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• 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.

• 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.

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• 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

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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 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $1.6M
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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Caught In The Draft: NFL Unveils Cleveland, Kansas City As Future Locations

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 22, 2019: The road chow that is the NFL Draft is coming to Cleveland and Kansas City.

The NFL said that the 2021 Draft would take place in the hometown of the Browns and the 2023 event would be staged in the hometown of the Chiefs.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. The site for the 2022 Draft has not yet been determined.

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience free football festival will be open all three days each year.

Given the NFL's desire to host the Super Bowl in warm-weather cities, Cleveland and Kansas City may be hard pressed to become sites for the Big Game.

But the growth of the NFL Draft is rapidly become a hot-ticket item.

In addition to becoming the center of the NFL universe for the duration of the event, the Draft has provided an economic boost for each of its recent host cities.

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said the 2019 NFL Draft in April generated $133 million in direct spending and that the economic impact to the city and region was $224 million.

Both are record numbers, topping the 2018 NFL Draft, held in AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, which was the first hosted in an NFL stadium.

The Dallas event generated a then-NFL Draft record $125.2 million in economic impact and $74 million in direct spending for the city and region, according to an economic impact report compiled by VisitDallas, using Destinations International's economic impact calculator.

The $125.2 million topped the previous mark of $95 million set during the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

The Nashville Draft also drew a record crowd of 600,000 for the three days.

The 2019 Draft aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, DisneyHD and NFL Network, attracting 47.5 million in TV viewership.

According to David Gilbert, president and CEO for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, “(The 2021 NFL Draft) will provide international media exposure and has proven to provide more than $100 million in economic impact to the host city.”

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. It generated a total economic impact of $81.6 million, according to a Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University study commissioned by the Chicago Sports Commission. 

The Draft returned to Chicago in 2016 with similar financial results.

"Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways," NFL commissioner Roger Goodall said in naming Cleveland during the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL

”We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience."

Regarding the selection of Kansas City, Goodell said, "We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans.

“We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players."

Among other upcoming national events being hosted in Cleveland are the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in July, the 2022 NBA All-Star Game and the 2024 NCAA Women’s Div. I Basketball Final Four.

According to Gilbert, “As Cleveland continues to shine in the national spotlight with the unique opportunity to host four major sporting events over the next six years, including the Draft, we are proud of this achievement which few destinations are able to accomplish."

NFL Draft Locations

• 1965-2014: New York (various locations)

• 2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University-Grant Park,  Chicago

• 2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

• 2018: AT&T Stadium, Dallas

• 2019: Downtown Nashville

• 2020: Las Vegas Blvd. and surrounding areas

• 2021: Downtown Cleveland

• 2022: TBD

• 2023: Downtown Kansas City

NFL Hits Record Numbers For Draft in Nashville

NFL Stakes Its Claim in Las Vegas For 2020 Draft

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