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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.” 

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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

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

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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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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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Tag Team: How WWE, Partners, Stars Are Putting The Raucous Into WrestleMania 33

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

March 31, 2017: If you are one of the more than 70,000 fans who will be in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl on Sunday (April 2) to see WrestleMania 33 in person, or one of the millions worldwide watching it stream live on WWE Network, or one of the estimated hundred thousand in Orlando specifically for WWE WrestleMania Week, one thing is certain: You not only will get your fill of WWE superstars, you’ll also see lots of activation by WWE partners and sponsors.

5-Hour Energy has signed on as presenting sponsor for WWE’s developmental series NXT Takeover (April 1 in Orlando’s Amway Center) and the NXT Takeover pre-show on WWE Network, complete with heavy digital and social presence across WWE’s global platforms, including a sponsored Instagram "story" the day after WrestleMania (April 3).

WWE this week signed a multi-year agreement naming StubHub the company’s exclusive ticket resale marketplace for fans in the U.S. and Canada, including Wrestlemania Week events.

Also in the Wrestlemania 33 ring: Snickers returning for its second year as WrestleMania presenting sponsor, as well as WWE partners DiGiorno, Cricket Wireless, Mattel, Foot Locker and Puma.

WWE said sponsorship has increased four times overall since 2010 and not just due to WrestleMania.

"When you have a brand with the global appeal of WWE, you have to make sure your partners amplify the message you want to take to the marketplace," said John Brody, evp-global sales & partnerships for WWE. "We feel very confident about the partnerships we have.

"We are allowed to be selective when it comes to signing deals and tying our intellectual property to their intellectual property. They are the conduits to the fans. When you look at the brands that are our partners, it speaks volumes about the power of WWE," said Brody.

Snickers will be present throughout WrestleMania 33 Week with sampling, signage and other activation. The Mars Inc. brand has also launched several national TV spots, via BBBO NY and WWE’s in-house creative team, touting the “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” mantra with such WWE talent as Rusev & Lana, Bayley, Sheamus, Ric Flair, The Miz & Maryse, Enzo and Big Cass and The New Day.

WWE star Sasha Banks appears in a digital spot as part of DiGiorno’s multi-platform alliance. A separate 30-second spot will air during WrestleMania 33’s pre-show.

The pizza brand will also have digital and social activation, including custom banner ads on WWE.com with the message: "If you’re watching WrestleMania 33 at home, don’t go delivery, go DiGiorno!" A sponsored Twitter Amplify program, featuring WrestleMania-themed content, will appear before, during and after WrestleMania 33.

Wholly owned AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless will air a 30-second spot during the WrestleMania 33 broadcast and appear on WWE.com, YouTube and other social assets with banner ads and branded content.

Mattel will sponsor the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony (March 31) and, like other WWE partners, have presence at WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s four-day interactive and sponsor-laden fanfest (March 31- April 2 in the Orange County Convention Center).

A new licensing/distribution deal with Foot Locker and Puma offers limited-edition footwear and apparel featuring WWE icons, available nationwide beginning April 1, with special items available only in their Orlando locations.

"When you talk about how we can impact our partners, we have unique positioning. We are at the intersection between sports and entertainment," said Brody. "And we have something others sports and entertainment properties don’t have: a one-stop shopping approach. We can offer a 360-degree approach as to how you market.

"Snickers is a great example. When we talked to the folks at Mars Inc. about one-stop shopping about a 360-degree platform, for us that means a live event, WrestleMania. Then you support it through different forms of media. We have more than 750 million followers on social media across 17 different platforms."

Via its YouTube Channel, WWE said it has had more than 12 billion views over the past 12 months, which places it among the leaders of sports properties on the platform.

Brody said the WWE’s one-stop shopping and 360-degree strategy is epitomized by its Snickers partnership.

"We have superstars, but we don’t integrate one superstar, make one appearance," said Brody. "We have integrated some two dozen of our stars into the campaign, including seven different pieces of content. They stay within the Snickers voice but have their own WWE message. It is amazing how much content we produce, how much our superstars are integrated in to the messages.

"We want to make it easy for partners to activate across all of our platforms. It is seamless. We deliver for them. And then it is incumbent for my team and me to over-deliver," said Brody.

WWE said that WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium generated an event record $170.4 million in spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region, the fifth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, April 8, 2018.

In addition to WWE stars, fans at WrestleMania 33 will see music stars.

Scheduled to perform on April 2 are Pitbull, who will be joined by Flo Rida, Stephen Marley and LunchMoney Lewis.

WWE in also dedicated to its cause marketing efforts. Among the platforms is Superstars for Hope, a global online fundraising campaign with Prizeo,  a trip to WrestleMania 34, with proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America. (Details here.)

WWE and its stars will also be involved on the ground during WrestleMania 33 Week, continuing a tradition from past WrestleMania stops.

"Our partners have really embraced the platform of WrestleMania Week, including more than two dozen corporate social responsibility events," said Brody. "We want to celebrate the event, create amazing content and stream live on WWE Network, but we also want to leave a lasting impact on the community and the region.

"Vince McMahon (majority owner, CEO, chairman), Stephanie McMahon (chief brand officer) and Michelle Wilson (chief revenue and CMO) take this very seriously," he said.

As for the future of WWE and WrestleMania.

"We certainly are on the right path," said Brody. "We are resonating not just with core fans but casual and even people who are not WWE fans. You see us everywhere. The Today Show. ESPN. Our partners at NBCU. We are a key piece of the overall sports and entertainment landscape. And the culture landscape.

"And what makes it fun is that you never know what will happen."

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