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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

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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Jun102016

NBA Spot Anticipates '16 Draft With Images Of Rookies Towns, Porzingis, Okafor

By Barry Janoff

June 10, 2016: If Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray or any other members of the incoming class of players want to know how to act, what to expect and who to kiss and hug at the NBA Draft on June 23, they need only ask  Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner,  Frank Kaminsky or any of the other members from the rookie Class of 2015.

Or they can watch "Draft '16," a spot scheduled to break on ABC during Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 60-second spot, part of the league's umbrella "This Is Why We Play" campaign, takes viewers back to draft night last year to show how players reacted when commissioner Adam Silver called their names.

It also takes people back even farther, showing some of the families, friends, coaches, and others "who’ve helped these budding superstars achieve their dreams."

We see Towns, Porzingis, Okafor, Turner,  Kaminsky, Cameron Payne and Stanley Johnson in actual footage or photos from their youth, playing hoops on their driveway, at local playgrounds or in youth basketball leagues.

According to the NBA, the spot is "a powerful reminder that, when we make it, we don’t make it alone."

For incoming players, that also means hugging and/or kissing mom, dad, siblings and others when they officially cross over into the NBA on draft night.

The 2016 NBA Draft is scheduled for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the Nets, and will air on ESPN.

The spot will go into rotation in 60- and 30-second versions on ABC, ESPN and NBA TV now through draft night.

The 2016 Draft order barring trades: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic.

Last year, Towns was selected No. 1 overall by the Timberwolves and was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 18.3 PPG and 10.5 rebounds.

Russell was taken No. 2 by the Lakers, Okafor No. 3 by the 76ers, Porzingas No. 4 by the New York Knicks, Johnson No. 8 by the Detroit Pistons, Turner No. 11 by the Indiana Pacers and Payne No. 14 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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