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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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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
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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Nov142016

Ford Draws On Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon Japanese Anime To Sell Automobiles

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2016: In their own cartoon universes, characters from Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z use special powers to defend the Earth from alien forces.

In their Madison Avenue universe, they use their powers to seek the keys to automobiles from Ford.

Building on a strategy it used earlier this year to target millennials, Ford has tapped into popular Japanese anime characters from the two Japan-based series in new spots for the car company’s Fusion and Focus.

The spots are part of an umbrella "Overdubs" effort in which the actual anime characters are heard to utter such statements as "The new Ford Fusion is the most stylish car I’ve ever seen" and "We want a car that has an audio system from Sony for listening to our favorite tunes."

As Ford explains it, "We’re picking some of our favorite TV shows and videos games and taking bad lip-synching to the next level."

For authenticity, the company was able to use the actual people who voice the anime characters.

Sailor Moon is a comic book series published in Japan from 1991-1997, and as an anime TV series from 1992-1997 (which was re-run more recently, including in the U.S. on Cartoon Network).

It tells the story of a young girl named Usagi, who is transformed into Sailor Moon, one of a group of schoolgirls who are incarnations of super-powered alien princesses. They use their powers to combat forces seeking to rule Earth, with Usage aided by her transformed cat, Luna.

The Sailor Moon spot is timed to not only sell the 2017 Fusion but also raise awareness for a feature-length Sailor Moon movie, due out this January, under the auspices in North America of Viz Media.

In "Sailor Moon’s Ford Fusion Dream," Usage is seen in one of her favorite pastimes— looking out her bedroom window and gazing at the stars.

"Look," she says to Luna, "I see the constellations Sagittarius, Libra and the new Ford Fusion. I just love it so much. the sculpted exterior, the newly redesigned grill and wheels. It’s the most stylish car I’ve ever seen."

Her cat Luna, who possess the power of speech, replies, "The new Fusion has more than just looks. It offers driver-assist features like pre-collision assist with pedestrian protections and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. They can help make driving less stressful."

The upcoming Salior Moon film, which will have a limited run, is a re-release from 1993 in a remastered HD format.

Dragon Ball Z, which dates back to the 1990s and airs in the U.S. on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, is featured in another Overdubs creative.

In a spot for the Ford Focus, "The Ultimate Wish Is Granted," Dragon Ball Z’s main characters, Krillin and Gohan, call upon Porunga, a magical dragon creature who is able to grant wishes. "Now that you have summoned me, what are your three wishes?"

The two boys have their priorities. "First, we want a car that has an audio system from Sony for listening to our favorite tunes. Second, we want another car, but this one comes with the rearview camera so you can see where you are going when you reverse. And third, we want a car with an EPA estimated 42 highway miles per gallon in case we need to drive around Planet Namek (where much of the story takes place) finding the dragon balls."

"Actually, all of those features are standard in the Ford Focus," says Porunga. "It just takes one wish."

"But we want three different cars," reply Krillin and Gohan.

"Enough!"says Porunga. "I’m just giving you the Ford Focus," followed by text, "Conserve your wishes."

Dragon Ball Z characters are also featured in a second spot for the Ford Fusion, "Witness An Unbelievable Fusion," in which they combine their powers, usually to ward off evil, for another purpose.

"It worked. Look at that stylish exterior. Looking like a true warrior. this Fusion is unbelievable." One of the characters then exclaims, "I call shotgun."

This past April, Ford ran a series of anime Overdubs spots for its 2017 Fusion Titanium and Focus, including a spot dedicated to its Ford Focus Electric.

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