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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.” 

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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 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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar172016

Built With Chocolate Milk Takes A Swim WIth Olympians Jessica Hardy, Tyler Clary

By Barry Janoff

March 16, 2016: The people at the Milk Processor Education Program, Washington, D.C., which is funded by the nation's milk companies, enjoy the taste of chocolate milk. But to show support for Team USA as the Summer Olympics approach, they have decided to add some water to them mix.

MilkPEP's Built With Chocolate Milk has formed an alliance with top swimmers Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy, both training for a spot on the U.S. Olympic squad heading to Rio de Janeiro.

A multi-media campaign, breaking March 27, will focus on their training regimen and how they "trust the post-exercise recovery benefits of chocolate milk to help keep them at the top of their game."

In addition to Clary, who won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics (200 meter backstroke) and Hardy, who won a gold (4x100 meter medley) and a bronze in London, the Built With Chocolate Milk campaign has again partnered with USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, as the "official recovery beverage of USA Swimming."

Built With Chocolate Milk also has alliances with former Olympic speed skating icon Apolo Ohno and  Kevin Love of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers; and is the "official refuel beverage for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.

 "We're proud to partner with two of the nation's brightest medal hopefuls and share why chocolate milk is the recovery beverage of the world's best athletes," Miranda Abney, marketing director MilkPEP, said in a statement. "We look forward to supporting Tyler and Jessica throughout the year while giving others an inspirational look at how they're preparing to take on the world."

The campaign is anchored by a 30-second TV spot showing Clary and Hardy training in and out of the water, using chocolate milk as part of their routines.

Support includes print, digital, social media and product sampling at USA Swimming events.

According to Matt Farrell, CMO for USA Swimming, "So many elite and National Team athletes trust chocolate milk for their recovery because it's backed by science, so this partnership is a natural fit for USA Swimming.

"We have an important history with the Built With Chocolate Milk campaign, as they make an impact in athlete performance and promotionally by investing in athletes, scientific studies and then spreading the word through national campaigns. We're proud to partner with them to help educate the importance of post-exercise recovery."

"My training isn't complete when I get out of the pool – recovery is an essential part of every workout," Clary said in a statement. "For years, chocolate milk has been my first choice for recovery. It tastes great after my grueling workouts and it has a carbohydrate to protein ratio to help the body recover and basically rebuild after a really hard session."

Echoed Hardy, "I've been drinking chocolate milk after every practice and race for as long as I can remember. It's the thing I look forward to most. I believe that the protein and nutrients in chocolate milk have helped boost my recovery and contributed to my success as an athlete, plus it's a 'real food' and it's delicious."

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