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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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Sep102018

ESPN 'MNF' Halftime Show Gets Presenting Sponsor With Hyundai’s Genesis

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 10, 2018: Hyundai, now in its fourth season as an official NFL marketing partner, continues to add to its presence across the league, signing a deal naming its Genesis auto brand as the marquee sponsor for ESPN’s Monday Night Football Halftime Show.

The alliance begins tonight when ESPN airs a Monday Night Football season-opening double-header, with the New York Jets at Detroit Lions (7 PM ET) and Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders (10:15 PM ET).

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Genesis Monday Night Football Halftime Show — hosted by Suzy Kolber with Steve Young and Louis RiddicK — will be presented commercial free courtesy of Genesis.

A special custom opening each week will feature landmarks and vistas from the host city will introduce that week’s musical artist and flow into the halftime show, according to ESPN.

Hyundai this season also signed on as the new presenting sponsor of NBC’s Sunday Night Football Kickoff show, complete with marquee presence leading into the prime-time game each week.

“Everyone at Hyundai is excited for the start of the NFL season and the opportunity to engage with football fans across the country,” Dean Evans, CMO for Hyundai Motor America, said in a statement.

Hyundai and ESPN said that Genesis would be incorporated into Monday Night Football through several branding elements, including on-screen graphics, desk signage, tune-in messaging and audio mentions.

The brand will also receive commercial inventory throughout the season.
 
“Genesis is partnering with ESPN to re-define Monday Night Football halftime shows and expand our presence as the official luxury car of the NFL,” Manfred Fitzgerald, evp and global head of the Genesis brand, said in a statement.

“We bring culture into everything we do at Genesis and we’re excited to combine sports and music performance for Monday Night Football.”

According to both parties, the cornerstone of the agreement will be a “unique musical performance to close the halftime show, by a different artist each week.”

Week 1 will see Boyz II Men will perform a special tribute to Aretha Franklin in Detroit with special guest Tori Kelly.

ESPN said that on select Monday nights, these performances would be live, on the field, during halftime of the Monday Night Football game. Other artists to be featured during the season include Zac Brown Band, Ciara and Daughtry.

According to Renie Anderson, svp-NFL partnerships, sponsorship and consumer products, “One of the benefits of being a league partner is that Genesis has the ability to leverage this authentically with ESPN, unlike any other in their category.

“Having the NFL’s official luxury automobile have a presence in one of the premier brands across the entertainment landscape – Monday Night Football – is a perfect combination.”

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