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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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Feb122019

With Giannis, Metro by T-Mobile May Get Greek Freaky At NBA All-Star Game

By Barry Janoff

February 12, 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo, among the top candidates for the NBA’s MVP this season, has a new team.

Antetokounmpo, aka the Milwaukee Bucks’ “Greek Freak,” has signed on as a spokesman for Metro by T-Mobile.

Antetokounmpo, who received the second-most votes for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game this weekend (behind LeBron James) and will captain Team Giannis, will appear in multi-media marketing for the company.

A lead 30-second spot,”Giannis Plays HORSE,” brakes this week on TV and online. A 15-second spot, “That’s Giannis,” will also be airing.

In addition to TV and digital media, Metro will launch a guerrilla-style social media campaign, “#TeamGiannis” this week as Giannis and the league prepare for the NBA All-Star Game.

People will be able to enter a sweepstakes on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a prize pack from Metro, including Nike shoes, a T-shirt and a custom hat.

The alliance comes just after AT&T this month replaced Verizon as the NBA’s official wireless telecom partner.

Although AT&T plans to have significant presence in Charlotte and on-air for the All-Star Game and surrounding events, Metro by T-Mobile plans to make an impact with the Greek Freak.

According to T-Mobile, which has positioned its Metro brand as a David to the Goliath’s of AT&T and Verizon, Antetokounmpo’s “background as an underdog has given him a unique connection to the Metro brand.”

“Like Metro, I’ve been an underdog most of my life, first as a son of Nigerian immigrants in Greece and eventually as an unheralded NBA draft pick,” Antetokounmpo said via the company. “That background has given me the edge I’ve needed to succeed and the perspective to know what’s valuable in life.

“Positivity, loyalty, and staying connected to my family and fans are all priorities to me. I’m proud to partner with a brand that shares those values and brings a much-needed counterbalance to the wireless market.”

According to John Legere, CEO for T-Mobile, “Nobody does destroying-the-status-quo like a Giannis drive to the hoop and a Metro by T-Mobile unlimited rate plan for the family for $1,200 less a year than AT&T and Verizon.

“It’s a perfect match of disruption!” A superstar this savvy? I’m officially #TeamGiannis.”

Antetokounmpo will also get All-Star Game related airtime via a new documentary, “Finding Giannis,” scheduled to run on TNT prior to State Farm All-Star Game Saturday Night (Feb. 15).

He also appears in a new safety video from Greece-based Aegean Airlines (pictured).

T-Mobile recently acquired naming rights to MLB’s Seattle Mariners home stadium, which since it opened in 1999 has been known as Safeco Field, but will be T-Mobile Park for the next 25 years.

The company also has naming rights to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, home for the NHL’s Golden Knights.

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