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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

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

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Jun202017

NBA Officially Unveils Gatorade League With New Attitude, Marketing, Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

June 20, 2017: The NBA today officially unveiled the G League, its developmental minor league system that has been rebranded under a multi-year deal with Gatorade.

Gatorade was a founding partner of the league, dating back to the inaugural 2001-02 season, which debuted with eight teams as the NBA Developmental (D) League.

The Gatorade League comes with a rebooted Web site, enhanced merchandise offerings and online store, multi-media marketing support and a record 26 teams for the 2017-18 season, all of which are owned or operated by an NBA club.

Support also includes an updated NBA G League app, redesigned social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat; and a new official handle (@nbagleague) and hash tag (#NBAGLeague).

According to the NBA. the G League will debut on-court uniforms and "collaborate with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery."

Also new this coming season, which runs November-April 2018, NBA teams can sign up to two "two-way" players to NBA contracts. These contracts allow “two-way” players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending most of the season in the NBA G League.

Gatorade said it would "begin to incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and on-court performance."

"This is a pivotal moment for the NBA G League," Malcolm Turner, NBA G League president, said in a statement.

“The league is experiencing unprecedented success both on and off the court, and our partnership with Gatorade is helping to drive momentum and create exciting opportunities for innovation, sports performance and player development.”

Last season, almost 1.5 million fans attended games, marking the eighth straight year the league has surpassed one million fans, per the NBA.

The NBA said that 46% of players on 2016-17 end-of-season NBA rosters had NBA D League experience, while 65% of players selected in the NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm spent time in the NBA D League last season, including more than half of the first-round picks.

Since December, six NBA teams have unveiled G League ownership deals: the Atlanta Hawks (Erie BayHawks), Los Angeles Clippers (Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, Calif. ), Memphis Grizzlies (Memphis Hustle, located in Southaven, Miss.), Milwaukee Bucks (Wisconsin Herd, Oshkosh, Wisc.), Minnesota Timberwolves (Iowa Energy) and the Orlando Magic (Lakeland Magic).

The Washington Wizards said they have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA G League team. The team, which will debut for the 2018-19 season, is scheduled to play at the Wizards’ new facility in Ward 8 in Washington, D.C.

"The league is experiencing unprecedented success on and off the court, and our partnership with Gatorade is helping to drive momentum and create opportunities."

The NBA G League is set to grow to a record 27 teams for the 2018-19 season passing the record 26 for the upcoming season.

Washington’s new NBA G League affiliate, like the Wizards and the WNBA Mystics, will be owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

The G League team will play its 24 home games in a new venue on the campus of the former St. Elizabeths Hospital in southeast Washington. The St. Elizabeths facility, set to open in 2018, will also serve as the practice facility for the Washington Wizards and the home of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

"The NBA G League has been a great resource for us over the years, both for calling up talent and for allowing young players on our roster to gain more on-court experience," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, said in a statement. "Having our own team, selecting the front office and coaching staff and being able to implement our system will allow us to further enhance our player and staff development program moving forward." 

NBA Teams Sign In Record Numbers For G League Ownership

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