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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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Jun052019

NBA Eyes The Grapes Of Math, Signs Deal To Add Kids, Moms, Millennials

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 4, 2019:
The NBA takes in an estimated $1.2 billion in sponsorship and marketing revenue, but this is a new source: The league has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Blanc Vineyards, not to promote wine, but grapes.

Under terms of the pact, official league and team logos will appear on Blanc Vineyards grapes packaging for its newest varieties, including the Pristine, at supermarkets and in big box stores nationwide starting in June.

Financial terms were not released.

According to Blanc Vineyards, owned by the Campbell and Middleton families, the NBA deal is a way to “introduce consumers to a new kind of grape in an unexpected way.”

“We want to reach kids, moms, and millennials and working with the NBA is a great way to do that,” said Blanc Vineyards ownership.

“They're currently experiencing explosive growth. They have a huge social media following and they use it in ways other professional leagues don't. The NBA is popular globally, not just in North America, and has a very diverse fan base. It is these consumers we're targeting."

The NBA licensing agreement joins a roster of alliances for the Campbell Family, which since 2015 has entered into licensing agreements with a variety of firms, including The Walt Disney Company, to reach new customers

"Green grapes are natural, healthy snack food. To most consumers, they're all the same, but they're really not, which is why we believe the NBA partnership makes sense," Jack Campbell, co-owner, Blanc Vineyards, said via the Bakersfield, Calif.-based group.

"The NBA does an unbelievable job of highlighting their athletes, and we are applying the same strategy to the grape industry. Our Pristine green seedless grapes are bigger, crunchier and tastier. We consider them to be the world champions of the grape industry.”

According to Blanc Vineyards, "Pristine grapes have been carefully cultivated for more than 20 years to create a large, crispy, green seedless grape with all the characteristics consumers and retailers covet."

Campbell said that by putting consumers' favorite sport- or team-logo on its packaging, “we're able to instantly differentiate our products with a familiar and trusted name when they least expect it.

“That gives us a huge advantage at points of purchase and again for return sales.”

Blanc Vineyards is a joint venture between Four Star Fruit, Inc. and Delano Farms, Inc. The companies sell grapes from May to January and ship a combined 20 million boxes annually.

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