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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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Apr052019

She Just Did It: Naomi Osaka Moves From adidas To Nike In MultiMillion Dollar Deal

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2019: A move that was being talked about this past summer has come to fruition.

Naomi Osaka, two-time tennis Grand Slam winner and currently ranked No. 1, has signed a deal with Nike.

Osaka, 21, had been with adidas since 2015 via a deal that officially expired at the end of 2018.

“Lost for words at this moment . . . I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m super excited for the future, Nike,” Osaka posted to her Twitter account, which has more than 400,000 followers. “Thank you.”

Nike shared the news the same day that adidas unveiled a multi-platform alliance with Beyoncé.

Financial terms and length of Osaka’s Nike deal were not shared.

It could be worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts.

Reports during the U.S. Open this past August-September had Osaka returning to adidas for a $10 million payday.

However, her agent, Stuart Duguid of IMG, said, “This partnership was in place long before the U.S. Open,” according to Forbes.

Signature lines and starring roles in marketing are expected to be part of the alliance.

An outdoor ad in Los Angeles featured a large shot of Osaka wearing the Nike ‘Swoosh” with text, “Change everything but yourself,” and the tag, ‘Just do it.”

Nike also posted a short clip, with photos of Naomi in Nike gear and the text, “Change everything but yourself,” in both English and Japanese.

“As we continue to inspire millions of athletes to chase their crazy dreams, Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes,” Amy Montagne vp, GM for Nike global categories, said via the company.

“We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Osaka was with two high-profile Nike endorsers when Nike unveiled the news, meeting with LeBron James and Kevin Durant during the Los Angeles Lakers-Golden State Warriors game in Staples Center.

Osaka’s deal begins this week. Her first official competition in Nike gear is scheduled to be at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, beginning April 22.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” Osaka said via Nike.

“Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

“Lost for words at this moment . . . I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m super excited for the future, Nike."

She earned $6.4 million last year in winnings, which also included a win last March at the BNP Paribas Open, and about $2-$4 million from endorsements, according to industry analysts.

The 21-year-old also has deals that include All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Citizen watches, P&G, Yonex, Shiseido, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

The deal comes as the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo build momentum, with Osaka expected to represent Japan on the national tennis team.

She earned $3.8 million for winning the U.S. Open against Serena Williams (also a Nike endorser), then $3 million for winning the Australian Open this past January

Osaka was still adorned with adidas logos as recently as last week during the Miami Open.

Moving forward, “I am sure Naomi’s priority is on the tennis court and to win more tournaments and grand slams," Duguid, said via the agency. "If she continues to do, so then the world is her oyster,”

PHOTOS COURTESY NIKE

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