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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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MiLB Unveils National Diversity Pride Platform To Support LGBTQ Community

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 3, 2019:
Calling it the “largest documented Pride celebration in professional sports,” MiLB has unveiled the official launch of MiLB Pride, part of the organization's diversity and inclusion initiative.

Some 70 MiLB teams will host Pride LGBTQ-themed nights or events this season, incorporating Pride into scheduled promotions, providing discounted tickets to LGBTQ organizations and/or engaging with the LGBTQ community both in the ballpark and beyond.

A national platform includes teams forming partnerships with more than 150 local LGBTQ organizations.

"Minor League Baseball stadiums have always been and will continue to be safe and welcoming places for all  people,”  Pat O'Conner, president and CEO for MiLB, said via the organization.

“MiLB Pride is yet one more way we're showing our ongoing commitment to our fans and to diversity and inclusion within the game of baseball."

MiLB said MiLB Pride was “created in response to the growing number of MiLB teams' Pride events and a desire to further conversations about LGBTQ inclusion throughout baseball.”

This past February, MiLB became the first sports league to join the Association of National Advertisers' Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing, which was “created to provide corporations with viable solutions for growth by targeting various thriving multicultural and inclusive market segments.”

In addition to the in-stadium events, some teams are giving back to their local communities by donating a portion of ticket sales to LGBTQ non-profit organizations in their area.

MiLB is also arranging educational workshops, networking opportunities and social event, “all designed to connect with the LGBTQ community and support the creation of a welcoming environment for LGBTQ fans, employees and partners in MiLB ballparks.”

Support includes a designated Web site, social media and MiLB Pride team merchandise such as T-shirts, caps, baseballs and accessories.

According to Vincent Pierson, director of diversity and inclusion for MiLB, ”Sports can bring people together and help transcend differences. MiLB Pride is putting the power of sports into action and building bridges to the LGBTQ community that didn't previously exist.

“Launching this program is a proud moment for the game of baseball and we look forward to building on this in the future."

Among MiLB's national partnerships are You Can Play — an organization that advocates for equality and respect for all who connect with sports, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity — and the Pride Tape initiative, "a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ players and fans."

"You Can Play is grateful to be partnering with Minor League Baseball as it continues to serve as a model for diversity and inclusion," Brian Kitts, president of You Can Play, said via the group.

"We share a commitment to growing a great sport by making locker rooms and stadiums safe for every baseball player and fan, including those in the LGBTQ community"

MiLB said MilB Pride is the latest platform to join its Diversity Initiative programs, including Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) focusing on Hispanic communities, Women in Baseball and the FIELD Program.

FIELD (Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development) “combines educational and leadership development with skill specific training, access to a vast network of sports professionals and industry knowledge and exposure to create a unique experience for selected participants."

MiLB Goes Mas Grande For Copa de la Diversión

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