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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.” 

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 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

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

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Mar162018

Barbasol Signs Multi-Year Alliance To Become MLB Leader In Games Shaved

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2018: One of the longest-running sports alliances in Madison Avenue history was between MLB and Gillette, which traced its roots back to 1910, became official in 1939 and ran through 2017.

For 2018, the league has signed with a new shave products partner, unveiling a multi-year, multi-faceted sponsorship agreement with Barbasol that extends across ballparks, media and retail.

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Beginning with the 2018 season, Barbasol said it would highlight its shaving cream, razors and other product launches with integrated branding across MLB broadcasts and such digital platforms as MLB Network and MLB.com.

Barbasol will take advantage of its MLB partnership to sell products featuring MLB branding at retail locations across the U.S., including three million cans of Barbasol shaving cream featuring the 2018 All-Star Game logo.

Barbasol, celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, already has a history with baseball, including endorsements from players including Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby, as well as football icon Knute Rockne.

Barbasol also has Hollywood ties, including using actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as a spokesman in the early 1930s.

The product itself has been seen in such movies as Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Evan Almighty and a key role in Jurassic Park, which led to Barbasol being used as part of the marketing campaign via special dinosaur-themed cans to promote the opening of  the Jurassic World sequel.

To support MLB Opening Day, Barbasol will unveil a sweepstakes offering a trip 2018 All-Star Week in Washington, D.C.

As an enhancement to its MLB sponsorship, Barbasol has signed sponsorship deals with three teams – the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians – and said it plans to expand with more clubs in 2019.

“Major League Baseball and Barbasol are two iconic brands that both occupy a special place in American culture,” John Price, president for Barbasol, a division of Perio, Inc., said in a statement. “Barbasol succeeded in its early years with endorsements from the likes of Rogers Hornsby and other famous players, so the national pastime is a part of our history.

“Now we’re proud to make baseball a part of our future and partner with MLB to showcase Barbasol to millions of fans in the coming seasons.”

Other deals MLB has signed in recent weeks include Snapple, SuperCuts, Mitel, Netspend and Kingsford, plus expanding its alliance with YouTube TV and unveiling a $30 million pact to air weekly, mid-day games exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Regarding the Barbasol deal, according to Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, “With historic ties to baseball, Barbasol is returning to the national pastime with retail and media promotions that will engage fans and showcase the MLB logo on store shelves nationwide.

“Barbasol is a great brand and we look forward to working with their team to develop unique ideas and marketing programs over the course of our partnership.”

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