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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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Baseball Hall of Fame First-Time Nominees

• Rick Ankiel
• Jason Bay
• Lance Berkman
• Freddy Garcia
• Jon Garland
• Travis Hafner
• Roy Halladay
• Todd Helton
• Ted Lilly
• Derek Lowe
• Darren Oliver
• Roy Oswalt
• Andy Pettitte
• Juan Pierre
• Placido Polanco
• Mariano Rivera
• Miguel Tejada
• Vernon Wells
• Kevin Youkilis
• Michael Young

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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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Mar092015

Awesome, Baby: Oberto Seeks Bigger Bite With NCAA Hoops, Vitale, Tough Mudder

By Barry Janoff

March 9, 2015: With March Madness beginning to fill the sports landscape, iconic college basketball broadcaster, commentator and analyst Dick Vitale has joined a roster of celebs who tout the virtues of Oberto Beef Jerky.

Vitale is part of a new multimillion-dollar effort that also includes obstacle course series Tough Mudder, where Oberto is a partner, with the overall campaign "designed to further grow and differentiate Oberto's position in the exploding $3 billion plus meat snacks category."

The spot with Vitale and two spots with 2014 World's Toughest Mudder Champions Amelia Boone and Ryan Atkins, rrespectively, also feature Oberto spokesman and ESPN analyst and commentator Stephen A. Smith as "the little voice in my stomach."

Oberto said that its "You Get Out What You Put In" campaign, unveiled last year, and its on-going alliance with Smith has "further solidified our position as the No. 2 player in jerky," which is part of a "$3 billion plus meat snacks category." Smith has also appeared in the stomachs of athletes including Richard Sherman, Clint Dempsey and Louie Vitto.

Sitting on the sidelines while broadcasting a college basketball game, Vitale says using one of his signature phrases, "Oberto Beef Jerky is awesome, Baby!"

The new Vitale commercial supports a promotion being hosted by Oberto on a dedicated Web site in which people are asked to submit videos showing their best Dick Vitale impression, with the favorites to be decided by votes from the public-at-large in conjunction with Oberto. Support includes social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Prizes include basketballs autographed by Vitale, bags of Oberto Jerky and a grand prize of a trip for a meet-and-greet with Vitale. (Details here.)

According to Oberto,  the Vitale spot will air in "heavy rotation" during College Basketball Championship Week on ESPN and during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament across Turner Sports networks TNT, TBS and TruTV.

(Editor's note: The Tournament also airs on CBS but that is not part of Oberto's media buy.)

It will also run on cable networks including Comedy Central, AMC, Spike and The Esquire Network.

The spots with Boone and Atkins coincide with a new Tough Mudder obstacle, the Oberto Beef Jerky "Beached Whale."

The new campaign also includes Internet, social media, on-site sampling and consumer engagement.

"The Oberto partnership is helping us continue to grow our global team of Mudders through shared experiences and active lifestyles," Jerome Hiquet, CMO for Tough Mudder, said in a statement. "Tough Mudder and Oberto share values of teamwork and fun, and the opportunity to reach new audiences through a national television ad is a big step for our brand."

Vitale, who has been with ESPN since 1979, will be part of the broadcast team covering College Basketball Championship Week and then analyzing the Tournament through the Final Four.

According to Dave Lakey, vp-marketing for Seattle-based Oberto Brands, "Lean protein has become the craze with everyone from professional athletes to active Americans looking to stay physically fit.  With our new Spring marketing efforts, Oberto is continuing its mission to change the traditional perception of beef jerky, while showcasing the benefits of our all natural, high-in-protein Oberto Beef Jerky."

In his new spot, Vitale is announcing a game in his usual over-the-top style.

"This Dapper Dan is a high riser!" yells Vitale as a player finishes a massive slam dunk. "He's a high-riser. He's the Elevator Man!"

Cut to Smith, who is wearing headphones and listening to music until Vital's histrionics interrupt his serenity.

"Dickie V! You're exhausting me, man," says Smith.

"I'm just caught up in the magic of the moment," Vitale replies.

Smith has a solution. "Why don't you get caught up and get us some Oberto Beef Jerky!"

"OBJ! Oberto Beef Jerky! This stuff is awesome, baby!" says Vitale. (See the full spot here.)

The first Tough Mudder spot sees Boone running through obstacles, with Smith feeling the brunt of the action until Boone placates the little voice in her stomach with Oberta Beef Jerky. (See the full commerical here.)

Separately, Vitale co-stars in a new commercial alongside David Robinson, former college hoops star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, to support the 20th anniversary of Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust, which is available for a limited time at its original $9.99 price. Robinson starred in marketing for the brand when it launched Stuffed Crust.

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