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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).

Thursday
Apr122018

Nike Unveils New Jerseys, Alliance At WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: When the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm commenced Thursday night in Nike Headquarters NY, (ESPN2, 7 PM ET), a number of top prospects were introduced not only to the world of pro sports but also to the world of pro sports marketing.

In addition to State Farm and host Nike, among the WNBA partners activating around the Draft included Fanatics, New Era, SAP and Verizon, as well as the NBA Store on 5th Ave.

During Round 1, State Farm and Nike were most prominent.

As presenting partner, State Farm received logo placement in the official WNBA Draft logo and inclusion on marketing materials generated by WNBAE.

On ESPN 2, State Farm has four 30-second spots and two five-second billboards, plus on-air graphics and on-site signage.

State Farm will also receive run-of-site banner ads on WNBA.com and present the WNBA Draft section at WNBA.com.
 
Nike is now in its first season as WNBA official on-court apparel provider (taking over from adidas, as it did this past season in the NBA). The company signed an eight-year deal in 2015, valued at $1 billion by industry analysts, which took effect this season.

The deal also includes the NBA’s Gatorade Developmental League.

Kelsey Plum, last year’s No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick, signed with Nike after being selected by the then-San Antonio Stars, since relocated to Las Vegas as the Aces.

This year’s overall No. 1 pick was A’ja Wilson (South Carolina), also drafted by the Aces.

Other first round selections included No. 2 Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State, Indian Fever), No. 3 Diamond DeShields (Tennessee, Chicago Sky), No. 4 Gabby Williams (UConn, Chicago Sky), No. 5 Jordin Canada (UCLA, Seattle Storm), No. 6 Azurá Stevens (UConn, Dallas Wings), No. 7 Ariel Atkins (Texas, Washington Mystics), No. 8 Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State, Indiana Fever), No. 9 Lexie Brown (Duke, Connecticut Sun) and No. 10 Kia Nurse (UConn, New York Liberty).

Each player drafted received a Nike Icon Edition jersey, presented to them by WNBA president Lisa Borders.
 
On Friday (April 12), Nike will release its line of WNBA fan apparel on WNBAStore.com.

The brand previewed the uniforms in a video on social media. The jerseys feature the Nike Swoosh, Verizon’s logo as a league-wide sponsor and each team’s jersey-front sponsor.

Among the 2018 team sponsors (to date):

• Chicago Sky: University of Chicago Medicine

• Connecticut Sun: Mohegan Sun Casino (franchise owner)

• Dallas Wings: American Fidelity

• Indiana Fever: Finish Line

• Los Angeles Sparks: EquiTrust

• Minnesota Lynx: Mayo Clinic

• New York Liberty: DraftKings

• Phoenix Mercury: Talking Stick Resort and Casino

• Seattle Storm: Swedish Medical Center

New Era has produced its first WNBA Draft cap design for the 2018 event.

SAP will air a 30-second spot and have signage in the venue.

SAP is also the presenting partner for the WNBA stats section on WNBA.com.
 
Verizon will have signage on-site and conduct demonstrations from a WNBAE-designated area in Nike headquarters.

On Friday, in the NBA Store, Nike and Fanatics will unveil and promote fan apparel, supported by banner ads on WNBA.com and posts on social media.

Rounds 2 and 3 will air on ESPNU.

The 2018 WNBA season begins May 18.

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