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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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• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
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• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
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• 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)

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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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Mayweather Jr. Going Global: Signs Deal For MMA Match In Japan On New Year’s Eve

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By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2018: Mayweather Jr.: ‘I Was Blindsided’ About Arrangements For Japan MMA Deal

November 5, 2018: Following his fight with Conor McGregor in August 2017, during which UFC star McGregor converted from MMA style to boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked about a rematch that would take place in McGregor’s Octagon territory.

Mayweather Jr. has followed up on that, but not with McGregor.

Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Japanese MMA promotions company Rizin Fighting Federation to meet Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, current RISE Featherweight World Champ, scheduled for New Year’s Eve in the Saitama Super Arena.

The match, Rizin 14, still has a lot of holes to fill, including what rules the fighters would follow (boxing, MMA, a combination), finances, marketing deals, PPV options and licensing.

At a press conference in Japan on Monday (Sunday evening in the U.S.), a banner behind the fighters included logos from Mayweather Jr.’s The Money Team, Rizin and Cygames, a video game company based in Tokyo.

Although he realizes that some critics might see this as a a publicity stunt, Mayweather Jr. said he is all-in, and that he intends to build his business and following in Japan and Asia.

‘”My team and I said ‘’Let's do something different’,” Mayweather Jr. said at the press event. “Let's go to Japan and give people what they want. This is about me displaying my skills against another skilled fighter. This is about entertainment.”

But when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is involved in a project, there is also the priority of finances.

“I couldn’t choose a better company than Rizin (to work with),” said Mayweather Jr. “Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters. My relationship with Rizin doesn’t stop here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.

“I want to continue to build my relationship with The Money Team Tokyo and bring other fighters here so my company can continue to grow. So Rizin can continue to grow. We look forward to taking the Mayweather banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”

Mayweather Jr.’s promotion and deals here are being handled by One Entertainment, NY, which has represented Mayweather Jr. on other international deals, and also lists among its endeavors film, music, corporate and cause marketing activation.

“Risin and I sat down the last couple of weeks to come up with things that make sense for a long-term partnership and opportunities,” Brent Johnson, managing partner and CEO for One Entertainment, said during the press event.

“This fight, this deal will make sense as far as the money goes. There will be licensing, There will be other opportunities that we will explore. This is the Mayweather team coming together with Rizin.

“We have to make money on this for it to make sense,” Johnson said. I’ve been taught that by the guy sitting next to me.”

Mayweather Jr. took home more than $250 million from his 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and $300 million for his fight against McGregor last year, according to industry analysts.

Among his other endeavors Maywether Jr., 41, is building his Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations in the U.S. and internationally.

Also at the press event was Nasukawa and Nobuyuki Sakakibara, businessman and president of Rizin Fighting Federation.

Nasukawa, 20, was born in August 1998. At that time, Mayweather Jr. already had a boxing record of 17-0.

Mayweather Jr. has also talked about a rematch in the ring with Pacquiao, which would be a follow-up to his 2015 win.

The pair “accidentally” met in September during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo, during which Mayweather Jr. boasted, “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine figure payday on the way.”

Those plans were put on hold with Mayweather Jr.’s decision to instead fight Tenshin this year.

“I’ve already been to Tokyo eight or ten times, and I look forward to coming back more often,” Mayweather Jr. said at the media event. “I love that people from my team were able to come together to make this happen.”

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