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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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• 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

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Oct012018

NBA Plays China Games With Vivo, Nike, Full Roster Of Marketing Partners

By Barry Janoff

October 1, 2018:
When the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers face off in a pair of pre-season games in China over the next week, they will have plenty of marketing support.

Vivo, the official smartphone of NBA China, has signed a multi-year extension of their partnership, naming it the presenting partner of the NBA China Games through 2020.

In addition, more than a dozen other brands have attached themselves to the two-game series and related events, including Beats by Dr. Dre, Chivas, Clear, Ctrip, Dongfeng Nissan, ExxonMobil, Gatorade, Harbin Beer, Linglong Tire, Master Kong, Mengniu, Mission Hills, Nike, SAP, Tissot and X Financial.

Support will including multi-media marketing as well as fan activation during the week and through the games themselves, with participation from such current and former NBA stars as Joel Embiid of the Sixers, Ray Allen and Dikembe Mutombo.

Vivo has been a partner of NBA China since 2016.

“This year’s NBA China Games will bring together exciting new and longstanding partners who will be activating in unique ways to create memorable NBA experiences for our passionate fans in Shanghai and Shenzhen,” Derek Chang, NBA China CEO, said via the league.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Oct. 5 in Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Oct. 8 in the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

NBA Fan Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan will be held on Oct. 4 in the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

The games will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on TV, digital and social media.

Among the activation:

• Vivo will conduct a three-point shooting contest and host a concourse booth featuring its new X23 mobile phone.

• Chivas Regal will be presenting partner of the NBA China Games Welcome Reception and Party Chivas, hosting NBA legend appearances and meet-and-greets with fans in both cities.
 
• Ctrip will provide fans in China with extensive NBA-themed travel products and services.

• Dongfeng Nissan will present NBA Fan Day and is a partner of the NBA Cares basketball clinic in Shanghai and NBA Cares legacy project in Shenzhen.

• ExxonMobil will host an interactive augmented reality booth and photo area inside the arenas in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

• The “Gatorade Dream Court” shooting contest will invite past “Shoot for a Million” winners to square off in a half-court shooting challenge.  Each contestant will represent a basketball court that needs to be refurbished, with the winning court receiving a donation from Gatorade for the refurbishment.

• Harbin Beer will launch an online NBA China Games-themed video challenge, providing fans the opportunity to win an NBA China Games trip.

• Linglong Tire will host an interactive booth at the Shanghai game to display its products and engage fans with interactive experiences.

• Master Kong has launched 700,000 special bottles featuring team mascots, will host interactive games and will have endorser Joel Embiid speak to fans at a Master Kong charity event in Shanghai.

• Mengniu will launch its “Born for Greatness Shooting Star” campaign during NBA China Games to connect with consumers through online and offline activations.

An NBA Exhibit and Retail Store will be located in the middle of “Mission Hills Centerville” and will feature interactive exhibits, NBA memorabilia and merchandise, and other unique fan experiences.

• Nike will present the “Dare to Become” skills challenge during the NBA China Games, inviting participants to compete against each other to test their ball-handling, passing and scoring ability. Nike athletes have been invited to Nike’s NBA China Games activations.

• SAP and NBA Hall of Fame member Ray Allen will host an “Intelligent AI Coach” interactive booth for fans at the game in Shanghai.

• Tissot will host a basketball clinic in Shanghai.

• X Financial will host an event with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo in Shenzhen ahead of the game on Oct. 8.

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, “These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to our passionate Chinese fans, but also provide our teams and players an opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the country.

“The Mavericks and 76ers, both playing in China for the first time, will be able to encounter firsthand the incredible support of our Chinese fans and bond with one another through projects and events in the local community.”

Following the NBA China Games 2018, the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

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