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• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Thursday
Nov082012

National Bollywood Association: Sony Six Takes NBA Live To Fans In India

By Barry Janoff

November 8, 2012: The NBA, which has been on a global march to bring its version of hoops to the world, has made a significant expansion to its presence in India.

The league said it has signed a new multi-year TV deal with Multi Screen Media India, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, that makes its MSM's Sony Six sports channel the NBA’s exclusive broadcast partner in India.

The NBA and MSM have been aligned since the 2010-11 NBA season when they signed a non-exclusive deal, but this new pact "represents a substantial expansion" of that partnership, according to the league. Financial details were not disclosed.

The enhanced alliance includes live NBA games, original and customized programming and a focus on "engaging Indian youth by bringing together talent from the NBA, Sony Entertainment and Bollywood."

The NBA and MSM said they would also create "host grassroots basketball events on the ground."

The NBA has a dedicated Web site and YouTube and Facebook destinations for fans in India among other activations within the nation. Fans are able to purchase authentic NBA jerseys and gear at more than 200 of adidas' nearly 1,000 stores located throughout the nation.

A promo spot airing on Sony Six proclaims that the NBA is "the biggest basketball league in the world." As game-action shots of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and other stars flash by, a voiceover touts "the arrival of the titans, the finest basketball stars, the cheering fans, the unbreakable team spirit, 30 teams, one of the world's most popular sports . . . It's here. The spectacle of NBA."

Sony Six plans to air live NBA games each week on Thursday, Friday and Sunday (with replays in prime-time). The Sunday game will be the “Game of the Week” featuring an NBA match-up airing that day nationally in the U.S.

The first games air this weekend, including the Portland Trail Blazers-Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers and Memphis Grizzlies-Miami Heat.

In all, fans in India will have access to 72 NBA regular season games, up to 18 NBA playoff games, the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, the NBA Finals and NBA All-Star events including the All-Star Game, All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars competition.  

“We are thrilled to associate with the NBA as its exclusive broadcast partner in India,” Man Jit Singh, CEO for Multi Screen Media, said in a statement. “The NBA is the largest professional basketball league in the world and we at Sony Six plan to tap into the youth segment that already has a passion and love for the game and grow new fans. Our channels’ focus on India’s youth fits very well with the audience that wants to watch basketball."

According to Matt Brabants, svp for MSM's International Media Distribution, “Sony Six has a great track record of engaging Indian youth through sports and entertainment which makes them an ideal partner to bring high-quality NBA broadcasts to our fans. Through live games, increased local programming and comprehensive league recaps we will deliver more ways for fans in India to experience the NBA than ever before.”

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