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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

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

Full story here.

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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NBA, GE Healthcare Seek To Reduce Injuries By Understanding Cause, Effect

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 8, 2016: According to the NBA the most prevalent injuries that sideline players are those involving ankles (19.5%), knees (13.9%), thighs (9.7%) and the neck and/or back (9.3%).

In the current post-season alone, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were among the players who missed games due to significant injury. (Chris Bosh has missed the entire playoffs due to a blood-clot issue.)

In 2013, the NFL joined with GE Healthcare and Under Armour to "find and fund ideas to develop new solutions to diagnose and protect against traumatic brain injury."

In 2015, in an effort to "better understand, prevent, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries," the NBA and GE Health united to launch the Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Collaboration.

As with the NFL-GE Healthcare alliance, the NBA-Ge Healthcare alliance issued a call for proposals from doctors, researchers, hospitals and others that would address the issue, with several to be selected to receive grants to help fund their work.

“Tendinopathy — and specifically that involving the patellar tendon — is a common issue among basketball players at all levels,” Dr. John DiFiori, the NBA’s director of sports medicine, said in a statement. “The NBA is pleased to work with GE Healthcare to fund additional research in this area to increase our understanding of this condition as we seek to improve health outcomes and limit the impact on athletic performance for NBA players and the general population.”

Last week, the NBA and GE Healthcare unveiled he first round of winning research proposals, which focus on tendon injuries, specifically in the knee and ankle.

The proposals came from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (Dr. Jill Cook); two from the University of Calgary (Dr. W. Brent Edwards, Dr. Carolyn Emery), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dr. Kenneth Lee); the Hospital for Special Surgery, NY (Dr. O. Kenechi Nwawka); and Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam (Dr. Edwin H.G. Oei).

Full details on the proposals can be found here.

A second call for proposals, to deal with acute myotendinous injuries (focusing on injuries related to the knee), is scheduled for June.

“NBA players are among the best in the world, and the NBA is committed to their health and well-being, which is why we’re excited to team up with GE Healthcare and leading researchers for the benefit of the players and our game,” David Weiss, NBA vp/assistant general counsel, said in a statement.

“The projects we’re announcing today include important areas of focus for the NBA including injury prevention and youth health, as well as advanced technologies and methods such as new approaches to imaging, wearable technology and biomechanics," said Weiss.

According to John M. Sabol, PhD, chief scientist for GE Healthcare’s Global Research Organization,“The collaboration between GE Healthcare and the NBA has provided a unique opportunity to do high impact research.

"This call for proposals attracted dozens of high-quality submissions from leading tendinopathy researchers. Selection of the winning projects was a challenging task, relying on an independent scientific review panel of 22 academic and clinical experts to evaluate the scientific merit of the submitted research projects," said Sabol.

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