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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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3. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

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5. Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
9. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
10. Isaiah Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers
11. Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
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Dec012015

Anheuser-Busch, NBA Draft Bigger Deal, Marketing Support, Brand Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 1, 2015: Anheuser-Busch, building on what it feels has been a solid alliance since 1998, has signed a four-year extension marketing partnership with the NBA.

Under terms of the deal, Anheuser-Busch remains the "official beer partner" for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League.

As part of the new agreement, Anheuser-Busch expands its marketing partnership to include USA Basketball and the league's Hispanic marketing initiative, Noches éne-bé-a.

Anheuser-Busch also has deals with 22 NBA teams.

Financial terms were not released.

Anheuser-Busch last month extended and enhanced its alliances with the NFL (Bud Light is the official beer sponsor for the league) and Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500.

The moves come as Anheuser-Busch InBev is finalizing its acquisition of SABMiller, valued at $107 billion, according to financial analysts.

Among other new activations under the extended deal, Anheuser-Busch and the NBA said they would work together to produce an original digital content media series "designed to bring (Anheuser-Busch's) brand messages to life through basketball."

The videos are scheduled to air on NBA-owned and Anheuser-Busch-owned properties this season.

The partnership also includes enhanced packaging and marketing rights. Among them, Anheuser-Busch can now feature select NBA and team logos collectively on a national basis on cans, bottles and other packaging and in promotional campaigns.

Anheuser-Busch said it would support its brands via the NBA's broadcast partners and continue to engage fans locally through its team pacts.

Anheuser-Busch also said that a number of its flagship brands would activate to support partnership. Budweiser and Bud Light will run concurrent NBA marketing efforts, with each brand owning year-round platforms and different marquee league events, including NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs, The Finals, NBA Draft and WNBA All-Star.

"The new agreement will allow us to connect our brands with the league, its teams and its fans through authentic campaigns that shape the industry."

"We've expanded this longstanding partnership in key areas that matter to our consumers, like content, packaging and our new affiliation with USA Basketball," Lucas Herscovici, vp-consumer connections for Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "The new agreement will allow us to connect our brands with the league, its teams and its fans through authentic campaigns that shape the industry."

According to Emilio Collins, NBA evp-global marketing partnerships, "Our relationship with Anheuser-Busch is one of our longest standing partnerships, and we're thrilled to be expanding our activation in new ways that span the basketball calendar. The marketing commitments being made by the Budweiser and Bud Light brands will engage fans in a multitude of new ways through live events, retail programs, digital activation and great storytelling."

Anheuser-Busch also has NBA partnerships in other regions, including a recently unveiled extension with Harbin Beer in China, and a new partnership in Brazil.

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