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• Amazon Prime Video said that Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer would provide commentary and analysis for its live-streaming coverage of 11 Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video beginning Sept. 27 when the Los Angeles Rams host the Minnesota Vikings. “NFL fans will hear history made this season — bringing two female announcers together to call an entire NFL game has never been done before,” said Greg Hart, vp-Prime Video.

• 2K, publisher of NBA 2K, has launched 2K Foundations, created to “support underserved communities across the nation by refurbishing basketball courts in neighborhoods that need them the most.” 2K Foundations will also "provide essential technology upgrades in local community centers that will enable STEM education programming for youth." Microsoft will partner. 2K Foundations plans to refurbish 12 basketball courts in multiple cities throughout the U.S. within its first year.

• NBC Sports Group, Grambling State University and Southern University have extended their alliance, which began in 1991, for three more years, keeping the annual Bayou Classic on NBCSN through 2021. The game is played Thanksgiving weekend in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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Weekend Box Office (Sept. 21-23)
1. The House With A Clock In Its Walls - Universal - $26.9M
2. A Simple Favor - Lionsgate - $10.4M
3. The Nun - Warner Bros. - $10.2M
4. The Predator- 20th Century Fox - $8.7M
5. Crazy Rich Asians - Warner Bros. - $6.5M
6. White Boy Rick - Sony - $5.0M
7. Peppermint - STX Entertainment - $3.7M
8. Fahrenheit 11/9 - Briarcliff Entertainment - $3.1M
9. The Meg - Warner Bros. - $2.4M
10. Searching - Sony - $2.2M
11. Life Itself - Amazon Studios - $2.1M
12. Unbroken: Path To Redemption - Pure Flix - $1.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Hot Shots: NBA Going All-In With Las Vegas MGM Resorts Summer League

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 30, 2018: Las Vegas, which last October dealt with the tragedy of a mass shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 850 wounded, is rebounding thanks in large part to sports.

The NHL’s Vegas Knights are in their first season of play, the WNBA moved its San Antonio franchise to the city and renamed it the Las Vegas Aces beginning with the 2018 season in May and the NFL’s Raiders are continuing to move ahead with their planned 2020 relocation.

The NBA has now upped its ante for Vegas, unveiling a plan that for the first time will see all 30 teams compete in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, its annual showcase for up-and-coming talent.

With every team participating, NBA Summer League 2018 will expand to 12 days and 82 games as part of the usual tournament-style competition.

 Last year’s event featured 24 NBA teams playing 67 games.

The 14th NBA Summer League is scheduled for July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League in Vegas began in 2004 with six NBA teams playing a total of 13 games.

The 2017 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League experienced record attendance, driven largely by the presence of such incoming rookies as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kozma, De’Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum.

NBA Summer League 2017 set records for total attendance (127,843) and single-day attendance (17,500), according to the NBA.

In addition, ESPN and NBA TV combined to televise the most-viewed NBA Summer League ever, averaging 227,000 daily viewers (up 29% from 2016).

A game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers was the most-watched NBA Summer League game in history, with 1.1 million viewers on ESPN.

Across social media platforms, the NBA said fans accounted for 436 million video views, an increase of 37% from 2016.

The Vegas expansion means that the league officially will end the Orlando Pro Summer League, which has been hosted by the Magic since 2002, with teams moving to the Las Vegas competition.

Eight teams played in the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, including the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Magic.

The Mavericks and Heat also played in the 2017 Vegas event.

The league said that ticket information and complete game and broadcast schedules for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 would be announced at a later date.

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