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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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• 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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WWE Seeks To Make WrestleMania History With Ronda, Charlotte, Becky, Fans

By Barry Janoff

March 25, 2019: When WrestleMania 35 hits MetLife Stadium on April 7, it will be historic in one category and seek to become historic in others.

WWE said that for the first time at WrestleMania a women’s match would be the main event, with a scheduled Raw Women’s Championship Match featuring Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.

WWE will also seek to set a WrestleMania attendance mark for MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets).

WrestleMania 29 in MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013, posted an attendance of 80,676, which also is the third-largest attendance figure in WrestleMania history.

In addition, WWE will try to set new financial marks for the region.

WrestleMania 29 grossed in 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 in that event saw The Rock go head-to-head against John Cena and Triple H battle Brock Lesna.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, said WWE.

The mark is held by WrestleMania 33 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl in 2017, which generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

On April 7, for the fourth consecutive year. Snickers will be the exclusive presenting partner of WrestleMania, streaming live worldwide on WWE Network.

WWE and Mars Inc. have expanded their alliance, with Snickers set to receive “significant visibility and consumer engagement across WWE’s global platforms at WrestleMania.

Snickers will have a presence at WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s five-day, interactive fan festival at Pier 12 in Brooklyn, NY; plus custom digital and social content sponsorships on WWE.com and YouTube as part of a multi-platform media campaign.

As part of the weel-long extended WrestleMania 35 takeover of New York, the New York Mets will host WWE Day at Citi Field on April 6 as part of its game vs. the Washington Nationals.

At WrestleMania 32 in 2016, WWE re-branded the Divas Division the Women’s Division and unveiled a new Women’s Championship title.

Since then, WWE said it has placed a greater spotlight on its female performers, including “more prominent storylines and deeper character development that showcases their athleticism, charisma and star power.”
 
Last October, WWE held it’s first all-women’s pay-per-view event, Evolution, in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.

Rousey is the current Raw Women’s Champion, Olympic medalist, the first female UFC Champion and the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett will perform live at WrestleMania 35 playing her classic song “Bad Reputation” when Rousey makes her entrance to the ring to defend her title.

“The Queen of Rock ‘N Roll, Joan Jett, is a music legend and icon for powerful women everywhere.” Neil Lawi, svp and GM, WWE Music Group,” said via the WWE.

“Her performance at this year’s WrestleMania promises to be both exhilarating and inspiring, and we are honored to watch her join a distinct list of extraordinary performers who have lit up the WWE stage.”

Flair is a seven-time WWE champion.

Lynch is the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble winner, a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and was named Wrestler of the Year by both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports in 2018.

Among the other prime matches scheduled for WrestleMania 35, Universal champion Lesnar will take on Seth Rollins, Triple H and Batista will square off in a No Holds Barred match, Shane McMahon will battle The Miz and AJ Styles will take on Randy Orton “in a battle to see who has the right to call SmackDown LIVE their house.”

Top Ten All-Time WrestleMania Attendance Records

1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016

2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987

3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, April 7, 2013

4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, MI, April 1, 2007

5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL, April 1, 2012

6. 78,133: WrestleMania 34, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2018

7. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, March 29, 2015

8. 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, April 2, 2017

9. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014

10. 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008

WWE Sweetens Marketing For WrestleMania 35

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