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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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Apr072019

Big3 Moving Hoops Action To CBS Sports, More Than 45 Hours Of Live Coverage

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 4, 2019:
Boldly proclaiming that, “This summer, the Big3 is back, bigger and better than ever. A star-studded season. Even more basketball royalty. More teams. More cities. And a brand new home . . . “ the  pro 3-on-3 basketball league has signed a deal with CBS Sports for the 2019 season.

The league, founded in 2017 by Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz and populated by former NBA players, will open its 2019 season on the CBS June 22, followed by an 11-week season, with the championship game scheduled for Sept. 1.

CBS Sports Network coverage is scheduled to begin with the 2019 Big3 Draft live on May 1.

That day, 120 pro players will seek to fill just 31 open roster spots on 12 teams, expanded from eight the first two seasons.

Big3 previously aired on Fox Sports.

Big3 has also signed sponsorship deals with adidas and Toyota, which will roll out activations throughout the league's 2019 season.

CBS will support with multi-media marketing, which began with a promo spot, “Big3 x CBS Sports.”

“Since Day 1, Big3 has always been about hard-nosed, fierce competition,” Ice Cube said via the league.

“Now we’re ramping it up with more teams, younger players, and a shiny new TV deal with CBS Sports.”

Ice Cube said the first two years were about “showing that our vision was credible. This year is about taking the game to a whole new level. This is a big deal.”

League chairman is Amy Trask.

The commissioner is Clyde Drexler, a ten-time NBA all-star, NBA champion with the Houston Rockets (1994-95) and a two-time member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a NBA player and also as a member of the Dream Team that won an Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona.

During the 11-week season, games will air live on CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network on both Saturday and Sunday.

CBS will broadcast more than 20 hours throughout the season, with CBS Sports Network set to air more than 25 hours of additional live game coverage.

Big3 said that in 2018, average arena attendance exceeded 14,000, up from 11,000 its inaugural season.

This year will see Big3 visiting 18 cities — up from ten each of the two previous years. Three games will be played at each location, two per day per weekend (for a total of six games).

According to Dan Weinberg, evp-programming for CBS Sports, “We’re excited to partner with such an exciting and fast-growing league that showcases some of the most recognizable basketball players in the world.

“Adding multiple hours of BIG3 coverage during the summer to both CBS and CBS Sports Network — including direct lead-ins — establishes more synergy and continuity between the broadcast and cable network, while delivering these action-packed games to a national audience throughout the entire season.”

Teams will be coached by such basketball legends as Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Gary Payton, Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, Lisa Leslie and George “The Iceman” Gervin.

Rick Mahon and Jason Terry were recently named as Big3 head coaches.

Among the players expected to return this season are Amar’e Stoudemire, Drew Gooden, Nate Robinson, Stephen Jackson, Carlos Boozer, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen, Rashard Lewis, Metta World Peace, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Jermaine O’Neal and Brian Scalabrine.

Among the players expected to join for the 2019 season are Jason Terry, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Kendrick Perkins, Shannon Brown, Gilbert Arenas, Al Jefferson, Lamar Odom, Steve Blake, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Carlos Arroyo and Dusan Bulut.

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