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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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• 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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May082018

Amid Talk Of Sale, Other Changes, Nascar Truck Series Gets New Title Sponsor

By Barry Janoff

May 8, 2018: Nascar, in the midst of major changes, subtractions and additions, today unveiled an overhaul that will have a significant impact on one of its primary events.

Nascar and Camping World said they have have expanded their agreement, anchored by a move that rebrands the Nascar Camping World Truck Series to the Nascar Gander Outdoors Truck Series, beginning with the 2019 season.

The change is one of several that come as Reuters has reported that Nascar owners the France family are “exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake.”

Ownership is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to “identify a potential deal for the company (but) the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain," per Reuters.

The company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948.

Camping World, headquartered in Bowling Green, Ky., became title sponsor for the Truck Series in 2009, replacing Craftsman (which had held title sponsorship from 1995).

In 2014, Nascar and Camping World signed a seven-year agreement to continue the partnership through 2022.

St.Paul, Minn.-based Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, was purchased and rebranded by Marcus Lemonis, chairman for Camping World, in May 2017.

The new agreement provides official Nascar status and naming rights to Gander Outdoors, with the remaining years of the Truck Series deal remaining intact.

Earlier this year, Gander Outdoors signed title sponsorship for two races at Pocono Raceway; the Gander Outdoors 150, part of the Nascar Camping World Truck Series (July 28) and the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series race (July 29).

In addition, as part of the  pact, Camping World partner brands Overton’s and The House Outdoor Gear will receive official Nascar status.

The agreement includes rights to activate across all retail locations nationwide.

“Gander Outdoors’ customer base has an affinity to the outdoor lifestyle and will transition seamlessly as the title sponsor of our national series in 2019,” Steve Phelps, Nascar COO, said in a statement.

“The Nascar Camping World Truck Series has a consistent and dedicated fan base that will embrace the Gander Outdoors brand. This expanded agreement demonstrates our partners’ confidence in the on-track product and the power of our brand loyal fan base.”

Nascar last month extended its alliance with Monster Energy for title sponsorship for the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series through 2019.

In March, Pittsburgh, PA-based PNC Bank replaced in the category Bank of America, which had been the racing circuit’s official partner since 2007; and Anheuser-Busch brand Busch was named as Nascar's official beer sponsor, replacing Coors Light, which had held the category since 2008.

Nascar this month acquired the Automobile Racing Club of America in a move intended to help build the sport and support the next generation of drivers.

“Gander Outdoors’ customer base has an affinity to the outdoor lifestyle and will transition seamlessly as the title sponsor of our national series."

Camping World today reported 2018 Q1 finances, including a total revenue increase of 20.4% to a first quarter record of $1.1 billion; and total same store sales increase 3.9% to a Q1 record of $838.6 million.

Camping World last year signed a multi-year deal with MLB.

In addition, Camping World Stadium in Orlando is home to college football’s Citrus Bowl, Camping World Bowl and Florida Classic.

According to Lemonis, “Nearly a decade ago we felt strongly our entitlement sponsorship would dramatically increase Camping World’s customer base. And it’s delivered.

“We expect the passionate fans of Nascar will embrace Gander Outdoors the same way they supported Camping World and we couldn’t be more excited about the future of the series.”

Nascar Extends Deal With Monster Energy

Nascar Acquires ARCA To Develop Sport, Next-Gen Drivers

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