

“We have to make money on this for it to make sense,” Johnson said. I’ve been taught that by the guy sitting next to me.”

Mayweather Jr. took home more than $250 million from his 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and $300 million for his fight against McGregor last year, according to industry analysts.

Among his other endeavors Maywether Jr., 41, is building his Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations in the U.S. and internationally.

Also at the press event was Nasukawa and Nobuyuki Sakakibara, businessman and president of Rizin Fighting Federation.

Nasukawa, 20, was born in August 1998. At that time, Mayweather Jr. already had a boxing record of 17-0.

Mayweather Jr. has also talked about a rematch in the ring with Pacquiao, which would be a follow-up to his 2015 win.

The pair “accidentally” met in September during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo, during which Mayweather Jr. boasted, “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine figure payday on the way.”

Those plans were put on hold with Mayweather Jr.’s decision to instead fight Tenshin this year.

“I’ve already been to Tokyo eight or ten times, and I look forward to coming back more often,” Mayweather Jr. said at the media event. “I love that people from my team were able to come together to make this happen.”

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