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Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (which produced the most combined points in a game in MNF history), earned an 11.3 overnight rating, based on the metered markets. It is the best overnight rating for an ESPN MNF game since 2014 (12.1, Dallas-Washington, 10/27/2014) and ESPN’s highest overnight rating since the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan 8.

• The PGA Tour has signed a multi-year deal with IMG Arena, IMG’s leading sports betting service and content hub, to distribute official PGA Tour scoring data for media usage and sports betting purposes to sports media companies, news services and other media organizations worldwide. IMG Arena will also have exclusive right to distribute official data and selected live video of PGA Tour competitions to international regulated sports betting and gaming markets.

• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring.

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
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1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

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Sep172018

Coca-Cola’s Dasani Sparkling Inks First Sports Sponsorship As PGA Tour Partner

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 17, 2018:
Calling it the first sports partnership in the brand’s history, Coca-Cola’s Dasani Sparking has signed a deal naming it the “official sparkling water of the PGA Tour.

The alliance begins this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Coca-Cola, headquartered in Atlanta, is a partner of the Tour Championship, which serves as the culminating event of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Financial terms were not released.

Coca-Cola said that company ambassador Jordan Spieth would be featured across Dasani Sparkling’s POP and on-course creative.

“We are extremely grateful for Coca-Cola’s longstanding involvement in golf and support of the Tour Championship since 1982,” Brian Oliver, evp-corporate partnership for the PGA Tour, said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that Dasani Sparkling has chosen the PGA Tour for its first sports sponsorship, and look forward to activating the PGA Tour platform to connect with fans and active golfers around the world.”

Coca-Cola said the Dasani Sparking pact builds on its “longstanding partnership with the PGA Tour, the company’s pouring rights with the Tournament Players Club network of clubs and its overall history in the game of golf, which traces back to the 1940s when Hall of Fame golfer Bobby Jones appeared in his first Coca-Cola campaign.

The alliance comes with other multi-media marketing, anchored by a TV spot, “Dasani Sparking Brings Extra Sparkle To PGA Tour,” that will break on NBC during its coverage of the Tour Championship.

The working tag line: "Dasani Sparking: Officially adding sparkle to the PGA Tour and the Tour Championship."

On-site, the product will be featured at the Dasani Sparkling seating sections, located at the 1st tee and 18th green.

For people 21 and over, several venues on-site will offer the signature cocktail of the Tour Championship, The Shamrock, made with  fresh lemonade, Dasani Sparkling Black Cherry and Grey Goose Cherry Noir.

According to Brad Spickert, svp-hydration for Dasani, “The PGA Tour continues to be one of sport’s most celebrated brands, and the Tour Championship one of golf’s most prestigious events.

"We look forward to extending our history in golf and connecting Dasani Sparkling with golf fans and the Tour’s tournaments around the world through the partnership.”

In the humorous commercial, a man who is not but appears to be a stockier version of golfer Dustin Johnson talks about the water obstacles at East Lake Golf Club but how Dasani would bring an “extra sparkle” to the proceedings.

“Golf is a tough game,” he says. “It’s about close-calls. It’s a game of risks and rewards. Go easy . . . or go for it. Breezes, teases, yips, shanks . . . water hazards.

“Golfers lose millions of balls each year in this lake,” he then says, referring to the major hazard at the signature 6th Hole (213 Yard Par 3), which the Club said was the first island green in America and “requires the golfer to fly the ball 200+ yards over water before seeing any signs of dry land.”

Said Spickert, “Dasani Sparkling is excited to make a splash at the storied East Lake property."

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