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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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Jun172017

Nike Releasing Retro Jordan Shoes Based On Clause In MJ’s First Pro Contract

Speciall to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 16, 2017: Basketball shoes often pay homage to a player’s home town, family, college, teammates or hopes and aspirations.

Nike is releasing shoes based on a clause in a player’s contract.

Of course, it helps that the player is Michael Jordan, who not only redefined the game of basketball on the court but rewrote the rules of wearing basketball shoes, as well.

Jordan signed with Nike in 1984 as a 21-year-old rookie entering the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. The alliance put more focus on Jordan’s skills and abilities, ultimately giving birth to the $1 billion Jordan Brand.

As part of his first NBA contract with the Bulls, who drafted him No. 3 overall in 1984 out of North Carolina, Jordan had was was called a "Love of the Game" clause. That enabled him to play in "non-sectioned" basketball games not associated with the Bulls or the NBA "regardless of potential liability.”

Among others, it encompassed pick-up games at Jordan’s favorite gyms, parks and playgrounds as well as alumni games at UNC,

Now, Nike is scheduled to release under a multi-media “Love of the Game” campaign a basketball shoe that would recall the original Nikes he wore back in the day during alumni games, the Air Jordan II.

Another par of retro Converse (now a division of Nike) shoes, Fastbreak in Carolina Blue, honors Jordan’s role in helping to guide the USA National Basketball "Dream Team" to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. He also wore the shoes while leading UNC to a national title in 1982.

Nike is packaging the shoes together in a special box that features the "Love of the Gane" contract clause printed on the inside of the box.

The release date for the limited-edition shoes is June 28.

Nike did not disclose a retail price, but a previous limited-edition Air Jordan 9 retro "Love of the Game" shoe sold for $700.

"When you have a love of the game, no one can tell you when to play and when not to play," Jordan says in a Nike video. "It came about when I was cut from my high school basketball team. That disappointment compelled me to say, I have something to prove to the people who didn’t think I could achieve (my goal).

"Whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball," said Jordan.

As Nike explains it, "Jordan’s relentless pursuit of off-season competition was solidified before his pro career even began. During high school (in North Carolina), he spent countless summer days at Wilmington’s Empie Park challenging anyone who would accept.

"This embrace of playground hoops also continued during trips home from the University of North Carolina."

According to Nike, during a 1986 UNC alumni game, Jordan debuted his original PE (player edition) shoes, wearing the Bulls home colorway version of the Air Jordan II that featured Carolina Blue on the heel.

"'Love of the Game means whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball."

The game, played on Sept. 6, 1986, featured two competing teams of Tar Heel alumni as part of the dedication of the Dean Edward Smith Center.

In a game on June 28, 1987, which featured UNC alumni against alumni stars from a rival university,  he wore a low-cut version of the II in his alma mater’s team colors, according to Nike.

"Never missing an opportunity to compete, MJ shined in both games while wearing his second signature sneaker," said Nike.

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