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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

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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 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

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

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May242017

Despite On-Going Issues, Controversy, NBA Follows NCAA Back To North Carolina

By Barry Janoff

May 24, 2017: Even with opinions to the contrary, the NBA has decided the time was right to return to Charlotte, awarding the 2019 All-Star Game to the city, home to the Charlotte Hornets.

The game and events are scheduled for Feb. 15-17, 2019, in Spectrum Center.

“For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte," Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, said in a statement unveiling the decision. "Generations of families have attended games there, and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion for a team that is an anchor in the community."

The NBA planned to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte but switched the game and surrounding events to New Orleans due to North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, which impacted anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

The NCAA also pulled events out of the state due to the HB2 bill, but last month said it would again plan championship events in North Carolina after an amended HB2 bill was passed by state legislators.

The loss of the 2017 All-Star Game, NCAA events, concerts and business moves cost the state more than $2.6 billion, per industry analysts.

According to Silver, "While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law.

"Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies."

Silver said that all venues, hotels and businesses the league plans to work with during All-Star week "will adhere to these policies as well."

However, according to Chase Strangio, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project, "The HB2 replacement, House Bill 142, is no repeal — it is just a slightly restructured version of the same discriminatory mandates of its predecessor and once again singles out trans people for discrimination in both rhetoric and law . . .

"Showing just how quickly the defense of civil rights collapsed in the name of profit, the NBA and the NCAA have now further opened the door to new waves of discrimination in North Carolina and across the country," Strangio recently wrote on the ACLU Web site.

In an editorial last month when House Bill 142 was approved, the Charlotte Observer wrote, "House Bill 142 literally does not do one thing to protect the LGBT community and locks in HB2’s most basic and offensive provision. It repeals HB2 in name only and will not satisfy any business or organization that is truly intolerant of an anti-gay environment and of a state that codifies discrimination.”

Happy to see the All-Star Game to Charlotte was Michael Jordan, basketball Hall of Famer and chairman and majority owner for the Hornets.

"(We will) work with the Hornets to apply a set of equality principles to ensure every All-Star event proceeds with open access and anti-discrimination policies."

"We want to thank commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City," Jordan said in a statement. "All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.

"We look forward to serving as hosts for NBA All-Star 2019 and welcome all visitors and guests to Spectrum Center," said Jordan.

Concurred Fred Whitfield, president and COO for the Hornets, in a video posted to the team’s Web site, "It meant a lot that commissioner Silver really thought through the whole process and felt like, as a community, as a city, as a team, that we have put fourth our best effort in trying to be awarded the 2017 game.

"So for he and his team to allow us to claim the game back in 2019 and put our site on a global stage, which is something we worked so hard to do when we were awarded the 2017 game, it speaks volumes about our league and about the owners in the league who were supportive of the game coming back in 2019," said Whitfield.

"Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues," said Silver. "We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition."

The 2018 All-Star Game is scheduled for this February in Los Angeles.

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