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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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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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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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Dec022016

NBA’s Warriors Put Accent On Technology With Accenture Founding Partner Deal

By Barry Janoff

December 1, 2016: Chase Center, the $1 billion arena that will be the new home for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, is yet to be built and not scheduled to open until the 2019-20 season in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

But in anticipation of the opening, companies are aligning themselves with the venue and the team to garner maximum exposure, input and ROI.

The latest is global professional services company Accenture, which has signed a multi-year deal to become the team’s official technology innovation partner beginning this season and then a founding partner for Chase Center.

Accenture is the second founding partner, following United Airlines, the official airline partner for the team, which signed as a founding partner for Chase Center in October. Other such deals are anticipated.

JPMorgan Chase and the team unveiled a naming rights deal for the new arena this past January, estimated to be for 20 years at $15-$20 million annually, according to industry analysts.

The Warriors currently play in Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where they will remain until Chase Center is open.

Under the agreement, Accenture said it would work with the Warriors to "design and implement an immersive and engaging experience for the guests and fans of the arena, restaurants, retail businesses, offices and plazas that will comprise Chase Center and the surrounding district." (Artist rendition above.)

Accenture will also work closely with the team to "define and create the underlying technical architecture and assemble the ecosystem of partners required to implement the experience design for Chase Center."

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

Prior to the opening of Chase Center, the Warriors and Accenture said they would prototype and test solutions at Oracle Arena for potential use in Chase Center via a platform called "Fannovate." Accenture defined Fannovate as a "fan-involvement effort to capture input and ideas, the most promising of which could be incubated and prototyped as part of the Chase Center experience design."

The activation began the day of the unveiling of the alliance when people who attended the Dec. 1 game in Oracle Arena against the Houston Rockets received a VR viewer that enabled them to watch a VR film regarding the Warriors-Accenture partnership.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Golden State Warriors — and the community — to establish Chase Center and the surrounding district as a destination for unforgettable moments and a center of innovation in the Bay Area,” Julie Sweet, Accenture’s group chief executive-North America, said in a statement. "We will work hand-in-hand with the Warriors, as well as Fannovate participants, to define and enable an unparalleled set of experiences."

To support the alliance,  Accenture said it would involve many of its divisions. among them Fjord, Accenture Interactive’s design and innovation unit; mobility and analytics Accenture Digital; Accenture Lab and Accenture Liquid Studio, which work with "leading and emerging players in the Silicon Valley ecosystem to invent, develop and deliver solutions that help clients like the Warriors engage their audiences in new and innovative ways."

According to Mike Sutcliff, group chief executive for Accenture Digital, "We want to enable the Golden State Warriors to delight their guests, fans and tenants with connected experiences.

"To deliver on this goal, we will tap the full range of Accenture’s digital and technology capabilities — from driving insight from data and designing experiences from an outside-in perspective all the way to using proven and emerging technologies to engage with people when and where it really matters," said Sutcliff.

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