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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• Octagon and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a multi-tier consulting partnership, in which Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting and Marketing divisions will "advise the NWSL on its league media rights, sponsorship, and marketing." “The growth of the NWSL over the past six years has been tremendous, and the league, its teams and players show absolutely no sign of slowing down,” Christine Franklin, SVP, Marketing, Octagon, said via the firm.

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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Game, Set, Match: Women Tennis Players Are World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2019: The world’s top tennis associations — including the International Tennis Federation, the Women’s Tennis Assn. and the U.S. Tennis Assn. — and tournaments have been making significant moves to ensure that women players earn the same winnings as their male counterparts.

The result of that includes all four Grand Slams having the same payout for men and women winners.

The upcoming U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) is offering a total prize allotment of $57 million, up from $53 million last year, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving a record $3.85 million.

Concurrently, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation this past March, alleging that there is a vast discrepancy between what they earn versus the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

The USSF has since produced numbers that it says show such a gap does not exist.

The focus on earnings in tennis is also seen in the just-released "Top 15 World’s Highest Paid Women Athletes," which is dominated by tennis — 12 on the list, including the Top 11, according to the new study from Forbes.

They are led by Serena Williams at $29.2 million (not including her personal companies and venture portfolio, which Forbes put at $10 million), with the Top Five also including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.

The highest-paid non-tennis player on the list is USWNT star Alex Morgan at No. 12.

Williams was the only woman athlete who made Forbes' recent "Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World" (No. 63 overall).

According to Forbes, the Top 15 highest-paid women athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, compared with $130 million last year, each earning at least $5 million each.

By comparison, Forbes said about 1,300 male athletes will reach or surpass that figure in 2019.

Among the highest-paid male athletes, soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to Forbes.

Serena Williams' endorsement roster includes Nike, Gatorade, Beats by Dr. Dre, JP Morgan Chase, General Mills (she appears on a current limited-edition box of Wheaties), Pampers and Axa Financial.

Pre-U.S. Open, Williams is on the cover of the September issue of Essence, with a lengthy article inside.

Her social media following is strong, as well: more than 5.3 million on Facebook, 10.9 million on Twitter, 11.4 million on Instagram.

Naomi Osaka reached No. 2 due in large part to her back-to-back Grand Slam wins at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

She had been ranked No. 1 in the world but heading into the 2019 U.S. Open is No. 2.

Osaka won $3.8 million for beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open finals (the same payout as men’s winner Novak Djokovic) and then $2.9 million for winning the Australian Open (the same as men’s winner Djokovic).

Her deals are anchored by the recently signed multi-million alliance with Nike (her contract with adidas expired at the end of 2018) worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts..

Osaka’s marketing roster also includes MasterCard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido (bareMinerals — pictured — and Arissa), Yonex, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

Total prize money on the WTA Tour is $179 million in 2019, according to Forbes.

Alex Morgan, arguably regarded as the best female soccer player in the world, takes in more than $5 million from deals that include Nike (pictured), Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team FIFA World Cup champions in 2015 and 2019, also is following the path of other top athletes by forming her own media company

Forbes said its figures are based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes (Total Earnings/Endorsements)

1. Serena Williams tennis $29.2 million/$25 million
2. Naomi Osaka tennis $24.3 million/$16million
3. Angelique Kerber tennis $11.8 million/$6.5 million
4. Simona Halep tennis $10.2 million/$4 million
5. Sloane Stephens tennis $9.6 million/$5.5 million
6. Caroline Wozniacki tennis $7.5 million/$4 million
7. Maria Sharapova tennis $7 million/$6 million
8. Karolina Pliskova tennis $6.3 million/$1.7 million
9. Elina Sviolina tennis $6.1 million/$1.5 million
10. Venus Williams tennis $5.9 million/$5 million
10. Garbine Muguruza tennis $5.9 million/$3.5 million
12. Alex Morgan soccer $5.8 million/$5.5 million
13. P.V. Sindhi badminton $5.5 million/$5 million
13. Madison Keys tennis $5.5 million/$3 million
15. Aria Jutanugarn golf $$5.3 million/$2 million

SOURCE: FORBES

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