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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

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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Nov082017

State Farm Assists NBA's Chris Paul In Move To Houston, But What About Cliff?

By Barry Janoff

November 8, 2017: When Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in June, he left behind teammates, fans, belongings and memories.

Did he also leave behind “twin brother” Cliff Paul?

That question is raised in a new campaign from State Farm, the first multi-media marketing effort with Paul since his off-season move, which includes TV, Internet and social media.

Paul has been a State Farm spokesman since 2012, with many spots co-starring his “faux” brother Cliff, who as a State Farm agent is able to assist Chris.

According to State Farm, “Chris' real-life move is the backdrop of the latest campaign (which) showcases the many moments State Farm can assist during a major life change, and demonstrates the immeasurable value of having a personal relationship with a State Farm agent.”

The campaign, anchored by the first in a series of new spots, “Going Away Party,” strongly indicates that Cliff is being replaced by “State Farm agent Cole Perez (actor Oscar Nunez of The Office and People of Earth).

This spot will break on Nov. 9 when the Rockets host the Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT).

It will also include an eBay auction "Moving Sale" destination (going live Nov. 11) where “Chris will sell some of his most valuable items and donate all proceeds to storm relief in Houston,” according to State Farm.

The campaign follows a recent community event held in partnership with NBA Cares and the Chris Paul Family Foundation to help rebuild school libraries in Houston and support students and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The campaign is scheduled to run through 2018.

Lead agency is Translation.

In the first spot, a voiceover offers, "Goodbyes are never easy. But when you are born to assist, you can’t close one door without first opening another."

We see Chris and Cliff  at a farewell party as they watch clips of themselves together (from previous State Farm ads). I’m going to miss seeing that face everyday, Cliff. You’re the only one . . . “

Cliff finishes the sentence “. . . who gets you?””

Chris “This move has been . . . “

Cliff “. . . a big deal? Let me show you something.”

He hands his brother a business card of State Farm agent Cole Peréz with text, “Born to be your agent.” “Think of it as my last assist,” says Cliff.

“I’m going to miss you,” says Chris.

State Farm did not comment on whether this would be the actual end of the Cliff Paul character, which has had followers on Twitter and Facebook as well as a bevy of merchandise in his image.

Other State Farm spots with Paul have also starred NBA players DeAndre Jordan and Damian Lillard.

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