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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.” 

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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

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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 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.
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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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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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Jun052019

M&M’s Sweetens Nascar Raceday Experience With VIP ‘Glampground’ Deal

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 4, 2019:
In an effort to bring fans closer to the action while offering VIP amenities, M&M’s has unveiled the M&M’s Glampground, a ”first-of-its-kind, all-inclusive glamping experience” that will provide Nascar race fans at Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway with what was called an “unforgettable weekend.’

Located in a private area in the infield at each venue, the M&M'S Glampground will provide a “turnkey, VIP option” for people looking to experience the race in a unique way.

Being offered for $500 for two (while inventory lasts), the Glampground includes 12’ x 14’ “glamourous” camping tents (choice of one queen bed or two singles); bathrooms with private showers; breakfast, lunch and dinner catered by local restaurants; activities throughout the weekend, including garage and pit tours, tailgate games and movies; and Wi-Fi access.

Glampground reservations for the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway, scheduled for July 13, have begun. (Details here.)

M&M’s said Glamping packages for the Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 7) M&M’s Glampground would be available later this summer.

Also part of the package: private garage tours and visits from M&M’s Racing team members such as Kyle Busch.

Nascar offers: “Space is limited, and at $500 per tent, will go fast!”

One restriction: M&M’s said, “To keep this an M&M'S fan-friendly experience, each tent has a carry-in limit of one 24 pack of beer.”

"We are delighted to unveil the M&M’s Glampground, the first ever sponsor-branded luxury camping experience at a Nascar race that we know all fans of M&M’s  and Nascar are going to love," Allison Miazga-Bedrick, brand director, M&M’s, said via the "official chocolate of Nascar."

"This is going to be a race experience like no other and we look forward to welcoming both returning and new race fans to the Glampground in Kentucky and Bristol. We encourage all fans to get their tickets now, with the experiences we have to offer they aren't going to hang around for long."

Among the other amenities for the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway:

• Two Kentucky Speedway Bluegrass Club weekend tickets

• Two Cold Passes for access to the Kentucky Speedway garage

• One FanVision and two headsets, allowing people to listen to race and driver communication.

According to Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry. “M&M’s always does so much for the fans, but if I wasn't racing, I'd probably book myself a spot in the M&M’s Glampground.”

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