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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

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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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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
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Sep302013

Subway Breaks First Commercial With PelĂ©, But Also Breaks Major Rule Of Soccer

By Barry Janoff

September 30, 2013: Over the summer, QSR giant Subway added another star to its roster of Famous Fans when it signed international soccer icon Pelé to a multi-year deal.

Now, Subway is putting Pelé into the marketing spotlight, unveiling a TV spot that will anchor a multi-media campaign in the U.S. and beyond. The effort will build to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Pelé's native Brazil and then again in a ramp-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Pelé (born Edson Arantes do Nascimento) joins the likes of Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin, Robert Griffin III, Mike Trout, Carl Edwards, Ryan Howard, Apolo Ohno and Eric LeGrand as company spokespersons.

His favorite Subway sandwich? Tuna on Italian bread.

The commercial, which broke during NBC's Sunday Night Football, opens with a smiling Pelé seated in a white chair and framed by a white background. As Brazilian samba music plays in the background, soccer balls begin to fall from the sky.

"Meet the newest member of the Subway team," a voiceover says as the rate of falling soccer balls increases in intensity. "The man who scored 1,282 — make that 1,283 goals."

The final ball bounces toward Pelé. He then breaks one of the essential rules of soccer for a non-goalie by catching it with his hands (we'll forgive him this time). He then promptly heads it in the direction of an imaginary soccer net.

"The greatest fútbol player ever," continues the voiceover, ignoring the soccer legend's handball infraction. "Pelé."

Pelé continues to smile as he drinks from a Subway cup. (See the full spot here.)

The commercial will go into regular rotation. Initial support includes Internet and social media destinations such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

"Throughout my entire career, I always made sure to take care of my body with proper nutrition, training and rest," said Pele during his Subway introductory media conference in New York this past July. "With Subway Restaurants' approach to fresh, better-for-you options, I look forward to working alongside other Famous Fans to encourage families around the world to eat well and lead active lives."

Pelé was a member of the Brazilian National Team from 1957-71 — with whom he won three World Cups — and a member of Santos from 1956-74. His career goal total also includes three seasons in the original NASL with the New York Cosmos (1975-77) as well as friendly matches for other clubs.

 In 1999, he was named the "Athlete of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee.

Since retiring from active play in 1977, Pelé has been a global ambassador for the sport as well as for humanitarian and environmental causes.

"Fútbol is the global sport and Pelé is the pre-eminent player of all time," said Tony Pace, Subway's global CMO. "It's great to have him as part of the Subway brand around the world."

Subway has more than 40,000 locations in 103 nations, including more than 1,200 in Brazil, according to the company.

Pelé Breaking Tuna On Italian Bread With Subway As Newest Global Famous Fan

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