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• 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.

• 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.

• 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."

• 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

Full story here.

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Channel Chasers

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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Jun062019

MLB Pre-All-Star PSA Campaign Supports Boys & Girls Clubs With Whatever It Takes

By Barry Janoff

June 6, 2019: As a lead-in to the All-Star Game in Cleveland next month, MLB has unveiled a multi-media campaign  in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, featuring Francisco Lindor, Indians shortstop and upcoming All-Star ambassador.

The bilingual effort, "Whatever It Takes," is anchored by a 30-second spot, the English version narrated by JB Smoove and the Hispanic version by Mario Lopez.

Lindor says his lines in English in one, in Spanish in the other.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the official charitable partner of MLB, an alliance now in its 23rd year.

The spots break this week via MLB media channels including MLB Network, MLB.com and other social platforms.

They will also air throughout national MLB programming this season and in ballparks league-wide, including Progressive Field during the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby and related events. 

The effort is part of the “Players Going Home” program through the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

“Players Going Home” gives athletes the “opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude and appreciation to those who have helped them along their path to Major League success — in their hometowns and/or the places they now call home.”

“Francisco has devoted much of his time and energy to children throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and he is the perfect representative of our sport in this effort with our great partners at Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” Melanie LeGrande, vp-social responsibility for MLB, said via the league.

“Like Boys & Girls Clubs, we also believe in launching great futures and supporting healthy communities, especially through baseball and softball as a tool for youth development.”

The spot shows Lindor sitting in a neighborhood baseball dugout with a group of young players.

The voiceovers offer, “There’s a place where young people go. And to each of them it means something different. For some it’s help with homework. For others, it’s a trusted friend to talk to. And for some, it’s simply a field to play on.”

Lindor, in his Indians uniform, leads the kids onto the ballfield. “Let’s go, It’'s game time."

The voiceover continues, “Major League Baseball is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Because you do whatever it takes to support major league dreams and build great futures.”

“As a kid, I was fortunate to have a lot of good people around me that assisted me with my development on and off the diamond,” Lindor said via Boys & Girls Clubs.

“I will never forget those who helped me and will strive to give back and provide guidance to our youth in spirit of those who helped me on my journey. Youth are our future and an organization like Boys & Girls Club only brightens that future.”

According to Jim Clark, president and CEO for Boys & Girls Club of America.“The new spot is a grand slam and highlights how Major League Baseball and their players partner with Boys & Girls Clubs to create great futures for America's youth.

"Boys & Girls Clubs of America is especially grateful to MLB, the Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor for their early and ongoing support of the 2019 ‘Whatever it Takes’ campaign showing the myriad of things that Clubs do to help young people succeed in life.”

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