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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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Jun142018

Messi, Manchester United Make Their Mark As Soccer’s Most Valuable Franchises

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 13, 2018:
Soccer supporters call their sport the biggest in the world.

They have a solid argument, especially during the World Cup.

The 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.69 billion, up 14% over the past year and 74% since 2013.

The top 20 teams raked in an average of $428 million in revenue during the 2016-2017 season, 40% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Forbes.

Manchester United is the world’s most valuable soccer team, valued at $4.12 billion.

That figure is up from $3.69 billion last year.

In addition, Manchester United generated the most revenue ($737 million) during the 2016-2017 season and nearly 50% more operating income ($254 million) than any other soccer team, according to Forbes.

Among ManU’s partners are automotive and jersey sponsor Chevrolet, adidas, AON, 20th Century Fox, DHL, EA Sports, Gulf, Epson, New Era, Tag Heuer and Uber.

The Top Ten most valuable soccer franchises in the world behind ManU include: 2. Real Madrid ($4.09 billion), 3. Barcelona ($4.06 billion). 4. Bayern Munich ($3.05 billion), 5. Manchester City ($2.47 billion), 6. Arsenal ($2.24 billion),  7. Chelsea ($2.06 billion), 8. Liverpool ($1.94 billion), 9. Juventus ($1/47 billion) and 10. Tottenham Hotspur ($1.24 billion).

The top-valued uniform sponsorships are led by Barcelona (Rakuten $247 million), Manchester United (Chevrolet $202 million) and Real Madrid (Emirates Airlines $200 million).

Manchester United brings the heat in media, as well: More than 73.6 million likes on Facebook, 18.3 million followers on Twitter, 22 million followers on Instagram.

The highest-paid soccer players in the world, according to Forbes, are led by Leo Messi, who earned $111 million over the past 12 months, including $27 million in endorsements.

His deals include adidas, Pepsi/Gatorade, MasterCard, Huawei Technologies and Ooredoo.

He also is his own social media cottage industry, with more than 89.7 million likes on Facebook, 93.1 million followers on Instagram, 29.3 million followers for Messi’s Barcelona club plus several fan-run Messi Twitter accounts that top three million followers.

Among the other top-paid soccer stars are Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million, with $47 million in endorsements), Neymar Jr. ($90 million, $17 million in endorsements),  Gareth Bale ($34.6 million total), Paul Pogba ($29.5 million total), Oscar ($27.4 million), Luis Suarex ($27 million), Wayne Rooney ($27 million), Sergio Aguero ($23.5 million) and Angel Di Maria ($22.6 million).

Even with all of its assets, Manchester United is not the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

That title belongs to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), followed by Manchester United, according to Forbes.

The Top Ten also includes Real Madrid ($4.09 billion), Barcelona ($4.06 billion), MLB’s New York Yankees ($4 billion), NFL's New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), NBA’s New York Knicks ($3.6 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($3.3 billion), New York Giants ($43.3 billion) and two time-defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors ($3.1 billion).

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