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• NBC Sports said that Mike Tirico would host NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (scheduled for Jan. 1, 1 PM ET, NBC) and the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game from SAP Center, San Jose, Calif., scheduled for Jan. 26 (8 PM ET, NBC).

NBC Sports also unveiled multi-media "NBC Sports History," which it called a ‘digital timeline of the most iconic and influential sports moments’ in its history.

• The NFL said that general admission tickets for Super Bowl LIII Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2019 in State Farm Aren, would go on sale Dec. 19 (10 AM ET) at NFL.com/OpeningNightOnSale. "Members of the media will interview the Super Bowl players and coaches during their only public appearance in Atlanta before Super Bowl LIII."

• M&M'S is returning to the Super Bowl with a new humorous 30-second spot, from BBDO New York, to air during the first commercial break following the kickoff of Super Bowl LII, Feb. 3 on CBS. This will be the brand's fifth Super Bowl ad in the past decade.

• The NBA has expanded its multi-year alliance with FanDuel, naming the company an authorized gaming operator for the NBA in addition to continuing as the official daily fantasy partner for the NBA and the WNBA. As part of the expanded pact, FanDuel will gain access to official NBA betting data, along with league marks and logos, across FanDuel’s sports betting offerings.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019

• The Cure
• Def Leppard
• Janet Jackson
• Stevie Nicks
• Radiohead
• Roxy Music
• The Zombies

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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)
• Indiana Pacers (Motorola)
• 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. Dec. 14-16
1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $35.4M
2. The Mule $17.2M
3. The Grinch $11.6M
4. Ralph Breaks The Internet $9.6M
5. Mortal Engines $7.5M
6. Creed II $5.4M
7. Bohemian Rhapsody $4.1M
8. Instant Family $3.7M
9. Fantastic Beasts $3.7M
10. Green Book $2.8M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Sep282018

Acuna Attire: Atlanta Rookie Joins Judge, Ohtani As Hits In MLB Jersey Sales

By Barry Janoff

September 28, 2018: Despite missing about two months with a broken wrist, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees will finish the 2018 season with the top-selling Majestic MLB jersey, matching a feat he accomplished last year during his rookie campaign.

Two rookies this past season arguably made the biggest impact in jersey sales and are among the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year honor in their respective league: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, with the No. 8 top-selling jersey and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. at No. 20.

Ohtani, a throwback player who evoked comparisons to the early career of Babe Ruth, came over from Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League in Japan and started ten games as a pitcher (4-2, 2.86 ERA) and appeared in more than 100 games as a batter, hitting 22 home runs with 59 RBI and a .283 batting average.

Unfortunately, Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery during the first week of the off-season to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is not expected to pitch again until 2020, but could return to the Angels as a hitter in 2019.

Acura Jr., who doesn’t turn 22 until Dec. 18, played a key role in leading the Braves to their first National League East title in five years. In doing so, became the youngest player to make the Top 20 top-selling jersey list since these rankings were first shared by MLB and MLB Players’ Assn. after the 2010 season.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2018.

Sales figures were not disclosed.

José Altuve of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros had the second best-selling jersey behind Judge up from No. 10 in 2017.

The Chicago Cubs placed three players among the Top 7: No. 3 Javier Báez, No. 6. Anthony Rizzo and No. 7 Kris Bryant.

The Top 5 also included  No. 4. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and No. 5. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2018
(Based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day)

1.  Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
2.  José Altuve, Houston Astros
3.  Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
4.  Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
5.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6.  Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
7.  Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
8.  Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
9.  Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
12. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
17. George Springer, Houston Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
20. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

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