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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Feb172016

World Team Tennis Adds New York To Busy Grand Slam, Olympic Summer Schedule

By Barry Janoff

February 17, 2016: Mylan World Team Tennis is in a New York state of mind, unveiling plans to return a franchise to New York for the first time since 2013.

The New York Empire will be coached by former world-class player, former Davis Cup captain and current ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe and include on its roster Andy Roddick, former world No. 1 and U.S. Open champion (2003), entering his ninth WTT season.

The Mylan WTT season, which usually begins immediately following the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament (June 27-July 10), this year runs from July 31- Aug. 13, just prior to the U.S. Open. The regular season (six home matches, six away) will be followed by the top two teams advancing to the Mylan WTT Finals on Aug. 27 in New York.

The U.S. Open will be played in New York's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Aug. 29-Sept. 11.

The WTT season coincides with the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Aug. 5-21), with tennis competition scheduled for Aug. 6-14.

Roddick joined the World Team Tennis Ownership Group in 2013 along with Venus Williams, according to WTT.

In 2016, six teams will compete for the King Trophy, named for tennis icon and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The Empire replace the Boston Lobsters, which ceased operations, according to WTT.

Included on rosters in 2015 were John isner, Madison Keys, Matina Hingis and Venus Williams.

“As both a player and an owner I have always enjoyed all that encompasses Mylan WTT,” Roddick said in a statement. “To be able to play on the legendary courts at Forest Hills and be involved with a team in a city that I love, New York, will make this even more special.”

Among those who responded to the Empire news were singer Elton John, who wrote on his Twitter page, "Congrats to @BillieJeanKing on a new @WorldTeamTennis team launch. Excited to see @nyempiretennis at Forest Hills this summer."

In addition to New York, franchises for the 2016 season include five-time defending champion Washington (DC) Kastles, Philadelphia Freedoms (owned by Billie Jean King), Springfield (Mo.) Lasers, San Diego Aviators and the Orange County Breakers (relocated from Austin, Texas).

The six teams will fill their rosters during the Mylan WTT Player Draft on March 25 in Miami, which takes place as part of the Miami Open tennis tournament (Key Biscayne). A league schedule will also be release at that time.

The Empire fill a void created when the New York Sportimes moved to San Diego in 2013 after playing in the area from 2000-13, winning the WTT title 2005. The Empire will play in Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Queens, N.Y., former home of the U.S. Open.

In addition to title sponsor Mylan, official WTT national sponsors and partners include Geico, Wilson Racquet Sports, DecoTurf and the U.S. Tennis Assn.

Coverage includes 45 hours of live matches on ESPN3 and more than 250 hours of Mylan WTT matches and special programming on Tennis Channel, Comcast SportsNet, Altitude Sports, Mediacom and other regional sports networks.

ESPN3 will broadcast one match daily and ESPN2 will also air one featured match broadcast.

A season preview show and weekly highlight series will air internationally on five continents in more than 100 countries via such networks as Eurosport, Eurosport Asia, Supersport, Gaora, Fox Sports Australia and WHY TV.

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