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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." 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.”

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AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

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The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
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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Mar182018

WWE Bringing Big Show WrestleMania 35 Back To The Big Apple, MetLife Stadium

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2018: WWE’s WrestleMania is a big event that attracts a big audience and generates big business.

In 2019, it’s coming back to the Big Apple.

WWE said Friday that WrestleMania 35 would be staged in MetLife Stadium, on April 7, 2019, the second time the venue will host the event. MetLife is home to the NFL's Giants and Jets.

The news was shared during a media conference in MetLife that was attended by WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New Jersey Lt. Governor Shelia Oliver, WWE evp-special events (and host for the event) John Saboor, and Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.

WWE talent in attendance included John Cena, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Nikki Bella, The New Day, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Apollo, Titus O'Neil and WWE’s newest star, Ronda Rousey.

Players from the Giants were among others in attendance.

Also unveiled was the 35 official logo: the word WrestleMania splashed across the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

WWE has turned its mega-competition from a one-day to a week-long extravaganza, and the New York/New Jersey region will get the full treatment. MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, NJ, about 13 miles across the George Washington Bridge northeast of New York City.

WWE’s WrestleMania Axxess is four-day interactive fan festival to be held in conjunction with WrestleMania 35.

WWE will also present four nights of events in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (home of the NBA’s Nets).

WrestleMania 35 and ancillary events will be conducted in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, New York Giants, New York Jets; and NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Governor Murphy and all of our partners for bringing WrestleMania back home,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “It is the one place that matches the energy, excitement and spectacle of WrestleMania.”

This will be the sixth time WrestleMania will take place in the New York area.

More than 80,600 people attended WrestleMania 29 in MetLife Stadium in 2013. WrestleMania 29 grossed an excess of $72 million and generated $101.2 million in economic impact for the New Jersey/New York region, according to a study conducted for WWE by the Enigma Research Corporation.

Top billing saw The Rock going head-to-head against John Cena and Triple H battling Brock Lesnar.

This numbers have since been eclipsed. WrestleMania 32 was held in AT&T Stadium, home for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, with an announced attendance 101,763, a WrestleMania record.

WrestleMania 33 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said that marked a new record for WrestleMania and was the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Over the past 11 years,WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

This year, WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for Sunday, April 8 in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans. It will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.

The first WrestleMania, in 1985, was held in Madison Square Garden with the featured event Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.

WrestleMania 2 in 1986 was staged in three venues on the same day, including Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. WrestleMania’s X and XX returned to The Garden.

As part of WrestleMania 35 week, WWE’s WrestleMania Axxess will be a four-day interactive fan festival.

The four nights of events in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are scheduled to include the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; NXT TakeOver; Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

In addition, WWE said it would host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies, designed to give back to the local region.
 
WWE said that ticket and special Travel Packages would be available later this year.

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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