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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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Feb062019

Hot Shots: NBA Teams Valued At Record $1.9B, Topped By Knicks, Lakers, Warriors

By Barry Janoff

February 6, 2019: The New York Knicks have one of the worst records in the NBA, have not won a NBA championship since 1972-73 and are currently moving players and salary with the intention of signing two major players for the 2019-20 season.

None the less, the Knicks continue to lead the NBA in one significant area: Most valuable franchise.

The team is valued at $4 billion, up 11% from last season, which is also tied for second most-valuable sports franchise in the U.S. with crosstown neighbors the New York Yankees, both behind the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys at $5 billion.

The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13% over last year and three times the level of five years ago, according to a new report from Forbes.

By comparison, the 32 NFL franchises are valued at an average of $2.57 billion, with six teams valued at $3 billion or more.

Second to the Knicks are the Los Angeles Lakers, now led by LeBron James, valued at $3.7 billion.

The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are No. 3 and the only other NBA team topping $3 billion at $3.5 billon.

With the Warriors leaving Oracle Arena next season for the $1 billion Chase Center — and with $2 billion in contractually obligated income from sponsorships, suites and season ticket holder fees for the new arena — Forbes said to “look for the Warriors to challenge the Knicks as the NBA’s leading revenue generator.”

The Top Five this season also includes the Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion).

The Knicks crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets come in at No. 6 ($2.35 billion) while the Lakers co-Staples Center tenants, the Clippers, are No. 9 ($2.2 billion).

With James leaving town, the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped from No. 15 last season to No. 25 this season ($1.28 billion).

The Milwaukee Bucks, now in new Fiserv Forum, come in at No. 22, valued at $1.35 billion, up 145% since the ownership group bought the team for $550 million in 2014, according to Forbes.

At the other end of the spectrum, but still valuable commodities: the Detroit Pistons at No. 26 ($1.27 billion), No. 27 Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.26 billion). No. 28 Charlotte Hornets ($1.25 billion), No. 29 New Orleans Pelicans ($1.22 billion) and No. 30 Memphis Grizzlies ($1.2 billion).

The Philadelphia 76ers were the biggest gainer for the second-straight year, up 40% to $1.65 billion.

Over the past five years, the largest franchise value gainer is the Warriors, up 367%, with the team winning three NBA titles over the past four years, according to Forbes.

The  Clippers were second (up 282% over the past five years) followed by the Sixers (252%), Bucks (233%) and the Toronto Raptors (222%).

Total NBA revenue hit $8 billion last season, up 8.5%.

According to Forbes, “In addition to the gains from TV and arena renovations, teams reaped the rewards of the NBA’s logo patch sponsorships.

“The three-year trial program started with the 2017-18 season, and every team except the Oklahoma City Thunder has a deal in place, at an annual rate of between $4 million and $20 million.”

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