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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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May242017

Despite On-Going Issues, Controversy, NBA Follows NCAA Back To North Carolina

By Barry Janoff

May 24, 2017: Even with opinions to the contrary, the NBA has decided the time was right to return to Charlotte, awarding the 2019 All-Star Game to the city, home to the Charlotte Hornets.

The game and events are scheduled for Feb. 15-17, 2019, in Spectrum Center.

“For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte," Adam Silver, NBA commissioner, said in a statement unveiling the decision. "Generations of families have attended games there, and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion for a team that is an anchor in the community."

The NBA planned to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte but switched the game and surrounding events to New Orleans due to North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, which impacted anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

The NCAA also pulled events out of the state due to the HB2 bill, but last month said it would again plan championship events in North Carolina after an amended HB2 bill was passed by state legislators.

The loss of the 2017 All-Star Game, NCAA events, concerts and business moves cost the state more than $2.6 billion, per industry analysts.

According to Silver, "While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law.

"Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies."

Silver said that all venues, hotels and businesses the league plans to work with during All-Star week "will adhere to these policies as well."

However, according to Chase Strangio, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project, "The HB2 replacement, House Bill 142, is no repeal — it is just a slightly restructured version of the same discriminatory mandates of its predecessor and once again singles out trans people for discrimination in both rhetoric and law . . .

"Showing just how quickly the defense of civil rights collapsed in the name of profit, the NBA and the NCAA have now further opened the door to new waves of discrimination in North Carolina and across the country," Strangio recently wrote on the ACLU Web site.

In an editorial last month when House Bill 142 was approved, the Charlotte Observer wrote, "House Bill 142 literally does not do one thing to protect the LGBT community and locks in HB2’s most basic and offensive provision. It repeals HB2 in name only and will not satisfy any business or organization that is truly intolerant of an anti-gay environment and of a state that codifies discrimination.”

Happy to see the All-Star Game to Charlotte was Michael Jordan, basketball Hall of Famer and chairman and majority owner for the Hornets.

"(We will) work with the Hornets to apply a set of equality principles to ensure every All-Star event proceeds with open access and anti-discrimination policies."

"We want to thank commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City," Jordan said in a statement. "All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.

"We look forward to serving as hosts for NBA All-Star 2019 and welcome all visitors and guests to Spectrum Center," said Jordan.

Concurred Fred Whitfield, president and COO for the Hornets, in a video posted to the team’s Web site, "It meant a lot that commissioner Silver really thought through the whole process and felt like, as a community, as a city, as a team, that we have put fourth our best effort in trying to be awarded the 2017 game.

"So for he and his team to allow us to claim the game back in 2019 and put our site on a global stage, which is something we worked so hard to do when we were awarded the 2017 game, it speaks volumes about our league and about the owners in the league who were supportive of the game coming back in 2019," said Whitfield.

"Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues," said Silver. "We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition."

The 2018 All-Star Game is scheduled for this February in Los Angeles.

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