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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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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

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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Mar272017

MLB Unveils ‘This Season On Baseball’ As 2017 Umbrella Marketing Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2017: Major League Baseball is known as "The Show," which fits perfectly with its 2017 multi-platform campaign, "This Season On Baseball."

With the new season days away, MLB has unveiled what it called an advertising campaign designed to showcase the excitement and perpetual drama that the game of baseball fosters during an emotional season.

The intro 60-second anthem spot, narrated by actor Walton Goggins as if describing an on-going reality TV show, talks about upcoming storylines and features cameos from such players as Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Mookie Betts, Edwin Encarnacion, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell, as well as Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.

MLB said that as the season progresses, new "This Season On Baseball" promos woull be “created to reflect the milestones, match-ups and unpredictable drama that’s happening in the game.”

Support will include Internet, social media, in-stadium activation and other platforms.

Lead agency is Anomaly, MLB’s creative agency.

The lead spot will break during national broadcasts on ESPN, MLB Network, TBS, Fox Sports and FS1. This and subsequent ads will also run on MLB.com and related digital/social platforms.

"The excitement that the young talent emerging across Major League Baseball brings to the game is really being felt right now,” Tony Petitti, COO for MLB, said in a statement.

"MLB is must-see entertainment with new heroes, stars and stories developing every day and this new creative campaign captures the energy by getting fans excited to watch it all unfold while showcasing our top players and rising stars," said Petitt.

MLB said the material shot was used for variations of the overall "anthem" spot, that previews the league’s top stories going into 2017, as well as breakout ads that focus in on elements like the current crop of talented young shortstops in the game and the pitchers poised to battle for this year’s Cy Young.

It features the track "I Had a Woman" by artist/producer Wax Tailor.

"This season on Baseball, Mike Trout heads to work. Clayton’s mad, and he’s throwing like it,” says Goggins (The Shield, Justified, The Hateful Eight) in voiceover duties on the umbrella anthem spot. "Giancarlo doesn’t care — he’s busy contemplating a 600 foot home run.

"Mookie Betts — the man with the city of Boston resting on his shoulders. Over in Cleveland, Edwin’s got big plans. And the Boys from Queens are back together (New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey). And hungry. This season, Cy Young is up for grabs. José (Altuve) is eyeing .400.

"And Bryce Harper is having visions of cold October ball. These boys (the Chicago Cubs) know the feeling. And everyone else is chasing after it. isn’t that right, Terry. That’s 'This Season on Baseball.'"

MLB plans to break out 15- and 30-second spots from the original 60-second version.

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