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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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Oct272018

With 100 Days To Super Bowl LIII, NFL, Atlanta Committee Step Up Activation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 26, 2018:
Super Bowl LIII is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Today (Oct. 26) marked 100 days out until the Big Game, which the NFL and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee used as a jump-off point to unveil a plethora of marketing, events and other activation.

Verizon has been named presenting sponsor for Super Bowl Live, Atlanta-based Grammy award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri as the event’s music producer and On Location Experiences and their production company, Kreate “to develop the concept and production for Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon.”

Super Bowl LIII Live — a festival featuring live music, food and interactive entertainment free and open to the public — will take place in Atlanta’s Centennial Park, Jan. 26-Feb. 2.

As presenting sponsor, Verizon will have a visible brand presence around Super Bowl Live’s Verizon stage and private VIP area. In addition, Verizon will have additional activation space for fan engagement showcasing Verizon UP, the company’s customer rewards program.

Version was also the presenting partner for Super Bowl Live this past February at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

“Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon is an opportunity to celebrate and embrace Atlanta’s vibrant culture and renowned music scene,” Brett Daniels, COO for the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee,, said via the organization.

“We are thrilled to have the legendary Jermaine Dupri as our music producer for the free event in Centennial Olympic Park. His involvement will curate a special week of musical acts creating lasting memories for Atlanta residents and visiting fans during the days leading up to Super Bowl LIII.”

Dupri, an Atlanta native, is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of his record label, So So Def Records.

His involvement in Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon will include securing talent and producing the evening concerts across various genres.

“Since I’ve entered the music scene, I’ve always had concerns with how people view the city of Atlanta, both musically and overall,” Dupri, who has worked with such artists as Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Usher and Ludacris, said via the Atlanta Host Committee.

“It’s an incredible place to be, and I am always thinking of ways to make that view better. I feel it’s my duty as the Unauthorized Mayor to help Super Bowl Live create the best Welcome to Atlanta experience for the fans ever!!”

Super Bowl LIII will also be the official start of a year-long series of events and activation celebrating the NFL’s 100th season, with marketing, specific sponsorships and programs to be unveiled.

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee already unveiled that it has partnered with On Location Experiences, the official hospitality partner of the NFL, to develop local events surrounding Super Bowl LIII.

Last year, in partnership with the Minnesota Host Committee, OLE produced the Super Bowl Live festival in Minneapolis. More than one million people attended, according to OLE.

According to John Collins, CEO for On Location Experiences, “We are providing more opportunities for fans to participate in the full week of Super Bowl events in a variety of different ways.

Whether it is strolling through Super Bowl Live in Centennial Park or joining On Location through its VIP hospitality packages, there is a chance for everyone in Atlanta and beyond to join in on the excitement Super Bowl Sunday brings.”

“Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon is an opportunity to celebrate and embrace Atlanta’s vibrant culture and renowned music scene."

OLE’s brand ambassador is Emmitt Smith, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys.

OLE’s 2019 NFL Legends roster includes Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Terrell Davis, Warrick Dunn, Franco Harris, Devin Hester, Steve Largent, Ronnie Lott, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Andre Reed, Joe Theismann, Thurman Thomas, Hines Ward, Aeneas Williams and Rod Woodson.

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee said that additional details on Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon and the talent and activations would be unveiled in the coming weeks.

For Its 100th Season, NFL Planning Celebration Activation

Super Bowl LIII

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