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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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Apr142019

NFL Helmet Test: Findings Making Major Impact With Players, Companies, Football

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2019: With the 2019 NFL Draft just two weeks off, the NFL and NFL Players Assn. have released the results of their annual laboratory study to assess the performance of helmets worn by NFL players.

The NFL and NFLPA said that after releasing last year's list, “Approximately 50% of NFL players upgraded to a better-performing helmet.

“The percentage of players wearing helmets in the top-performing category increased by one-third to 74% of all players by the end of the 2018 season.”

The NFL and NFLPA said that as of the final week of the 2018 season, only 32 players (less than 2% of total players) remained in one of the prohibited helmets.

This year, for the third consecutive time, the Vicis Zero1 helmet earned the No. 1 ranking. 

"The Zero1 was a technological breakthrough when first introduced and it remains No. 1 in NFL-NFLPA rankings three years later," Dave Marver, CEO and co-founder for Vicis said via the Seattle-based company.

"With the Zero1 Youth’s top rating in inaugural Virginia Tech Youth Helmet Ratings, Vicis is now the top choice for athletes at all levels of football."

Introduced to NFL and NCAA teams in 2017, the Zero1 has been adopted by more than 1,200 high school programs and 150 professional and college teams across the country, according to the company.

The Top Five rated helmets also include the Shutt F7 LTD, Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond, Riddell SpeedFlex Precision and Shutt Air XP Pro VTDII.

The NFL and NFLPA's annual testing assesses the performance of all helmets in use in the NFL to determine their ability to best reduce the severity of head impacts, empowering athletes to make more informed decisions about their protective equipment.

There are 34 helmets on this year’s list, of which the NFL and NFLPA tested 11.

Helmets are listed as “Top Performing” in descending order.

An additional 11 helmets are listed as “Prohibited.”

The NFL and NFLPA said that the results of this study “should not be extrapolated beyond the NFL, including to collegiate, high school or youth football.”

Ninety-nine percent of NFL players wear helmet models tested in this study.

None of the 11 helmets tested this year were added to the list of prohibited helmets.

However, those helmets on the prohibited list in 2018 remain prohibited in 2019, “and no player will be grandfathered into being able to wear a prohibited helmet this season,” according to the NFL and NFLPA.

Analysis of on-field game concussions for the 2015-2018 seasons showed that players wearing top performing helmets “had a lower rate of reported concussions” than those wearing lower-rated products.

“The percentage of players wearing helmets in the top-performing category increased by one-third to 74% of all players by the end of the 2018 season.

Six of the 11 helmets tested this year “are among the Top Ten rated models, “signaling that industry-driven improvements in design, engineering and technology are yielding better results for reducing head impact severity in the tested conditions.”

All helmets tested met the current National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment certification standards to protect players against severe traumatic skull and brain injuries.

Of the Top 25 rated helmets, Shutt had 11, Riddell 7, Zenith 6 and Vicis 1.

The tests were conducted by an independent helmet testing laboratory, Biokinetics Inc. of Ottawa, Canada. An independent biostatistician was retained to assist in the analysis of the data. Results were reviewed by NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills and by NFLPA Medical Director Dr. Thom Mayer.

The experimental design and data analysis were performed by NFL-appointed consultants,

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