• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” Full story here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” Full story here.

• 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.” 


U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).


Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup


Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)


Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Oracle Signs 20-Year, $350M Naming Rights Deal For San Francisco Giants Stadium

By Barry Janoff

January 10, 2019: The home stadium for MLB’s San Francisco Giants, known as AT&T Park since 2006, will have a new name for the 2019 season.

The Giants have signed a 20-year naming rights deal with tech firm Oracle, already a team partner,, that runs through 2038.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

However, Larry Baer, Giants president and CEO, told local media that the pact is “very much in line with other recent naming-rights deals for top-tier facilities.”

That would put the deal in the $300-$350 million range, according to industry analysts.

The venue, located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, opened in 2000 as Pacific Bell Park, with which the team signed a 23-year deal in 1996 for naming rights valued at $100 million. The name changed to SBC Park in 2003 when SBC bought Pacific Telesis and then to AT&T Park in 2006 when SBC bought AT&T and used that company’s name.

AT&T signage was in the process of being replaced with Oracle Park banners today as the team held a media conference to unveil the deal.

Although the Giants' naming rights agreement with AT&T ran through the end of 2019, AT&T last year told the team that it planned to end the deal at the end of 2018 due to a change in company sponsorship strategy.

Baer said there were “several national and local companies interested in the (naming rights) opportunity,”

“Oracle — a longstanding partner of the Giants — was a perfect fit because of its deep roots in the Bay Area, its position as a global leader in technology and innovation, and its shared commitment to community values of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, education and philanthropy,” Baer said during the media conference.

“We look forward to engaging in a model partnership."

Oracle, based in Redwood City (about 25 miles south of San Francisco), has sponsored a suite level at the venue since 2003 and holds events and activations there.

Oracle currently has naming rights to the Oakland home arena for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors are scheduled to move into Chase Center, now under construction, in San Francisco for the 2019-20 NBA season, with Oracle ending its naming rights deal.

Beyond naming rights, Oracle said it would work with the Giants on other initiatives, marketing and activation.

Oracle said it would partner with the Giants to invest in a number of improvements to Oracle Park over the next five years, including the addition of a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and signage and other ballpark upgrades .

The Giants and Oracle will also “utilize emerging technologies to create unique experiences for fans . . . will develop a signature community outreach program (and) build unique sports hospitality experiences to engage Oracle customers and members of the community.”

According to Mark Hurd, CEO for Oracle, “The Giants have always been on the forefront of bringing innovative experiences to baseball, and we are excited to continue that tradition.

”Together we will create an incredible fan experience and develop programs to engage and impact the community in new ways."

"I want to thank AT&T for a truly exceptional partnership,” said Baer. “Their support of this facility and their ongoing investment over the past two decades has played a major role in the unprecedented success and popularity of our home.

"We are proud to have hosted the 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series here, the 2007 All Star Game and set the National League sellout streak record of 530 games from 2010 to 2017."


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