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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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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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Oct082017

The Marketing Force Is With Disney: 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Kicks Off On ESPN 'MNF'

By Barry Janoff

October 8, 2017: A new trailer for the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to break Monday night (Oct. 9) on ESPN during NFL Monday Night Football, and it’s not just Star Wars fans who are waiting for the force to be with them.

With the movie set to open Dec. 15, a Millennium Falcon filled with partners is also set to embark on a two-month countdown by unleashing the marketing power of the Star Wars galaxy.

Disney has untied the forces of its divisions for the promotion: LucasFilm teased the trailer with snippets that aired throughout Sunday (Oct. 8) on ESPN. (See trailer teaser here.)

The full trailer will air during halftime of the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The brodacast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM (ET).

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. is also part of the launch strategy, with the trailer scheduled to air on a giant screen outside AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres in the Downtown Disney District.

(A countdown is scheduled to begin at 5 PM PT, complete with a live DJ, games and giveaways, according to Disney.)

Among marketing partners that have or are ready to release The Last Jedi products are Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Hasbro, Lego, General Mills, Nissan, Verizon, Vizio, Campbell’s Soup, Royal Philips (special-edition shavers), Po-Zu footwear, Stance socks, Christian Louboutin (fashion), Gamestop, Apple, Electronic Arts, Zen Stiudios (video games and apps), State backpacks and LucasFilm Publishing.

Following the trailer launch Monday night, tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go on sale via apps and at various online destinations, including Fandango and Atom Tickets.

Disney wants to replicate or better the success it had with a two-month ticket pre-sale lead time for The Force Awakens in 2015. More than $100 million in tickets were pre-sold for the film, released in December of that year, starting immediately after a trailer aired in mid-October, according to industry analysts.

Tickets for the most recent film in the Star Wars universe, last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, went on sale just a few weeks before its Dec. 16 release in theaters.

According to Disney, people who get their tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi via Fandango will receive a "cool gift with purchase: an exclusive film movie poster from Fandango FanShop, Fandango’s movie merchandise marketplace (while supplies last).”

Fandango said its FanShop is offering dozens of Star Wars collectibles to celebrate the tickets-on-sale date. (See site for details.)

People who purchase Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets via the Atom Tickets app or Web site will be able to buy official Star Wars merchandise "in a single, seamless transaction and could have it shipped to their homes in time for the film’s opening weekend," according to Disney.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are executive producers.

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