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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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May102016

NBA Goes 3x3 With Mountain Dew For National Hoops Tournament, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

May 9, 2016: The NBA said it is planning multi-media coverage to support the launch of its initial Dew NBA 3X, a national three-on-three hoops competition with title sponsor Mountain Dew.

The invite-only competition begins later this month in Atlanta and culminates on Oct. 23 in Los Angeles with the Dew NBA 3X National Finals. (Full schedule below)

Mountain Dew, a division of NBA marketing partner PepsiCo, earlier this year unveiled a TV spot with lead brand ambassador Russell Westbrook and NBA players Jimmy Butler and Julius Randle.

An updated spot will tout the Tour, and will be supported by print, Internet and social media.

A dedicated Web site will enable people to get updated results and information about the teams and events.

NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, has been named Dew NBA 3X ambassador. Payton, along with local NBA players and legends, are scheduled to make appearances during the six-city tour.

In addition to skills contests, celebrity DJs, food trucks and other on-site activations at each Dew NBA 3X tour stop, Mountain Dew said it would create a pop-up gallery showcasing basketball and youth culture-themed artwork submitted by local artists and fans. Mountain Dew said it would select "relevant artists in each city to curate the gallery and also contribute their own live art."

“Through our multi-year partnership with the NBA, we continue to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to Dew Nation that celebrate the game and lifestyle of basketball,” said Greg Lyons, Mountain Dew svp-marketing, said in a statement.

“At Dew NBA 3X, we are hosting talented players on the court and bringing the game off the court through onsite activities that combine the love of basketball, art and music, including an art gallery series designed and curated by local artists," said Lyons.

According to the NBA and Mountain Dew, at each Dew NBA 3X stop, more than 30 pre-selected men’s and women’s teams would participate in the 3x3 competition. Each two-day event will begin with pool play, followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket, resulting in city champions. (Details here.)

The winning teams in each city would qualify for the championship event of the tour in Los Angeles.

The championship men’s and women’s teams from the Dew NBA 3X Finals would then qualify for the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament.

The winning Dew NBA 3X men’s team would also qualify for the 2016 FIBA 3x3 All Stars, scheduled for November in Qatar, as well as a 2017 FIBA World Tour event.

The winning teams from the tip-off event in Atlanta also qualify for the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament, scheduled for this August in Colorado. 
 
According to Kiki VanDeweghe, NBA evp-basketball operations, “The upcoming tour is sure to attract impressive talent from across the country. “The 3X program allows us to continue growing the game of basketball by introducing fans to quality amateur play that will set the new standard for 3x3 competition.”

Dew NBA 3X Tour Scheduled Dates

• May 21-22, Atlanta (The Gulch)
• June 25-26, Miami (National YoungArts Foundation)
• July 30-31, Dallas (The Bomb Factory)
• Aug.13-14, Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
• Sept. 17-18, Houston (TBC)
• Oct. 22-23, Los Angeles (The Barker Hanger)

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