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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

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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

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

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Mar282019

Concession Confession: MLB Fans Love Home Runs, Home Wins, Hot Dogs

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2019: When people start going out to the ball park today, Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season, they will be looking for a sweet home team victory, home runs and hometown hot dogs.

People in MLB stadiums this season are expected to consume about 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages, according to a survey from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

That’s a lot, but actually down from more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages consumed last season.

The 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.

As far as toppings, 71% of people in the U.S. who eat hot dogs add mustard, followed by ketchup (52%), onions (47%), chili (45%) and relish (41%).

"It's easy to see why hot dogs and sausages have been stadium staples since the very beginnings of Major League Baseball itself," Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC president, said via the Washington D.C.-based group.

”They are delicious, convenient and nostalgic. What would America's pastime be without these most American of foods?"

The Los Angeles Dodgers top MLB, with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. In second, with 1.2 million hot dogs expected to be consumed is the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field.

San Francisco Giants fans are predicted to consume 450,000 sausages in Oracle Park, with Cubs fans not far behind at 400,000.

As in past years, the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park is the sole MLB venue where sausage sales will outpace hot dogs.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people in America “typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period,” according to NHDSC.

While old favorites will always be on the menu, the coming season will have some culinary surprises.

"In 2019, hot dogs will continue to prove their versatility at ballparks nationwide with versions that reflect our dynamic culture and changing tastes," said Mittenthal.

”It's exciting and mouth-watering to see new takes on old classics that definitely are not your granddad's dog!"

Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets last year.

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (36 million-plus pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia.

At the ball park it’s not just hot dogs. How about pizza.

People in the U.S. eat three billion pizzas a year, with annual U.S. pizza sales upward of $39 billion, according to NHDSC. On any given day, 13% of people in the U.S. eat pizza.

Some places have sought to combine both, such as Domino’s, which has a pizza offering with a crust stuffed with hot dogs.

Pepperoni leads the list of most popular pizzas, followed by sausage, mushroom and plain cheese.

The overall U.S. sausage market is valued at $7.7 billion, of which Italian sausage is $550 million.

Total U.S. pepperoni sales in 2018 topped $526 million, up 9.4% from 2017. By quantity, 63.5 million pounds of pepperoni was sold, an increase of 5.8%.

Among some MLB stadium offerings this season:

Arizona Diamondbacks: "All Day Breakfast Dog" has hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion put onto an 18-inch hot dog.

Baltimore Orioles: "Crab Mac ‘N Cheese Dog," a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and a generous lump of crab meat, seasoned with Old Bay.

Chicago Cubs: “Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.

Cincinnati Reds: "The Nacho Dog," a hot dog topped with jalapenos, nacho cheese, salsa and tortilla chip crumbs.

Detroit Tigers: "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.

Los Angeles Dodger: “Dodger Sausage," which stuffs a grilled, al pastor sausage with pineapple chunks and tops it with pineapple salsa and cilantro-lime crema. Also, the "Going Yard," a 16.5-inch jalapeño cheddar sausage topped with grilled onions, roasted corn and avocado relish, drizzled with sour cream."

Minnesota Twins: “Boomstick," a two-foot-long creation smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños

San Francisco Giants: ”Pineapple Polish Sausage," a sweet and savory mix of pork and pineapple chunks.

St. Louis Cardinals: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog," a jumbo hot dog wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, served on a locally made jumbo bun and topped with baked beans, pico de gallo, spicy aioli and crispy fried onions.

Texas Rangers: ”RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, with a blend of savory, sweet and spicy.

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