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BIG3 Comes To Milwaukee and the Celebration Continues

BIG3 has just announced additional changes to the 2021 season locations for weeks five and six. Games will now be held at the home of the recent NBA Champion Bucks, Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, August 5 and Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, IL on Saturday, August 7 with a special musical performance from Chicago’s own G-Herbo. All game times will remain in the same broadcast windows, with the Milwaukee games beginning at 3pm CT/4pm ET exclusively on Triller/FITE TV and the Chicago games starting at 11am CT/12pm ET on CBS followed by Triller/FITE TV.

The BIG3 recently announced the league’s return to Dallas this Saturday, July 31 as they bring back the widely successful BIG3 Ballout with a performance from NLE Choppa and welcome team Power’s first round draft pick, Dusan Bulut back from the Olympics after being deemed the “Michael Jordan” of 3-on-3 basketball. Watch as Bulut tries to prove he’s as good as they say live on CBS and Triller/FITE TV starting at 2pm CT/3pm ET.

“Milwaukee, Chicago and Dallas have been some of the most supportive cities of the BIG3 and we can’t wait to visit them over the coming weeks. Chicago was my old stomping ground and Cube’s been a Chicago favorite for decades! We sold out UIC Pavilion in our premier BIG3 season and the crowd was wild,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, BIG3 co-founder. “This weekend we’re making noise in Dallas for our dear friend and favorite shark, Mark Cuban, as we mark the return of the BIG3 Ballout and its success. This season is only getting better!”

“It’s an honor that all three of these world class venues welcomed us with open arms and with such short notice,” said Chris Hannan, BIG3 CEO. “Milwaukee has some of the most passionate basketball fans out there, and we are excited to keep the celebrations going in the Deer District. Chicago is one of the most storied basketball town in America and we are excited to once again add to that history before we head back to Las Vegas and the Bahamas later this summer. Dallas, get ready for an action-packed weekend ahead because we are bringing the fire,” said Chris Hannan, BIG3 CEO.

Known as a ground-breaking league that focuses on innovation, BIG3 implemented notable rule changes following the 2019 season which included lowering the minimum age of athletes from 27 to 22 and opening the league to all nonprofessional and professional athletes that want to try out. The playoffs, consolation, and championship will be held at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.


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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Jumping Preview

Tokyo 2020 is one of the most talked-about Olympic Games of all time, and as it arrives a year late and filled with challenges, for the stars of international Jumping the questions are clear:

How will the three-rider no-drop-score format play out in the battle for the Team medals? And is there anyone to get in the way of the pair who claimed individual silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018 and the individual European title a year later – Martin Fuchs and his super-horse Clooney – when it comes to individual gold?

With so few team competition opportunities in the lead-up to these Games, it’s difficult to make any predictions, but if the Division 1 Nations Cups that took place last month are anything to go by, then the on-form countries are Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

A total of 75 athletes will be chasing down their individual dreams when the action begins at Baji Koen on 3 August, and athletes from 19 countries will be giving it everything they’ve got when the team contest gets underway on 6 August. It will be a fascinating four days of Olympic equestrian sport.

Team France are the defending champions having clinched gold for only the second time in Olympic history in Rio 2016, and Penelope Leprevost is the only member of that victorious team to line out again at Tokyo 2020 where she will be joined by Mathieu Billot and Nicolas Delmotte. Silver went to the USA five years ago, while Germany won out in a thrilling jump-off against Canada for the bronze.

Comeback king Nick Skelton won Britain’s first Olympic Individual title in Rio with Big Star, a phenomenal and emotional achievement for the 58-year-old who had broken his neck in a fall 16 years earlier. Silver went to Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and the brilliant All In and this pair, who won individual European gold in 2017, will be joined by Malin Baryard-Johnson (Indiana) and Henrik von Eckermann (King Edward) in Tokyo.

The British have two of the team that secured Olympic gold for their country for the first time in 60 years in London 2012, and both Scott Brash (Hello Jefferson) and Ben Maher (Explosion W) also look set to challenge strongly for the individual medals.


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BIG3 Announces ‘Return Of The BIG3 Ballout’

The BIG3 has just recently announced that the league has changed the location of next weekend games on Saturday, July 31 to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for the “Return of the BIG3 Ballout.” The games will remain at the same broadcast slot on CBS and Triller/FITE TV beginning at 12pm PT/3pm ET. Due to increased COVID-19 concerns, the league has decided to also shift the August 5 and August 7 game days to two Midwestern cities with additional information to come. Given the increase in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant in Louisiana, staying in the city of New Orleans for 10 days was not in the best interest of the health and safety of the league’s coaches, players, and fans. The league is also enhancing league-wide protocols as COVID-19 rates rise throughout the country. The BIG3 returns to Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this weekend with games starting at 1pm ET on CBS on Saturday, July 24.

“Dallas is where we’ve played for the last three years and the ‘BIG3 Ballout’ in 2019 was a huge success, so we are thrilled to return next weekend and the fan base there has always been so supportive of the league,” said Jeff Kwatinetz, BIG3 co-founder. “We love our New Orleans fans and have played there before, but, at this late stage, putting our players and coaches in a bubble for 10 days was not realistic or feasible for our league.”

The league will return to the site of the widely successful 2019 “BIG3 Ballout.” In 2019, the BIG3 played six straight games and had musical performances by T.I. and Yella Beezy in front of a sold-out crowd.

“COVID-19 pandemic and the recent increase of cases across the country require sudden adjustments and changes in many businesses operations. We’re disappointed we aren’t able to be in front of the great New Orleans fans this summer, but the health and safety of our fans, players, coaches, and staff is always our number one priority,” said Chris Hannan, BIG3 CEO.

Known as a ground-breaking league that focuses on innovation, BIG3 implemented notable rule changes following the 2019 season which included lowering the minimum age of athletes from 27 to 22 and opening the league to all nonprofessional and professional athletes that want to try out. The playoffs, consolation, and championship will be held at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.


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NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony to Launch Debut Podcast

Top-10 all-time NBA scorer, 10-time NBA All-Star, and 3-time Olympic gold medalist Carmelo Anthony today announced that he and his multi-platform content company Creative 7 is launching the debut podcast edition of Anthony’s viral wine-focused YouTube series “What’s In Your Glass?”. The new platform will allow Anthony to deliver new episodes with even more engaging, inspiring and timely conversations with global icons.

Anthony, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, is one of the NBA’s biggest stars. After his 18th season in the league, Anthony is at the forefront of a growing wine movement in the NBA. Anthony began his wine journey over a decade ago and uses his platform to educate others and make the industry more inclusive and accessible.

On “What’s In Your Glass?”, Anthony will invite listeners to sit in on intimate chats with leading guests from the worlds of sports, wine, business, entertainment, music, politics, and more over a glass (or two) of wine—because wine is a drink best shared. Notable upcoming guests include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, leading songstress Andra Day, Oscar-winning filmmaker Shaka King, legendary rapper T-Pain, NBA star JJ Redick, Mavericks’ sharpshooter and host of Cadence13’s “The Old Man & the Three,” and more.

In addition to discussing the world of wine, Anthony will also spearhead in-depth conversations about the timely issues facing our society. Social justice is at the heart of all Anthony’s endeavors, both on and off the court, and that passion was most recently recognized in June 2021 when Anthony was named the inaugural winner of the NBA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award for “his dedication over the past year to pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and drive equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged.”

“What’s In Your Glass?” will launch with all-new episodes on July 22, 2021 on Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Spotify and everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will be available every Thursday across podcast platforms and on YouTube.


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New Jersey Sports Betting Slows in June but Revenue Booms

New Jersey’s online and retail sportsbooks rejoined the national trend of declining betting volume in June. But a hold of 9.3% pushed revenue at sportsbooks to more than $71 million, a remarkable result that blunted the effects of any summer slowdown, according to PlayNJ.

“Overall, New Jersey continues to perform far better than every other sports betting market in the U.S.,” said Dustin Gouker, analyst for the PlayUSA.com Network, which includes PlayNJ.com. “No market can completely overcome a lack of betting inventory, but New Jersey’s sportsbooks continue to find ways to capitalize on what the sports world is offering, most notably the NBA Playoffs and baseball.”

Online and retail sportsbooks took in $766.9 million in bets in June, according to official data released Friday. That is down 5.8% from $814.3 million in May, but up from $117.8 million in June 2020.

June’s action yielded $71.3 million in gross gaming revenue, the most in operator revenue since sportsbooks posted a record $82.6 million in January. Operator revenue was up 34.7% from $52.9 million in May and up exponentially over $12.6 million in June 2020.

June saw $190.9 million in basketball-related bets, easily the most of any sport during the month.

89.1%, or $734.7 million, of June’s handle came through an online operator. FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet commanded the market lead once again with $38.1 million in gross revenue, up from $29.8 million in May.

Meanwhile, retail sportsbooks continued to benefit from loosening restrictions with $83.9 million wagers in June, up from $79.6 million in May. Meadowlands/FanDuel led all retail books with $6.4 million in revenue in June.


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