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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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“Tsunami,” “No Panic,” Don’t You Know,” “Dirty Craig” Ready For Players Weekend

By Barry Janoff

August 14, 2017: MLB has always been a breeding ground for great nicknames: "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio, Reggie "Mr. October" Jackson, Franke "The Fordham Flash" Frisch, Jay "Dizzy" Dean, Leo "The Lip" Durocher, Ozzie "The Wizard Of Oz" Smith and George Herman Ruth, who came with a plethora of nicknames (including "Babe", "The Bambino", "Sultan of Swat" and "Colossus of Clout").

This month, MLB picks up the modern-day gauntlet with Players Weekend, during which players will wear jerseys from Majestic with their hand-picked nicknames on the back.

Game-worn jerseys will be put up for auction at a dedicated MLB site, with 100% of proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

Some of the players were already known by the nicknames they selected, others delved into their past for nicknames of their childhood, others selected nicknames they felt were apropos for this special event and some chose nicknames to honor a parent or relative.

Some harken back to the short-lived and infamous days of the XFL, when players were allowed to wear nicknamed jerseys during games, led by Ron Smart’s "He Hate Me."

Among the MLB Players Weekend jerseys: “Hollywood” (Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks), “RedTurn2” (Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers), “No Panic” (Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays), “Don’t You Know” (Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners), “Tsunami” (Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals) and “Dirty Craig” (Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox).

Seeing-Hwan On, a native of Korea who is a relief pitcher for the Cardinals, has his nickname written in Korean. Conversely, Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who played three seasons for the NC Dinos in the South Korea Baseball Organization, is going with the nickname in Korean, "Sang Nam Ja,” the translated equivalent of “Real Man.”

"I think it's cool," A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks, aka “Pollo,” told MLB.com. ”Some guys will have nicknames that are way out there, and some guys have nicknames that people aren't really aware of, so I think it's going to be fun."

Added teammate Paul “Goldy” Goldschmidt, "I think it will be fun as a player to see what other guys across the league, what their nicknames are, because you don't know everyone's nickname, so that will be interesting,"

Other equipment is also being specially designed for the three-day event (Aug. 25-27), including hats from New Era and Stance socks.

According to MLB and MLB Players Assn., the "customized gear and colorful, non-traditional uniforms (were) inspired by youth league uniforms (and) conceived as a way to allow players and young fans to connect through the sharing of their interests and cultures while bringing attention to causes they support."

Players also have the opportunity to write on a patch on their right sleeves the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to their development. The patch features a new logo that "shows a progression of five players increasing in size to illustrate a player's path from youth leagues to Major League Baseball," according to MLB.

The special features of the Players Weekend games will be worn first by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cardinals during the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 20 as part of the 2017 Little League World Series.

In addition to putting their nicknames on the back of their jerseys, players were able to write in on a patch on their right sleeves "the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to their development."

"Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests," Tony Clark, MPBPA executive director said in a statement. “The collective desire to express their diverse interests and backgrounds is what motivated players to advocate for the creation of Players Weekend.

Several players have been named as Players Weekend Ambassadors to help promote the event: Yonder Alonso (Seattle Mariners), Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays), Nelson Cruz (Seattle), Ender Inciarte (Atlanta Braves), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Manny Machado (Baltimore) Orioles, Anthony Rizzo (Cubs), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) and Chris B. Young (Boston Red Sox).

"Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests."

Sabathia, Bo Schultz (Toronto) and Josh Thole (Diamondbacks) were among the players involved in developing the concept in conjunction with MLB and MLBPA.

In addition to Majestic jerseys, New Era hats and Stance socks, players are allowed to customize their spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats with color and imagery.

Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions, with 100% of proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.

The Foundation was launched in July 2015 with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on “improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.”

People can now shop for replicas of the Players Weekend jerseys at MLBShop.com ($199.99).

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