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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• 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

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
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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Apr162018

Pro Fight League Unveils $10M,126-Bout Schedule On NBCSN, Facebook Watch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 16, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, calling itself MMA re-imagined, has unveiled its roster of 72 fighters from 13 countries and its official 11-event, 126 fight schedule, with the first PFL regular season event to be held on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.

The league, co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey and Mark Leschly, will have its bouts aired on NBCSN and Facebook Watch.

The 2018 PFL season features the 126 fights in seven regular-season competitions, a bracket-style ”win or go home” playoff and a $10 million post-season prize pool.

“PFL is the new league for the new era of MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Peter Murray, CEO for the PFL, said in a statement.

“We are confident that our innovative win-and-advance format will excite MMA fans and draw new fans to the sport. We are honored to provide these incredibly skilled athletes the opportunity to compete on a major global stage..”

All of the PFL regular season bouts will air live on Thursday in primetime during MMA Night in America on NBC Sports Network.

According to Jon Miller, president for NBC Sports. “We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN. MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

“The PFL win and advance true sport format will be game-changing for MMA.”

PFL recently unveiled a partnerships with Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Contender), president of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television, to develop and produce new content and programming for PFL’s upcoming season.

MGM and Burnett will both join as PFL investors.

The deal will feature PFL’s “What Do you Fight For?” short-form digital and social content with behind-the-scenes videos, “Top 10 of The Week," "Path to the Finals," "24:7: Life of a Fighter," and “Inside the Gym” cam.

Events televised by NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All regular season events will have encore telecasts on NBCSN later the same night.

Facebook will also open each event with a live 30-minute pre-fight show and close with a live 30-minute post-fight show. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook prior to NBCSN’s presentation of the main bouts.

The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.

According to Carlos Silva, PFL president, “The most talented fighters from around the world will proudly fight under the PFL banner.

“In our format, every single punch and every single round matters, as fighters compete for a shot at the PFL championship. We can’t wait to see all the action in the regular season, which stars emerge post-season in October, and who will share in the biggest MMA prize pool ever on New Year’s Eve.”

The 2018 PFL season:

  • June 7: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York
  • June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
  • July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
  • July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)

(Tickets for the June 7 PFL1 regular season event in Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale April 18 at PFLMMA.com.

See the full current roster here.

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