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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

KEEPING SCORE

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

Full story here.

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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Oct252016

Turner Sports, NBA, Nike All In For Craig Sager's Strong Fight Against Cancer

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

October 25, 2016: In his on-going fight against leukemia, Craig Sager has displayed grit, determination and humor, while inspiring others around the world.

Now, the veteran reporter for Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT is adding another layer to his dauntless campaign.

With the support of Turner, Sager has partnered with NikeiD to create customized limited-edition SagerStrong Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, 100 pairs of which are being offered via an online auction, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the SagerStrong Foundation.

Designed by Sager, the Nike Air Force 1 comes complete with paisley print panels, a seersucker tongue tab with the words SagerStrong and multi-colored laces, a reflection of the outrageous sports jackets that Sager has become famous for wearing while on-air.

The auction begins tonight to coincide with the opening night of the NBA 2016-17 season and the NBA on TNT. The online auction is scheduled to start Oct. 25 (7 PM ET) and conclude Nov. 4. (Details here.)

The shoes will be custom made in the respective size of each winning bidder at the close of the auction.

"Craig is an inspiration to so many people including all of us at Turner as he continues to courageously battle cancer," David Levy, president for Turner, said in a statement. "This tribute is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our affection and support for Craig, his wife Stacy and their family, along with all of those facing similar obstacles.

"We look forward to working closely with them and our partners throughout Opening Week to raise awareness and funding on behalf of cancer research and education," said Levy.

According to Turner, people can access behind-the-scenes footage of the sneakers and the T-shirts, commentary from players, coaches and others via by following @NBAonTNT and @BleacherReport.

In addition, a Twitter emoji will appear when fans tweet using #SagerStrong throughout opening week.

Other members of the NBA family also are activating to support Sager and his foundation.

The Golden State Warriors, in a move intended to raise awareness and funds for such groups as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society plan to honor Sager and have created a "Sager Strong" T-shirt, presented by City National Bank, to be given to all fans attending the team’s opening game tonight (Oct. 25) against the San Antonio Spurs.

Although this T-shirt (pictured below) is not available for retail, the Warriors have for sale another T-shirt, which they said was inspired by the suit Sager wore while receiving the Jimmy Valvano Award at the 2016 ESPYS, at the Warriors Team Store at Oracle Arena. Portions of the proceeds will support the SagerStrong Foundation. and City National Bank, the official bank for the Warriors, said it would be making a donation to SagerStrong Foundation.

Another T-shirt, designed by Dave Zarzynski, will be shown during TNT’s Inside the NBA studio show and will be available for retail, with portions of the proceeds supporting the SagerStrong Foundation.

According to  Lenny Daniels, president for Turner Sports, "It’s been amazing to see the impact Craig has made across the entire sports community and the outpouring of support everyone has shown him as he undergoes his fight against cancer.

"He’s a beloved member of the Turner Sports family and we will continue to do everything we can to help drive awareness for this very important cause," said Daniels.
 
All contributions made to the SagerStrong Foundation go directly to cancer research and education, per SagerStrong. 

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