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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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Apr132019

adidas, Marvel Enhance NBA Post-Season Theme, Turn Players Into ‘Shoe-per’ Heroes

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2019: The NBA’s umbrella playoff campaign “Heroes Wanted,” launched with a spot that turned superstars into comic book super heroes.

They included Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Damian Lilliard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics).

adidas has picked up on the theme, joining with Marvel to create a line of limited-edition “Heroes Among Us”  collection of kicks that unite NBA and WNBA stars and adidas endorsers and turn them into Marvel ‘shoe-per’ stars.

The team includes Harden, Lilliard, John Wall, Candace Parker and former All-Star Tracy McGrady.

The footwear is inspired by such Marvel heroes as Iron Man (Harden), Black Panther (Lillard), Captain Marvel (Parker), Captain America (Wall) and Nick Fury (McGrady).

The footwear is scheduled to drop April 26, the same day that Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters nationwide.

Harden and Lillard are expected to wear their respective shoes prior to that, with the NBA playoffs beginning April 13.

Support includes a sub-site linked to adidas’ home page, "Heroes Among Us," digital, social media and POP.

According to adidas, “Basketball players, like super heroes, have alter-egos. Just as super heroes don masks, players don uniforms, and each athlete represents a different power and skill.

“These unique powers, once assembled, create an unstoppable force of good. With the world watching, these heroes take center stage, placing their teams, their cities and their communities on their backs.”

On the Web site, the five hoops stars are seen as their comic book alter-egos, dressed in their respective Marvel-themed footwear and NBA uniforms. adidas did not indicate whether the Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and other super hero jerseys and shorts would also be available.

According to the apparel and footwear brand, “Inspired by the Marvel super heroes that captivate fans both in the comics and on the big screen, adidas has iconized some of basketball’s mightiest heroes — players who motivate fans and athletes both on and off the court.

“The result is a footwear collection that pairs the unique ability of NBA and WNBA . . . with the unmistakable flair of iconic Marvel characters."

Marvel is owned by Disney Co., which also owns NBA media partners ESPN and ABC.

adidas and Marvel recently united for a shoe themed to support the release of Captain Marvel.

The NBA’s “Heroes Wanted” spot is voiced by actor Michael B. Jordan, who has been in super hero movies (“Black Panther,” “Fantastic Four”) and is poised to become arguably the ultimate superhero, Superman, in a planned upcoming movie.

According to the league, “The 2019 NBA Playoffs are upon us. And there's no better super hero story than the one that's unfolding on the hardwood.”

NBA Playoff Push Turns Super Stars Into Super Heroes

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