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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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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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Dec162018

Brees, Mahomes 'Millionaires'; Barkley, Gurley Top Fan Voting For 2019 Pro Bowl

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 15, 2018: Quarterbacks and running backs have all five of the highest vote totals and eight of the Top Ten in the third and final 2019 Pro Bowl tally released by the NFL.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees topped all players with 1,270631 votes.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was second (1,197,370 votes) and was the only other player to top a million fans votes for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

They were followed by New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley (987,562) and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (957,052), and were the only other players to top 900,000 fan votes.

The Top Five also includes Rams quarterback Jared Goff (838,561).

Fan voting ended on Dec. 13.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl.

NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Dec. 14. Those totals were not released by the league.

Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed Dec. 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed (8 PM ET).

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET).

The game is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The Top Ten in final fan voting also includes Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (827,888), Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (817,495), Steelers teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown (778,630), running back Alvin Kamara of the Saints (776,846) and wide receiver Tyeek Hill of the Chiefs (753,981).

Among other leading vote totals by fans, Travis Kelce of the Chiefs led all tight ends (745,416), Terron Amstead of the Saints led all tackles (346,860), J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans led of defensive ends (547,364), the Rams Aaron Donald led all defensive tackles (505,207), Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was second among all wide receivers (688,760) and Zach Ertz of the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles was second among tight ends (648,992).

Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Emmitt Smith and Brian Urlacher and Demarcus Ware will serve as 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, the NFL announced. The Pro Bowl will feature a match-up between the AFC and NFC, with each conference led by two Legends Captains - one offensive and one defensive.

Kelly (offense) and Ware (defense) will lead the AFC, while Smith (offense) and Urlacher (defense) will lead the NFC. The four Legends Captains, who were collectively selected to 30 Pro Bowls, will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be present on the sidelines on gameday.

The captains will not only be present at the Pro Bowl game, but they will also be attending various events throughout Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area.

Pro Bowl Week events include Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL Flag Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Final Top Ten 2019 NFL Pro Bowl Votes By Fans

1. Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints 1,270,631
2. Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs 1,197,370
3. Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants 997,562
4. Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 957,052
5. Jared Goff QB Los Angeles Rams 838,561
6. Ezekiel Elliott RB Dallas Cowboys 827,888
7. James Conner RB Pittsburgh Steelers 817,495
8. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers 778,630
9. Alvin Kamara RB New Orleans Saints 776,846
10. Tyreek Hill WR Kansas City Chiefs 753,981

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