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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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Hockey Moms Take Center Ice In Multi-Platform NHL Deal With MassMutual 

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 10, 2019:
With the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs upon us, the NHL has signed a multi-year partnership enhancing its alliance with MassMutual, naming the firm the “official life insurance and retirement planning partner” for the league.

The collaboration builds on MassMutual’s role as a retirement plan provider for the NHL.

To support the alliance, MassMutual has unveiled multi-platform marketing centered around moms and Mother’s Day, the NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual.

Among other activation, MassMutual will be the presenting partner for the NHL’s Thanksgiving Day float.

MassMutual will also receive significant presence during NHL tentpole events, including the NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series, NHL All-Star Weekend and across NHL broadcast and digital media channels throughout the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Most Valuable Hockey Mom effort celebrates Mother’s Day and the “sacrifices hockey moms across the United States make behind the scenes every day.”

Now through May 3, people can nominate hockey moms and share their inspiring stories of commitment, contributions and support to the sport and those who play it.”

As selected by the NHL and MassMutual, a winning NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual will receive a trip along with a guest to attend the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. (Details here.)

In addition, starting with the 2019-20 NHL season, featured hockey moms and their stories will be celebrated throughout the season with unique content, including an invitation to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“MassMutual and the NHL share a common value around those who are making a positive impact on society,” Max Paulsen, NHL director of business development, said via the league.

“Honoring hockey moms — significant and influential role models in our game — is the perfect way to start this new partnership. We look forward to working with MassMutual to create more meaningful initiatives like the NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual that will celebrate the game and inspire deeper engagement with hockey fans.”

On a local level, MassMutual’s field advisors will be encouraged to participate in the relationship by leveraging unique NHL hospitality experiences and community engagement efforts.

According to both parties, the partnership marks MassMutual’s and the NHL’s “shared values and commitment to diversity, inclusion and teamwork by marrying the NHL’s league-wide initiatives with MassMutual’s brand ethos to  ‘Live Mutual’ and the celebration of unsung heroes, who give back to the game, their families and their communities.

According to Jennifer Halloran, head of brand and advertising for MassMutual, “We are pleased to join with the NHL to shine a light on the selflessness of the parents and guardians in the tight-knit hockey community and its multi-generational fan base who share the values of passion, perseverance and support of one another.”

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