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• State Farm has signed a deal to become the exclusive official insurer of the Big3-on-3 basketball league, including branding throughout Big3 arenas in all 18 cities this summer on basket stanchion pads, center court jumbotrons and courtside LED signage. The company will also present Big3 games played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on July 7.

• 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.

• CBS Sports Digital has unveiled MVP Sports Marketing, an “initiative that will help brands build strong and sustainable engagement in local sports communities around the country.” An in-house team will "leverage CBS Sports Digital’s deep community connections through its nationwide coverage of high school and college sports and partner with brands to “develop unique multi-faceted sponsorships that build brand equity, deepen consumer relationships and drive revenue.”

• BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the MLS Houston Dynamo, has been renamed BBVA Stadium as part of financial company BBVA Group's overall rebranding process.

• The LPGA said it would “implement a comprehensive integrity program, in partnership with Genius Sports, to deliver sports-betting related monitoring, education and structures for the management of investigations.”

“Sports betting is certainly coming and we’ll have to get our hands around it," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said via the organization. “Sports betting may bring another wave of worldwide sports fans to the LPGA, but it will require us to be protected and supported by experts like Genius."

• Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google. Full story here.

• With the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard just four weeks off, the league has unveiled the first fan ballot results presented by Google for the AL — and the numbers are very good for Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and George Springer. 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.” 

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 7-9
1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 $47.1M
2. Dark Phoenix $33M
3. Aladdin $24.5M
4. Godzilla $15.4M
5. Rocketman $14M
6. Ma $7.8M
7. John Wick 3 $7.4M
8. Avengers: Endgame $4.8M
9. Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3M
10. Booksmart $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Dec042009

Tiger Woods' Numbers Still On Par With Marketing Partners

EA Sports is still swinging with Tiger Woods (in a scene from PGA Tour 10).December 4, 2009: One week after Tiger Woods pre-dawn accident outside his estate in Florida set off shock waves heard around the world, the bulk of his marketing partners have rallied to his defense and the analysts who keep track of such alliances say his status has take a slight, but only temporary hit.

Woods earns more than $90 million a year from endorsement deals, nearly twice that of fellow golfer Phil Mickelson, who is second behind Woods among all pro athletes at about $47 million. This week, the bulk of Woods' marketing partners came out in support of him, albeit with a bit of caution until many of the facts surrounding the crash were known, including Nike, Gatorade, EA Sports, Gillette, NetJets and TLC VIsion.  Although the situation regarding his infidelity is serious, Woods appears not to have been involved in far more dangerous situations such as domestic violence or DUI.

"The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious," Woods wrote on his Web site. "[My wife] Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect."

According to the Davie Brown Index, Wood’s awareness increased slightly due to coverage of his crash. DBI, an independent index used by brands and their agencies to determine a celebrity’s ability to influence brand affinity and consumer purchase intent, said 99.61% of U.S. consumers now know of Tiger Woods, up from 99.15% of 60 days ago. "That’s to be expected with the intense media coverage he’s received over the last several days," said a representative of DBI, which is a division of Los Angeles entertainment marketing agency Davie Brown Entertainment.
 
In terms of influence, his score dipped, but not dramatically, from 76.29 to 74.58. Meanwhile, DBI said that Wood’s endorsement score fell about six points, from 77.67 to 71.70. These numbers still rank him among the most prolific and influential athletes in sports and entertainment marketing.

Woods likely will not sign any new deals until his current personal-gone-public situation cools down. His next public appearance, which may not be until late January, certainly will attract media attention. Until then, Woods is staying behind the gates of his estate, communicating with the public via his official Web site.

If there was any doubt that being associated with Woods still moves product for marketers, most major media outlets have had him on their covers this week, and a book found in his crashed 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Get a Grip on Physics by John Gribbin, jumped from 396,224 to 2,268 on Amazon.com's book sales list, according to the online retailer. Ironically, Woods and Cadillac GM sibling Buick parted as marketing partners at the end of 2008.

And as for the women who now are linked with Woods? "Their awareness by the public has shot through the roof!" said the DBI rep.

Marketers Rally Behind Tiger, But He Still Not Out Of The Woods

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