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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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May142019

NHL Gaming World Championship Adds To Roster Of Marketers For 2019 Finals

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 14, 2019:
As a testament to its growing popularity, adidas, Astro Gaming, Brisk, Great Clips and MGM Resorts will join returning sponsors Honda, Scotiabank and EA Sports for the second NHL Gaming World Championship regionals and Finals in May and June.

Regional finals are scheduled for this month, with the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final scheduled for June 30 in Las Vegas.

Marketers will have on-site activation as well as presence across NHL Gaming World Championship media partners, including Twitch.TV/NHL, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and NHL.com/gaming.

The 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion will offer a $100,000 cash prize pool, including $50,000 for the winner.

In addition, the champion will be featured during the broadcast of the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone.

A 30-minute pregame show, The GWC Lobby, will debut ahead of the European Final.

The GWC Lobby will “introduce and profile competitors, outline the gameplay schedule, break down player strategy, and check in with the players as they warm up their hands for competition.”

The GWC Lobby is hosted in partnership with Great Clips, Honda and MGM Resorts International.

Among the onsite activation:

• adidas, the official outfitter of the NHL Gaming World Championship, will provide outfitting for finalists, including exclusive gamer jackets and adidas caps for each Live Regional Final.
 
• Astro Gaming, the official controller (or headset/headphones), will be supplying the official C40 TR Controller, Astro A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR used within gameplay across the Regional tournaments and World Final.

• Brisk, an iced tea soft drink produced via a joint venture between the Pepsi-Lipton Company and Unilever. will offer competitors refreshments at the Canadian Regional and World Final.
 
• North American partner Great Clips will host the Friends and Family Cheering Zone and be on-site to provide complimentary haircuts and stylings to participants and talent at the U.S. Regional and World Final.
 
• Returning for the second consecutive year as a North American partner, Honda will sponsor the “Road to the Finals” interview area, checking in with the gamers before, during and after each phase of competition across all phases of the Tournament.
 
• Scotiabank returns as an official Canadian partner, this year hosting a dedicated Fan Vote during the Canadian Regional live-stream that will award one of the competitors and a fan with a chance to serve as a guest of Scotiabank at the World Final in Las Vegas.
 
• As the official resort destination of the NHL, MGM Resorts will host the World Final at Allied Esports’ HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas inside The Luxor.
 
The schedule for Live Regional Finals (subject to change):

• May 18: European Live Regional Final Viasat Studios Stockholm
• May 25: Canadian Live Regional Final Sportsnet Studios Toronto
• May  30: United States Live Regional Final NBC Studios Stamford, Conn.
• June 30: 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final Esports Arena, Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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