• 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.”


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)
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)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club


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

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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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


NRF: People Will Spend $14.8B To Party With Rams-Pats During Super Bowl LIII

By Barry Janoff

January 24, 2019: Marketers are spending $5 million or more for 30 seconds of air time on CBS during the national broadcast of Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, with a total spend of $480 million, according to industry analysts.

That expenditure may already be paying dividends.

People in the U.S. who plan to watch the game said they would spend an average $81.30 for a total of $14.8 billion to watch the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.

That includes food, drink, hosting parties, team apparel, new TVs, tech equipment, furniture and other accessories and accouterments, according to the just-released 2019 Super Bowl Spending Survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

The overall spending is the third-highest among NRF Super Bowl surveys dating back to 2007, behind the record $15.5 billion spend for Super Bowl 50 in 2016 and $15.3 billion during Super Bowl LII last year.

Spending is expected to be at one the highest levels we’ve seen. And retailers are ready whether you need food, team jerseys, decorations or a new TV,” Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington DC-based NRF, said via the organization.

“You don’t have to be a football fan to celebrate the Super Bowl. Whether it’s to see who wins, watch the halftime show and commercials or just get together with friends, this is the biggest party since New Year’s Eve.”

The total amount is down from last year’s Super Bowl LII $15.3 billion “primarily because fewer people plan to watch the game — 182.5 million this year compared with 188.5 million last year,” according to the NRF survey, which found that 72% of adults who responded plan to watch the game, down from 76% last year.

However, this year's anticipated spend is up from the $14.1 billion spend for Super Bowl LI in 2017.

NRF said the survey of 7,384 adults 18 and older was conducted Jan. 2-9, before it was known which that the Rams and Patriots would play.

It has a margin of error of plus/minus 1.2 percentage points.

The viewership numbers may differ from other figures such as official TV ratings because they include all individuals who say they will watch regardless of how or where, according to the NRF.

The biggest spenders are those ages 35-44 with an average $123.26. The lowest are those 65 and older at $40.97.

Viewers in the Northeast plan to spend the most, an average of $94.89, followed by the West ($84.01). Both of those totals are likely to increase with the Super Bowl presence of the Patriots and Rams.

They were followed in average spend by the South ($79.09) and Midwest ($69.24).

Among those who plan to watch, 79% plan to buy food and beverages, 10% team apparel and accessories, 7% decorations, 7% new TVs and 4% furniture such as entertainment centers.

Based on NRF numbers, Super Bowl marketers need to work harder for their $5 million-plus 30-second investment.

The survey found that 76% see the commercials as entertainment but only 10% are influenced to make a purchase.

The largest share of those watching (43%) say the game is the most important part of the event, followed by the commercials (23%), getting together with friends (14% ),  the halftime show (13%) and the food (7%).

The ads carry more weight among younger viewers, with 17% of respondents ages 18-24 saying the commercials influence them to buy while 16% are prompted to search online for more information.

Among viewers, 61 million (24%) plan to attend a party, 44 million (17%) will throw one and 13 million (5%) will watch in a bar or restaurant.

Super Bowl spend was $14.3 billion for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and $12.3 billion and $12.4 billion for Super Bowl XLVII (2013) and Super Bowl XLVIII (2014), respectively.

Current spend is up more than $5 million from ten years ago, when NRF numbers showed a $8.7 billion spend for Super Bowl XLI (2007), $9.5 billion for Super Bowl XLII (2008), $9.6 billion for Super Bowl XLIII (2009) and $8.9 billion for Super Bowl XLIV (2010).

According to Phil Rist, vp-strategy for Prosper Insights & Analytics, “The numbers vary from year to year, but regardless of the economy, politics or the weather, most Americans manage to take a break every year for the Super Bowl.

“The big game is a day for big spending regardless of who plays or wins.”

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