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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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Nothing But Net Gains: NBA Sets Marks In Attendance, Merch Sales, Social Media

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 11, 2019: The dust from the 2018-19 NBA season will not settle for some time, but the league already has clarity on how fans viewed the year.

Attendance for the 2018-19 NBA regular season was 21,964,447, fourth best all-time.

The league also set the all-time record for total sold-out games for the fifth consecutive year — 760 — while achieving 95% or more of arena capacity for the second consecutive year and second time in NBA history.

The NBA said with that the opening of Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and other venue changes, this past season's attendance numbers had even more impact.

“Coming off four straight seasons of total attendance records, the overall league attendance of 21,964,447 was even with last year when factoring in arena capacity reductions from new arenas and building renovations.

“These arena enhancements resulted in more than 141,000 fewer available seats from last season," according to the NBA.

Even with the arena capacity reductions, this year’s total attendance trailed only last year’s all-time record total (22,124,559), 2016-17 (21,997,412) and 2015-16 (21,972,129).

People bought more NBA merchandise, as well.

For the third consecutive year, NBAStore.com established a record for sales during the regular season, with overall sales up 10% over the 2017-18 season, according to the league.

Sales were aided in no small part by the move of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA said it established new records across social media this season with 918 million actions (+14%) and 11.5 billion total video views (+5%), breaking last year’s marks.

Overall, the NBA now has more than 1.6 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide. 

NBA League Pass also set a record for global digital subscriptions, +21% over last season’s mark.

This season, NBA League Pass introduced a variety of offerings, including options to purchase a single game at reduced prices after each quarter and the launch of NBA 10-Minute Pass, which provides ten minutes of real-time access to NBA League Pass (for 99¢).

One more record: 27,955 total three-pointers were made throughout the 2018-19 regular season, a new NBA mark.

And another: 13 different players scored 50 points or more in a game during the 2018-19 regular season, another NBA record.

The previous record for total three-pointers was 25,807, set in 2017-18.

The previous record for players with at least one 50-point game was ten, set in 2016-17 and matched in 2017-18, according to the league.

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