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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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Dec102018

Report: Regarding Abuses By Nassar 'Collective Failure To Protect Athletes’

By Barry Janoff

December 10, 2018: Global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, led by partners Joan McPhee and James P. Dowden, has released a 233-page independent report that details the findings of their investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and others since the early 1990s.

The report, “The Constellation of Factors Underlying Larry Nassar’s Abuse of Athletes,” was commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee. It draws upon more than 100 witness interviews and a review of more than 1.3 million documents and covers 233 pages.

According to Ropes & Gray, “Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of girls and young women was a manifestation of a broader set of factors and conditions in elite gymnastics and Olympic sport that allowed the abuse to occur and then to continue uninterrupted for almost 30 years.

“The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him does not excuse any of them, but instead reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.”

The Ropes & Gray report says that then USOC CEO Scott Blackmun and then USOC chief of sport performance Alan Ashley learned about the Nassar situation from Steve Penny on July 25, 2015 when Penny was CEO for USA Gymnastics.

The allegations, since proven, did not become public until September 2016 via a story in the Indianapolis Star.

According to the Ropes & Gray report, neither Blackmun or Ashley “engaged with USAG on the reported concerns, shared the information with others at the USOC or took any other action in response to the information from Mr. Penny to ensure that responsible steps were being taken by USAG and the USOC to protect athletes.”

USOC itself has had a significant executive turnover this year, including Ashley, who was let go today following the release of the Ropes & Gray investigative report.

“Our aim was to get to the bottom of what went wrong,” McPhee and Dowden said via the law firm.

Nasser is now in prison for sexually abusing more than 350 young women while working as a doctor for USA Gymnastics.

The USOC is seeking to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as a national governing body.

USA Gymnastics last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid hundred of lawsuits from athletes who were victims of Nassar.

In September, the USOC said that chairman Larry Probst would step down from his position at the end of the year, succeeded by Susanne Lyons, independent USOC board member and until recently the USOC’s acting CEO.

Lyon’s was named interim CEO after Blackmun resigned in February, citing his battle with prostate cancer. He had been CEO since January 2010.

In July, the USOC named Sarah Hirshland as its new CEO.

According to Susanne Lyons, USOC independent board member and incoming board chair, “The USOC board commissioned this independent investigation because we knew we had an obligation to find out how this happened and to take important steps to prevent and detect abuse. We now have a much more comprehensive view of individual and institutional failures.

“The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him . . . reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.”

“Everyone in the Olympic and Paralympic community, including the USOC, must learn from the report and take appropriate actions to strengthen protections for athletes. We recognize that we must do more, and we will do more.”

USOC said that Ropes & Gray "had complete control over the investigation, the questions asked, the documents reviewed, and the findings made.”

Ropes & Gray said that the scope of its investigation “extended not only to ‘who knew what when’ and what was and was not done in response, but also to any systemic deficiencies, failures of oversight, cultural conditions or other factors contributing to Nassar’s serial sexual abuse of young athletes over an extended period of time.

The law firm said its independent investigation also “looked across elite athletics and Olympic sports to identify any relevant facts and circumstances or patterns across the National Governing Bodies for Olympic sports to more broadly inform our assessment of contributing factors and conditions. “

Although Lyons stated that “This year, the USOC has already taken important actions to strengthen athlete safeguards and help the USOC be more effective in our mission to empower and support athletes,” she also admitted, “The U.S. Olympic community failed the victims, survivors and their families, and we apologize again to everyone who has been harmed.”

According to Ropes & Gray, “It remains our sincere hope that our factual findings will inform efforts going forward to protect young athletes, and will help to ensure that a predator like Nassar can never again find so accommodating a home in sport.”

Download the full report here.

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