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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.” 

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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 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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NBA Continues To Build Alliances In China With Warriors, T-Wolves, Global Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 20, 2017: The NBA is strengthening ties with China and continuing to make inroads with fans and consumers, the latest move being the unveiling of two games to be played there next preseason as part of the league’s overall Global Games platform.

NBA Global Games China 2017 presented by Master Kong will feature two preseason games  between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves: Oct. 5 in Shenzhen in the Shenzhen Universiade Center and Oct. 8 in Shanghai in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The games will mark the Warriors' third trip to China following visits in 2008 and 2013; the Timberwolves will be playing in China for the first time.

The inclusion of the Timberwolves was inspired in part by Lizhang Jiang, a China businessman, who acquired a 5% ownership stake in the franchise this past July.

The NBA said that the two-game series would be supported by promoter iRENA Group and by a "robust roster of marketing and merchandising partners." The games will be available worldwide on TV, digital and social media.

"We are committed to bringing live NBA games to our passionate and growing fanbase in China," Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, said in a statement. "Beyond the action on the court, these visits allow our teams and players to experience a different culture and bond with one another through community service, fan events and involvement in the local community."

The two games are expected to include a plethora of NBA stars, including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with the Warriors; and Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony towns, Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio with the Timberwolves.

Curry has made trips to China through his deal with Under Armour; Durant has been there via his deal with Nike.

Thompson has a shoe deal with Anta, based in China.

Among others who have toured China for their shoe brands include LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and Kobe Bryant. Yao Ming, who was a star in China before playing with the NBA's Houston Rockets for nine seasons — and being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year — is one of the most popular athletes opf all-time in his native country.

Among its ties to China, the NBA has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei; works closely with the Chinese Basketball Assn., has a deal with Tencent to stream games via mobile, airs games via BesTV, has a dedicated Web site in Chinese, sells its products in upward of 50,000 locations and has a NBA Playzone family-themed destination in Shanghai.

The NBA also celebrates Chinese New Year in the U.S. with a multi-media campaign and products.

Following NBA Global Games China 2017, 14 NBA teams would have played 24 games in Greater China since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

According to NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, "The Warriors and Timberwolves will continue to showcase the authentic NBA experience in China this fall, and we are proud that following these games, nearly half of the league will have played in front of fans in China.

"The popularity of the NBA in China is at an all-time high, and the Warriors and Timberwolves will see that excitement firsthand in October."

NBA Global Games China 2017 will have numerous activations, including the sixth annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan (Oct. 7 in Shanghai). The league and its partners will conduct NBA Cares community events in both cities.

This past offseason, the Houston Rockets played the New Orleans Pelicans in Shanghai and then in Beijing.

NBA Global Games have also included London, Paris, Berlin and Mexico City among its destinations.

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