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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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Jan152019

MLB, Discovery Education Sign Alliance To Bring Science Of Baseball Into Classrooms

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 15, 2019:
In an effort to make the game more accessible to school kids and raise awareness of baseball’s use of science and STEM concepts, MLB has signed a multi-year alliance with Discovery Education, a leading provider of digital curriculum, content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

The collaboration will see educators using Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks to “help students connect the world of baseball to key science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts through real-world data and exciting game-day experiences that fuel deeper engagement.”

A variety of MLB-themed content has been integrated into Discovery Education’s STEM Connect and Steaming Plus services.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks are currently used by some 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada.

“Major League Baseball is excited to launch this innovative partnership with Discovery Education, which reflects our shared goals of engaging students across the country, particularly in science and STEM,” Barbara McHugh, svp-marketing for MLB, said via the league.

“We believe this high-quality digital media learning tool will offer educators an opportunity to drive greater understanding of science and STEM, particularly in their application to careers within our sport, and help students discover the beauty of our game year-round.”
 
The videos, produced by Discovery Education, showcase a variety of MLB careers and help students connect what they are learning in school to multiple career options in MLB.

That includes groundskeeper, data analyst and baseball operations executive.

The partnership launched during a special event in the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Deep Creek Middle School, during which Nicole Sherry, head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles (pictured), worked alongside area students as they analyzed turf samples taken from Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

An intro promo spot also features Devin Pickett, baseball information coordinator for the Chicago White Sox and Sue Lucchi, vp-ballpark operations for the New York Mets.

As part of the alliance, information from MLB’s StatCast, which collects and analyzes baseball data, will be part of a baseball-focused STEM Project Starters platform.

Students will be asked to solve such questions as “How does stadium altitude affect the number of home runs hit there?” or “How does a playing surface impact a player's speed?” 

In addition, Discovery Education Streaming Plus will be home to a new MLB-focused Content Collection, which will house a variety of baseball-themed curriculum assets — including “best of” videos and images from MLB archives.

According to Scott Kinney. president for Discovery Education K-12 Education, “At Discovery Education, we believe a strong background in science and STEM is critical to today’s students’ future success.

“Major League Baseball shares this belief, and we are honored to partner with their talented team to bring students and teachers unique, relevant, real world content that drives the deeper student engagement in science and STEM that we know leads to improved academic achievement."

Silver Spring, Md.-based Discovery Education is a subsidiary of global media and communications company Discovery, Inc.

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