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Athletes First’s Historic Deal With NBA Union

SPORTS: NFL superagency crosses over to the NBAThe National Basketball Players Association bucked tradition and decades of history in selecting a new subsidiary formed by Athletes First LLC in Laguna Hills to handle licensing and other partnerships for its star players rather than the league that helped make it the most powerful union in professional sports.

NJ Pendry Preps $1M Homes

A Pendry Hotel planned for a 2020 opening in Somerseet County, New Jersey, will include 24, for-sale residences on land once fit for a king.

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ESPN, Disney to Broadcast Overwatch League

ESPN, Disney XD and its family of networks will broadcast matches of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s Overwatch League in another major development in the booming esports scene.

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Segerstrom Adds to Board

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa appointed four members to its board of directors on Tuesday.

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2019 Weightlifting Event Shifts to Vegas

Budapest-based International Weightlifting Federation moved its March 2019 youth world championship from Anaheim to Las Vegas during the group’s executive board meetings in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a news report said.

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$180M in Galaxy’s Edge Construction Phase

A series of six construction permits for projects with a combined value of $180 million pulled over the last 30 days in Anaheim suggest the home stretch for elements of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new “land” expected to open next summer at Disneyland Resort.

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CBRE: Hotel Numbers Up in May

Average daily rates, occupancy, and revenue per available room held steady or grew year-to-date compared with the same period in 2017, research from CBRE Hotels in Los Angeles shows.

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Long Beach Airport Up In May

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic rose 8% in May, year-over-year, to about 345,000. Year-to-date traffic is up 9% to about 1.7 million.

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Airport Traffic Up In May

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic was up 4% in May, year-over-year, to 916,000, on about 4,000 flights, up 2% compared with the same month in 2017.

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Broughton to Run Hotels for U.K. Partner

Anaheim-based Broughton Hospitality Group’s hotel management division will “develop, acquire, and manage” properties in North America with Warrington, U.K.-based Bespoke Hotels, a press release said.

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Hotel Owner Starts ‘Holistic’ Brand

Private equity firm Alpha Wave Investors in San Clemente has formed Soul Community Planet to provide branding for hotels and other projects, with an initial investment of about $1 million, according to Chief Executive Ken Cruse.

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Ducks Net UCI Health Sponsorship

The UCI Health system has been named the inaugural presenting sponsor of the Anaheim Ducks, the franchise said this morning.

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Evolus Adds CMO

Evolus Inc. named Michael Jafar chief marketing officer, a new position, and its second recent hire from the executive ranks of Allergan plc.

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Five Family Firms Feted

Orange County's community of business gathered Thursday at Hotel Irvine to celebrate honorees of the Business Journal’s 19th annual Family-Owned Business Awards.

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Rome Calls on Clones in Hall Push

Jim Rome, who’s attracted millions of listeners with his hot takes on sports and pop culture and his confrontational demeanor, has been nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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Airport Turns In Solid FY 2017

John Wayne Airport reported a solid—even stolid—fiscal 2017 with stable revenue, positive operating income, and lower interest expense for the year ended June 30.

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