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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jun252018

Gatorade Signs As First Lead Sponsor For Jr. NBA World Championship Tournament

By Barry Janoff

June 26, 2018: NBA partner Gatorade has signed as the first primary partner for the premiere Jr. NBA World Championship, a tournament for elite 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams worldwide.

The NBA is planning to add other partners, including from its existing roster of marketing alliances.

Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) are official Jr. NBA World Championship ambassadors.

Fox Sports recently signed a multi-year deal to broadcast Jr. NBA World Championship games, beginning with 16 games during the 2018 Finals to air on Fox and FS1.

Regional competition began in May.

Playoffs will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. beginning Aug. 7, with the boys and girls finals scheduled for Aug. 11-12.

Gatorade said it would build on its existing partnership with the NBA, WNBA and NBA G-League.

(Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League became the NBA G League as part of a multi-year expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade.)

As part of the partnership, Gatorade will be able to use Jr. NBA World Championship marks in multi-media marketing and promotion of products.

In addition, Gatorade will be included on the Jr. NBA World Championship Web site, in select Jr. NBA World Championship marketing and promotional materials and on courtside rotational signage at the World Championship event.

Among other activation, Gatorade will support the event’s off-court programming, including “Gatorade Sports Science Institute athlete testing and heat safety and hydration sessions with professional athlete speakers.”

The NBA said that the  Jr. NBA World Championship would promote four core values: Teamwork, Respect, Determination and Community.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said when the event was unveiled earlier this year.

“In addition to high-level competition on the court, participants will learn from NBA and WNBA veterans and coaches the values of the game and the most appropriate training techniques.”

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally."

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,”  Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at Fox Sports, said in a statement.  “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow — the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker — might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at Fox Sports.”

The event will also align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines aimed at “improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness and age-appropriate rules and standards.”

In addition to the U.S., the Jr. NBA World Championship will include teams from eight international regions: Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico, and South America.

There are more than 70 countries and 32 teams involved.

NBA’s Inaugural Jr. NBA Global Tournament Getting TV Coverage From Fox Sports

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