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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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Dec092018

Can NFL Super Bowl LIII In Atlanta Outmuscle 2018 MLS Cup In Atlanta?

By Barry Janoff

December 9, 2018: The NFL Super Bowl is arguably regarded as the biggest event in sports and one of the biggest events in the history of each respective host stadium.

Super Bowl LIII, scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, looks to keep that momentum going.

Not so fast, says Major League Soccer.

The 2018 MLS Cup, played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday (Dec. 8), was such a huge event that the NFL has to raise it’s already high bar to top what happened.

The second-year and host Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-0, before a crowd of 73,019.

That not only set a MLS post-season and MLS Cup mark, but is now the league’s all-time top attendance figure.

In addition, the game “delivered the best metered-market rating (1.2) for a MLS Cup since 1998 and was up 77% vs. the 2017 MLS Cup Game,” according to Fox Sports, which aired the championship nationwide.

In his State of the League address Friday (Dec. 7), MLS commissioner Don Garber sang the praises of the club, majority owned by Arthur Blank, also majority owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons.

“The club is one of great stories in history of our league," said Garber. "It is embraced by people from all walks of life. Games are the place to be.

“In my opinion, I think it's one of the great stories in professional sports. Their success shows that there really is no limit to what MLS can be.”

For the NFL, this is some wiggle room to top the 73,000-plus at the upcoming Super Bowl.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017 and is also home to the Falcons, hosted a record 77,430 for the College Football National Championship this past January.

The all-time attendance record for a soccer game in the U.S. involving a U.S.-based soccer club is 93,226 in 2015, when the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy hosted Barcelona in a friendly in the Rose Bowl.

The overall all-time U.S. mark was in 2014 when 109,318 saw Manchester United play Real Madrid in Michigan Stadium.

The all-time Super Bowl attendance mark was set at Super Bowl XLV (2011) when 103,219 were in At&T Stadium (then known as Cowboys Stadium) to see the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.

MLS even attracted stars for its title game.

Among those in attendance at the MLS Cup: Evander Holyfield, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavin, former NFL star Chad Ochocinco, former NBA player Steve Smith and rap stars Big Boi and Waka Flocka.

The MLS Cup attendance figure in Atlanta was not a fluke.

This past season, Atlanta United became the first MLS club to draw more than one million fans. The team averaged a league record 53,002 attendance per match, with eight games topping 70,000.

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