•  Maybe as good as it gets: Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 on March 23, 2018 
• Or for Jimi Hendrix fans maybe this is as good as it gets: Experience Hendrix & Legacy Recordings will release on March 9 Both Sides of the Sky, with 13 studio recordings between 1968-70, ten of which have never been released.

• The NBA, CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation plan to launch this winter The NBA Academy Latin America, an “elite basketball training center in Mexico City for the top male and female prospects from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.” It will be the NBA’s seventh elite training center globally.
• Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Real Madrid, topped Barcelona's Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or award, presented to the world's best soccer player, for the fifth time in his career and the second consecutive year.


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1. Carson Wentz QB Philadelphia Eagles
2. Dak Prescott QB Dallas Cowboys
3. Tom Brady QB New England Patriots

4. Ezekiel Elliott RB Dallas Cowboys
5. Von Miller LB Denver Broncos
6. Odell Beckham Jr, WR New York Giants
7. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers

8. Rob Gronkowski TE New England Patriots
9. James Conner RB Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Julio Jones WR Atlanta Falcons
11. Matthew Stafford QB Detroit Lions
12. Mitch Trubisky QB Chicago Bears
13. A.J. Green WR Cincinnati Bengals
14. Luke Kuechly LB Carolina Panthers
15. J.J. Watt DE Houston Texans



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6. Clint Dempsey
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10. Nicolás Lodeiro



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Marcus Mariotta Tennesse Titans To benefit: Habitat for Humanity
Eli Apple New York Giants To benefit: New York Police Department
Mark Barron Los Angeles Rams To benefit: My Brother's Keeper
Mike Glennon Chicago Bears To benefit: Chicago Police Foundation
Desean Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers To benefit: Brotherhood Crusade Los Angeles
Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs To benefit: Derrick Johnson's Defend the Dream Foundation
Patrick DiMarco Buffalo Bills To benefit: American Cancer Society
Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders To benefit: The Lupus Foundation of America
Eddie Lacy Seattle Seahawks To benefit: International Relief Teams
Mike Daniels Green Bay Packers To benefit: STOMP Out Bullying

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Q&A: With MLS, NHL As Blueprints, NLL Strives For Growth

The sport of lacrosse dates back hundreds of years, indoor box lacrosse about 150 years and the National Lacrosse League some 30-plus years, and in many ways the NLL is still the new kid on the block with financial, marketing, national broadcasting and a non-endemic fan base still in its relative infancy. But as Nick Sakiewicz, a 21-year executive with MLS before being named NLL commissioner in 2016, reveals in this Q&A, not only is the NLL — which begins its new season this weekend — building a solid ownership base (with owners from the NFL, NBA, NHL and next season Comcast-Spectacor as well as the co-founder of Alibaba), getting on the radar of more marketers and adding to a partnership roster that already includes Under Armour, New Era, CBS Sports Digital and Twitter, but its players are poised to become national stars. 'We are like soccer in the 1980s, the NHL about 30 years ago. It's not if, but when,' said Sakiewicz.

NBA 'Movers' Thomas, Butler Aided By Kids Foot Locker

It's tough being a new kid in a new town or a new player on a new team, but Kids Foot Locker is there to help Isaiah Thomas, Jimmy Butler and D'Angelo Russell, who were all traded to new teams in new cities prior to the NBA season, settle in by finding them new friends — real kids who also recently relocated to Cleveland, Minneapolis and Brooklyn, respectively — in a new campaign for the holidays. MORE

Visa Bringing Interactive Buying To Winter Olympics 

As the official payment technology partner for the Winter and Paralympic Games, Visa wants fans consumers, viewers and athletes to use all of their senses during the 2018 Olympics, unveiling two platforms to be implemented for the competitions in South Korea, the first using Visa Checkout to purchase in real-time Team USA gear as it is worn on-air by the athletes — to be supported as the events are happening by broadcast partner NBC — the other the addition of sound, animation and haptic (vibration) cues that signal when Visa transactions have been completed, which will be featured as part of Visa's global Winter Games marketing campaign. MORE

IOC Bans Russia From '18 Games, FIFA Cup Not Affected

Calling it an 'unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,' the IOC has banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Games due to 'systematic manipulation of the anti-doping' process but is allowing athletes from Russia to participate 'under strict conditions,' but none of this will have an impact on the 2018 World Cup being hosted this summer in Russia, according to FIFA. MORE

Iggy Pop Has Lust For Life And Billabong Board Shorts

Having established himself as the 'Godfather of Punk' thanks to decades of cutting-edge music and performances and — by himself and with The Stooges — such milestone songs as 'Lust for Life,' 'Real Wild Child' and 'The Passenger,' Iggy Pop, at age 70, is branding and branching out into the surf and beach lifestyle via a deal with Billabong that includes board shorts, wet suits, hoodies, hats and accessories inspired by music and concert posters from his career, supported by a multi-media marketing campaign According to Pop, 'Life is better in board shorts.' MORE

TopSpin Cause-Marketing Table Tennis Tourney Back In NY

The New York Giants need a coach and GM and the New York Yankees have hired Aaron Boone as their new manager, but it's table tennis that will be the big news in the Big Apple when TopSpin gathers more than 1,200 athletes and celebrities in New York on Dec. 6 for the 9th annual event to raise money for organizations that support underprivileged youths — supported by a bevy of companies and sports organizations such as AmEx, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, MLS, MLBAM, NFL, NHL, Turner Sports and WWE — with past events having included Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Julius 'Dr. J' Erving, Elena Delle Donne, Sue Bird, Paul Pierce and John Starks and TopSpin seeking to add to the $3M+ already raised over the years. 'Every child deserves access to quality, well-rounded education,' said Peter Farnsworth, founder of TopSpin. MORE

MLS All Ears For JLab Audio Official Multi-Media Alliance

Just in time for the Audi MLS Championship Cup game between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC (Dec. 9), the league has signed a pact naming JLab as its first official audio partner, with the initial activation to come after the title game when members of the winning side each receive a pair of exclusive Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds (not scheduled to hit retail until early next year) plus a sweeps offering an 'ultimate experience' at the 2018 MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta, supported next season by a multi-platform effort from JLab to include on-air marketing, at-game signage, Internet, social media and player-customized playlists 'powered by JLab Audio' on MLS channels. MORE

Bad Boy Mowers, Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowls En Route

 There will be 38 CFB bowls games played over the next few weeks, in addition to the two CFB playoff games and the National Championship, and brands nationwide will be getting a lot of air time with football thanks to their bowl game sponsorships, including the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparila Bowl, Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Dollar General Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Taxslayer Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, Outback Bowl and more. MORE

Telemundo Deportes' Goal: 'World Cup Great' Coverage

In 2011, Telemundo Deportes won the exclusive Spanish-language rights to air the World Cup in the U.S. beginning in 2018, and with the FIFA global event approaching, the division of Comcast-NBCUniversal has unveiled extensive multi-platform plans, including all 64 games live on Telemundo and cable sibling Universo, more than 500 hours of network coverage, 1K-plus hours of original programming across its digital platform, a bi-lingual marketing campaign and such innovations as the use of augmented and virtual reality. 'This will be the most-consumed, most talked about World Cup in the event's history,' said Ray Warren, president for Telemundo Deportes. MORE

Jozy Altidore Joins Selina, Rihanna On Puma Roster

One of the most prolific players in U.S. Men's National Soccer Team history has a new team, sports company Puma, which signed Jozy Altidore to become an ambassador in North America and Jozy making good on the new deal by taking the pitch in Future boots and scoring the game's only goal to lead his Toronto FC club to the 2017 MLS championship game, another highlight for Puma brand spokespersons that also include Selina Gomez, Rihanna, Usain Bolt and Arsenal FC. MORE

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My Cause My Cleats Hits NFL Turf For Second Time

This weekend, for the second year, NFL players across the league will be wearing their causes on their cleats, raising awareness for cancer, autism, Alzheimer's, children's diseases, domestic violence, cruelty to animals, literacy, arts and music and other efforts, beginning with the Redskins and Cowboys on Thursday Night Football and running through games on Dec. 3 and then Monday Night Football on Dec. 4, after which many of the shoes (some autographed) will be put up for auction, with the proceeds benefiting each player's respective cause. MORE

Is New NFL Deal A Prelude To Super Bowl In Mexico City?

The NFL and Mexico's Ministry of Tourism have extended their current deal — a three-year plan to play games in Mexico City in 2016, 2017 and 2018 — another three years to include regular season games from 2019-2021, invigorated by a growing fan and marketing base and what local and national officials said was a significant boost to tourism in and awareness of the country, but will this increasing interest south of the border — more than 77K attended Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders — eventually lead to a Super Bowl being played in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City? MORE

Dak QBs Effort For Tostitos Bite Size, Salvation Army

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can handle a football, but can he handle a bag of Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size tortilla chips? People will soon find out as Prescott has signed to be brand ambassador for the new product, which comes with multi-platform marketing — including a TV spot to break on Thanksgiving Day during the Cowboys-Los Angeles Chargers game on CBS — as well as a cause marketing component that sees PepsiCo division Frito-Lays make a donation to local Salvation Army chapters for every bag of Yellow Corn Bite SIze sold between now and the end of the year, up to $500K. 'I'm excited to partner with Tostitos on this program that really will make a difference,' said Prescott. MORE

NBCU Eyes $1B Ad Sales From Games, Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII is just about three months away (Feb. 4) and the Winter Games follow right behind (Feb. 9-25), and in a rare case of broadcast double-dipping NBCUniversal has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to both, which could have caused overload for some advertisers but is becoming quite the opposite, according to Dan Lovinger, evp-advertising and marketing for NBC Sports Group, who said that because less than 50% of the audience watch both mega-events, 25% of ad sales is coming from companies buying into both. 'Our marketplace is healthy, sales are brisk,' said Lovinger, who anticipated that combined ad revenue would top $1B. MORE

Justin (Sans Janet) To Play Super Bowl LII Half Time

Given enough time, it seems, everyone can be forgiven, which is the case with Justin Timberlake, who with Janet Jackson was part of the infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' half time show in 2004 during Super Bowl XXXVIII, but is now returning from NFL banishment to star in the Pepsi Halftime Show during Super Bowl LII this February. 'That won't happen this time,' Timberlake told Mike Tirico during half time of NBC's Sunday Night Football. MORE

NFL Has Free Super Bowl Tickets, But Don't Call Them

With Super Bowl LII less that four months away, the NFL is ramping up its marketing machine, including a first-time initiative that will see the league give away 500 tickets to the Big Game scheduled fo Feb. 4, 2018 in U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, but don't call them, they'll find you via randomly selected community programs, schools, ardent team supporters, at fan forums, clinics, 'during tailgates, in stadiums and even inside the homes of fans,' according to the NFL. 'This is one of the many ways we want to thank our fans for their love and support of our teams and the games,' said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. MORE

NFL Taking '18 Draft To Cowboys AT&T Stadium

The NFL may only be seven weeks into the 2017 season, but plans are in place for the 2018 Draft in April, which is on the move again to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas after taking place the last few years in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, with the league seeking to fill the Dallas Cowboys 100K-plus venue over the three-day event and top the attendance mark set earlier this year in Philly (250K) as well the $94M in economic impact that Philadelphia realized. 'Dallas will enable us to continue the Draft's evolution and grow it even farther,' said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. MORE

NFL, ACS Intensify Message In Fight Against Cancer

Since 2009, the NFL, NFLPA and the American Cancer Society have worked together to raise more than $18M to find a cure for cancer, but they are intensifying their strategy in October during Cancer Awareness Month to expand the message beyond breast cancer to other forms of the disease, with teams, players and owners supporting the 'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer' initiative to include multi-platform marketing, an auction with autographed jerseys and game-worn items and 'The Defender,' an app that people can use to identify personal cancer risks and then take steps to prevent them. MORE

Report: NFL 'Most Powerful, Marketable' League In U.S.

During its 2017 opening week, the NFL seems to be everywhere, from TV and advertising to supermarkets and backyard parties, so it may come as no surprise that the NFL has been deemed the 'most powerful' sports league in the U.S., ahead of MLB, NBA. WWE, UFC and others, according to a new report from E-Poll Market Research, which also found that the Dallas Cowboys, while not No. 1 in 'appeal,' are the 'most marketable' team in the league, ahead of the Green Bay Packers and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, and that among players Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals had the most appeal but that New England's Tom Brady was best-known. MORE

Cowboys, Yankees Top List Of Most Valuable Franchises

Many people may not refer to the Dallas Cowboys as 'America's Team' but  even naysayers have to call them the most valuable franchise in the world, estimated at $4.2B, according to a new report from Forbes, which has the New York Yankees second overall ($3.7B), three soccer clubs in the Top 5  - Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona - and 29 NFL teams overall among the Top 50, with 'all 32 NFL franchises turning a profit of at least $26M.' MORE

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Are MLB '18 Mexico Games Part Of Expansion Plan?

Next year, for the first time in nearly 20 years, MLB will have a regular season series in Mexico, with the Los Angeles Dodgers playing the San Diego Padres in Estadio de Béisbol, Monterrey in May — the last MLB regular season games in Mexico were way back in 1999 — part of a larger push by the league to build a fan and marketing base south of the border with the potential of establishing an expansion franchise in Mexico City sometime in the future. 'I think we have some great (expansion city) candidates . . . I would like to think Mexico City or some place in Mexico would be (a) possibility,' MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said this past season. MORE

Pepsi Signs Aaron Judge As National Brand Ambassador

This past season, Pepsi lost its official status with MLB when it was replaced by rival Coke, but maintained team alliances including the New York Yankees, and now has taken a majo