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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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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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Apr172011

Pepsi Max Ad Rebuilds Field Of Dreams, And MLB Legends Come To Play

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

April 17, 2011: Is this heaven? No. It's a Pepsi Max commercial.

Field of Dreams, the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who hears voices, turns a chunk of his corn field into a baseball diamond and gets a visit from baseball legends, will get a Pepsi Max redux for a new commercial breaking this week.

In a takeoff of one of the film's classic lines, Pepsi Max built a commercial and a bevy of baseball Hall of Famers and former greats came. The list of all-time greats in "Clubhouse in the Corn" includes Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Rickey Henderson, Lou Pinella, Randy Johnson, and a fleeting glimpse of a faux Babe Ruth, who is signing autographs.

In the spot, they are joined by current stars Evan Longoria, Jim Thome and CC Sabathia, who wanders out of the cornfield and onto a field of dreams.

Sabathia and Longora were among the players featured in a Pepsi TV commercial in 2010 to support Project Refresh. Piniella starred in a commercial for Pepsi's Aquafina water in 2008.

Smith, Schmidt and Fingers appeared at the MLB Fan Cave in New York on April 18 to provide a first look at the commercial. The spot will run on network and cable as well as in-stadium and in-theater. Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day.

As in Field of Dreams, the ball players convene on a baseball field, providing insights into the game, here using Pepsi Max, with humorous banter. Henderson is playing a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Johnson and Eckersley are pitching Pepsi Max bottles into a recycling bin. And when Sabathia asks the Pepsi Max guy where he is, the reply is, "Iowa."

In the movie, Costner also replies, "No, it's Iowa," when he is asked by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta), "Is this heaven?"

The tone reflects the film's scenes in which the likes of Jackson and other members of the infamous Chicago "Black Sox" come out of Kevin Costner's corn field to play the game from which they were banned. In the movie, they are joined by the likes of Mel Ott, Gil Hodges and "Smokey" Joe Wood.

"Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it," Shoeless Joe Jackson explains in the film. Cobb is also absent from the Pepsi Max spot.

According to Pepsi Max, the spot features a roster of players who represent 20 World Series championships, 74 All-Star Game selections, 865 career pitching victories and 2,735 career home runs, including Ruth (714), Thome (590 and counting) and Schmidt (548).

The classic film 'Field of Dreams' is revisited by Pepsi Max.Pepsi Max has been a corporate sponsor of MLB since 1997. It also has official status with 15 MLB clubs, including the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Oakland A's, New York Mets and Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals.

The brand is currently running a sweepstakes offering tickets to attend the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in July at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pepsi Max is also the official soft drink of the NFL. The brand will activate around the NFL Draft April 28-30.



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