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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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Dec082018

Fifty Former NFL Players Form Freedom Football League In Ever-Crowded Field

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2018: Ricky Williams, Terrell Owens, Robert Griffith, Simeon Rice, Jeff Bake and Jeff Garcia are among some 50 former NFL players behind the launch of Freedom Football League, a spring-summer enterprise.

According to the FFL Web site, there will initially be ten teams in two conferences. It plans to start in the spring of 2020.

The spring-summer football calendar has suddenly become very crowded.

The Alliance of American Football, led by founder and CEO Charlie Ebersol and co-founder Bill Polian, plans to start play February 2019.

The XFL, behind founder and CEO Vince McMahon, also plans to start play February 2020.

There also is the American Patriot League, described as a “league run by former NFL players for current football players.” Headed by ex-NFLers Marques Odden, Keon Lattimore and Bob Golic, it is scheduled to begin playing a 16-game season in February 2019 with ten teams.

And the NFL is not exactly dormant: After the Super Bowl comes the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft.

FFL ownership includes 100 stakeholders, including the 50 ex-players, and also is offer people the opportunity to invest in the league. It will be financed by a combination of private funding and public offerings in 2019.

Many of the former players involved have also has careers in business, investments and/or as motivational speakers and community leaders.

The league's mission statement: "To attract football players at their highest level of athletic ability, including those defecting from the NFL, graduating college or high school or playing in international or alternative professional football leagues."

FFL also intends to give its players freedom to express their social and personal opinions.

“We are in a position to be leaders,” Williams (pictured), who  played for 12 seasons in the NFL and won the Heisman Trophy with Texas in 1998, says in a FFL intro spot. “To initiate social change. One of the main tenants of the Freedom Football League is to allow players to have a voice.

“Why do we have to go to the old white guys (NFL owners) in order to change things? (Let’s) empower ourselves and see what power we have to actually change things.”

According to the FFL Web site, “The current NFL ownership, with a market capitalization of over $100 billion is closely held and controlled by 32 wealthy billionaire families and generates, on average, over $100 million of annual profits per team per year.

"This ownership schism creates an exploitative dynamic between ownership and the players and coaches, neglects the long-term health and well-being of the players, and gouges the fans with outrageous ticket prices.

“The Freedom Football League is rethinking all aspects of the game of football and it starts with the ownership and money. The FFL’s teams will be owned by a unique consortium that includes former NFL players, active players from each FFL team, the local franchise operators, and most uniquely, you the fan," according to the league's Web site.

FFL teams and cities include:

Eastern Conference: Birmingham Kings, Connecticut Underground, Florida Strong, Oakland Panthers, Ohio Players, St. Louis Independence and Texas Revolution.

Western Conference: Oklahoma City Power, Portland Progress, San Diego Warriors.

“What makes this league different from all other leagues out there is that from an ownership standpoint we are giving everybody a chance to be part of the process,” said Jeff Garcia, who played for four seasons in the CFL and 12 in the NFL, passing for more than 25,500 yards, in the FFL’s intro spot. “Players, coaches, management. Fans — they can all be owners of franchises. It’s something they’ll never have anywhere else.

“Why do we have to go to the old white guys (NFL owners) to change things? (Let’s) empower ourselves and see what power we have to actually change things.”

Initial ownership also includes such former players as JJ Lasley, Byron Chamberlain, Darryl Ingram, Dexter Jackson, Eddie Anderson, Greg Bell, Mike Jones, Spencer Conley, Todd Yoder, Toi Cook, Willie Harper, Chris Hovan, Glyn Milburn, Akilli Smith and Derek Kennard.

The league said it is founded upon "four philosophical and operational pillars":


• Ensuring players receive permanent and reliable holistic health and wellness support on and off the field, seeking to avoid physical and financial exploitation that is commonplace in both collegiate and professional football today


• Amplifying the voice(s) of athletes by relentlessly pursuing unity and encouraging athletes to address society’s challenges relating to social justice, wealth disparity, health and wellness and more hot-button issues they are passionate about


• Reimagining the game for fans by creating a new spectator experience that leverages technology and embraces innovation, while simultaneously eliminating price-gouging to make loyalty and game-attendance affordable again


• Establishing economic justice via financial incentives through joint ownership and further eliminating financial exploitation and profiteering to the benefit of the few at the expense of many.

“The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” said Williams.

“As much as I’d like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to bring competitive football back to the masses, providing players and fans alike with the economic benefits of owning stake in a team, while also ensuring players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”

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