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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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Apr112019

Long-Distance Runners: Asics Returns To Sponsorship Role With L.A. Marathon

By Barry Janoff

April 10, 2019: When it comes to the Los Angeles Marathon, what goes around the 26.22 mile distance comes around.

Conqur Endurance Group has signed a five-year deal naming sports performance brand Asics the “official footwear and apparel partner and presenting sponsor” for the Los Angeles Marathon, beginning with the next event, scheduled for March 8, 2020.

Asics returns to a role it had as the event’s title sponsor in 2014-15.

Skechers Performance took over as presenting sponsor from 2016 through 2019 Marathon last month.

Financial terms of the Asics’ pact were not released.

Asics and Conqur said they would re-launch their alliance in January 2020, beginning with the Pasadena Half Marathon,

The renewed union with the Los Angeles Marathon is part of Asics’ strategy to build a “heritage deeply rooted in running.

The brand said it is “making significant investments beginning this year to ensure it reclaims the top industry status.

In addition to the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon, Asics said it would expand its partnership in Southern California by becoming an official partner for the Pasadena Half Marathon at the Rose Bowl, The LA Big 5K, and Santa Monica Classic 5K and 10K.

Asics recently signed multi-year sponsorship deals with female distance runners Emma Bates and Allie Kieffer.

Asics will also look to support Conqur's extensive youth running and community programs.

"Our partnership with Conqur to become the presenting sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon solidifies our commitment to the run category," Koichiro Kodama, CEO of ASICS North America, said via the Irvine, Calif.-based company, with global corporate headquarters in Japan.

"Asics is back and more dedicated than ever to drive our brand forward as we build off of the very foundation we were created on — performance running. We are honored to have this opportunity once again and look forward to reconnecting with our core audience to bring the west coast community together to celebrate this great sport."

The multi-year agreement will be supported with “significant brand integration, on-site and in-store event activations, digital and social content, broadcast integrations and online retail promotions.”

"Asics is back and more dedicated than ever to drive our brand forward as we build off of the very foundation we were created on — performance running."

Leading into the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon, Asics said it would launch a collection of limited edition products, featuring footwear, apparel and accessories for the 2020 race. The collection will be available at Asics Web site, select Asics retail stores and the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon Expo.

Current Los Angles Marathon partners also include Big 5 Sporting Goods, Muscle Milk, Clif, Turkish Airlines, Hyundai and Corona Premier.

The Los Angeles Marathon begins at Dodger Stadium, runs through Los Angeles and ends at Ocean Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.

According to  Murphy Reinschreiber, Conqur's COO, ”For the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Marathon (in 2015), Asics lit-up L.A. by spotlighting every mile of the Stadium to the Sea course.

“It's fitting that we're reconnected with Asics in time for the Marathon's 35th Anniversary race on March 8, 2020.”

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