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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

IOC Summit Meeting Sees Pros/Cons In Future of eSports/eGames In Olympics

By Barry Janoff

December 8, 2018: At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met in Lausanne Saturday (Dec. 8) for the 7th Olympic Summit.

Among the topics of discussion were the “approach of the Olympic Movement to eSports/eGames.”

The overview at this point: “The Olympic Movement should not ignore its growth, particularly because of its popularity among young generations around the world.” However, a “discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

According to the IOC, “Recognizing the fact that the sports movement is in competition with the eSports/eGames industry for the leisure time of young people, the Summit agreed that the Olympic Movement should not ignore its growth, particularly because of its popularity among young generations around the world.”

The committee agreed that “competitive gaming entails physical activity, which can be compared to that required in more traditional sports.”

However, they said that this “cannot necessarily be said to apply to leisure electronic gaming.

“For this reason, the use of the term sport with regard to eSports/eGames needs further dialogue and study.”

The IOC Summit also said that the Olympic Movement “should continue to engage with this community, while at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain.”

According to industry research and marketing firm NewZoo, San Francisco global eSports revenue is predicted to top $905 million this year and grow to $1.65 billion by 2021.

The global eSports audience will reach 380 million this year, including 165 million dedicated eSports fans and 215 million occasional viewers. The total will top 550 million by 2021, reports NewZoo.

More than 50% of eSports participants and followers are reported to be from the Asia-Pacifc region, according to NewZoo, an area that will be home to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Many companies associated with the IOC and the Olympics also have connections to eSports.

At their meeting, IOC Summit members observed that:

• Some eGames are not compatible with the Olympic values and therefore cooperation with them is excluded

• The industry is evolving rapidly, with the changing popularity of specific games and the rapid development towards augmented reality and virtual reality

• The industry is fragmented in nature, with tough competition between commercial operators

• The industry is commercially driven, while on the other hand the sports movement is values-based.

For all these reasons, a “discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

"A discussion about the inclusion of eSports/eGames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

The Summit advised major sports events organizers within the Olympic Movement to “respect this principle for their own competitions.”

The Summit also observed that a “number of these uncertainties do not apply to eSports simulation games. Because of this, accelerated cooperation with regard to these kinds of eSports is encouraged by the Summit.”

The IOC Summit encouraged international federations to explore the potential benefits and applications of the electronic and virtual versions of their sports, while ensuring they gain or retain appropriate control over the electronic/virtual versions of their sports; and restricting their engagement to activation in the e-versions and virtual forms of their traditional sports.

It was decided that the IOC and Global Association of International Sports Federatins would invite stakeholders of the eSports/eGames industry to a liaison group to explore jointly collaborative projects.

IOC: Closer To Adding eSports To Olympics?

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