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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.
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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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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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Sep182017

NBA Tip-Off Campaign Shows ‘I’m Why’ Players, Fans Are Pumped Up For 2017-18

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2017: With NBA 2017-18 just about a month away, the league has started to market the season in earnest, unveiling three spots with the tag "I’m Why," under its ongoing umbrella campaign, "This Is Why We Play."

One spot, "Tipping Off," is a generic ode that anxiously looks forward to the upcoming season.

A second, "Mexico 2017," focuses on two games scheduled to be played in Mexico City in December. It also celebrates 25 years of NBA games played in Mexico

A third, "Golden State’s Homecourt Advantage," is what the NBA called the first of 30 "unique team spots,"focusing on the people, traditions and efforts that make each team special.

Spots will break on ABC on Sept. 24 during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx. They will then go in to regular rotation on NBA media partners and assets including ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA apps.

The NBA has plenty of storylines to tell this season, including Kyrie Irving’s trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics, Chris Paul moving from the Los Angeles Clippers to join James Harden on the Houston Rockets and the start of Nike’s eight-year $1 billion contract to replace adidas as the official on-court uniform provider, which coincides with the arrival of jersey-patch ad deals, of which 14 teams to date have signed alliances.

"Tipping Off 2017" highlights the reasons fans look forward to NBA Tip-Off. "There’s a reason why NBA Tip-Off can’t come soon enough," offers a voiceover, interspersed with shots of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, John Wall and others in action and interacting with fans.

"Why NBA history is always being re-written. Why this game is about more than basketball. Why the fall is going to be hotter than the summer. And why any city can become the center of the universe."

The NBA returns to Mexico City with two regular season games for the 2017-18 season: Brooklyn Nets versus Oklahoma City Thunder (Dec. 7) and the Nets vs. the Miami Heat (Dec. 9).

From the point of view of fans in Mexico, "Mexico City Games 2017" text offers in Spanish, “Hay una razón por que no podemos esperar a que regreses la NBA.” (“There's a reason we can't wait for the NBA to return.”)

“Cada ano nos deja con los ojos cuadrados y la boca abierta.” (“Each year leaves us with eyes (amazed) and mouths open.”)

“Porque podemos escribir juntos un nuevo capitulo de esta gran historia.” (“Because together we can write a new chapter of this great story.”)

“Este invierno no se sentirá frío en la ciudad de Mexico.” ("This winter you will not feel cold in Mexico City.”)

“Asi empieza la celebración de los próximos 25 anos para nuevas generaciones.” ("This is the beginning of the celebration of the next 25 years for new generations.”)

“Nuestra ciudad volver a ser el centro del universo.” (“Our city will be the center of the universe again.”)

"Golden State’s Homecourt Advantage" pays homage to the NBA champion Warriors. It follows Megan Cooper (pictured above), a young woman on the Warriors staff, whose main responsibility on game nights is to place T-shirts with inspirational slogans on each of Oracle Arena’s 19,596 seats.

"I’m not calling plays on the bench and we’re not running the team," she says. "But we get the fans ready. And the fans get the players ready. When I see people wearing the same shirts on game night, I think, I did that."

The NBA regular season begins Oct. 17 on TNT. 

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