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• The Oakland Raiders, playing their last season in the Bay Area before a planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, said they have signed a deal with AEG Facilities to operate their $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, now under construction. Full story here.

• SAP has launched “Call the Shots,” an interactive, online game that puts people in the shoes of Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber the day before a big match. Players use SAP Tennis Analytics to get Kerber match-ready, by using data and insights to make decisions that will help – or potentially hurt – her success on the court the next day.

• FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, said the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final would be held in Los Angeles 2020-23 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times media group. ‘This will undoubtedly cement the FIBA 3x3 culture in the build up to the Los Angeles 2028 Games,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general. 

• The IOC said that breaking (break-dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020.

• 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

Wimbledon 2019
Gentlemen's Singles Seeding
1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
4. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
5. THIEM, Dominic (AUT)
6. ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)
7. TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE)
8. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
9. ISNER, John (USA)
10. KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS)

Ladies' Singles Seeding
1. BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2. OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3. PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4. BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8. SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club

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 21-23
1. Toy Story 4 $121M
2. Child’s Play $14M
3. Aladdin $13.2M
4. Men In Black International $10.7M
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.3M
6. Rocketman $5.6M
7. John Wick 3 $4M
8. Godzilla $3.8M
9. Anna $3.6M
10. Dark Phoenix $3.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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adidas Joins Rookie Premier Lacrosse League In ‘Historic’ Multi-Year Partnership

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 10, 2019:
The Premier Lacrosse League, which already has a media deal with NBC Sports, the backing of top corporate and capital investors and the leadership of lacrosse star Paul Rabil, has added adidas to its roster of brand partners for its inaugural campaign.

Calling it a “historic multi-year partnership,” PLL has named adidas as the official athletic footwear and apparel partner for the league and its six franchises.

PLL is scheduled to launch its first 14-week season on June 1.

It will compete for attention in the category with Major League Lacrosse (which previously had a deal with adidas) and the indoor National Lacrosse League.

Financial terms of the adidas deal were not released.

“adidas is demonstrating a powerful commitment to lacrosse — shaping our future and expanding the game’s global popularity,” Rabil, co-founder and chief strategy officer for PLL, said via the league.

“This is a seismic event in the history of lacrosse. A first-of-its-kind partnership with adidas, the world’s leading apparel brand, will cultivate future generations of players and also provide the latest, most innovative products to PLL athletes.”

Under terms of the deal, adidas will design and manufacture all official on-field PLL apparel for players and coaches. Athletes and staff will be outfitted with adidas adizero cleats and athletic footwear.

To support PLL’s rookie effort, adidas said it would create brand activations at local tentpole experiences throughout the season, including Opening Weekend, the All-Star Game and the League Championship.

In addition, adidas plans to host two PLL pop-up events at the brand’s flagship stores in Santa Monica and Los Angeles .

According to Jeff McGillis, vp-adidas U.S. Sports, “As the ‘creator’ sports brand, we take pride in shaping the future of sport and providing an all-new stage to showcase one of the fastest growing team sports in North America.

“adidas has a ton of momentum and this new partnership provides a unique opportunity to introduce the sport of lacrosse to new fans, help empower the next of generation of creators and ultimately build lacrosse culture in the U .S.”

The PLL features more than 160 players on six teams competing in a tour-based model taking place in 13 U.S. cities over two and a half months.

NBC Sports will present 16 games on NBC Sports Network and three on NBC.

All games will also be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product powered by Playmaker Media — will live-stream 20 games exclusively for its subscribers.

PLL was co-founded by Paul Rabil and his brother, Mike, a serial entrepreneur and investor.

It is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency, the Chernin Group and Blum Capital.

“We’re always looking to create, innovate and challenge the status quo,” Dan Near, senior director-adidas Lacrosse, said via the company. “A league built for the players, with a platform to gain exposure and grow the game in an unprecedented way will change the sport.

“We have some game-changing concepts in the works and this collaboration provides a tremendous platform to build on our vision for the sport and showcase our commitment to innovate for the best athletes in the world.”

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