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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019

• The Cure
• Def Leppard
• Janet Jackson
• Stevie Nicks
• Radiohead
• Roxy Music
• The Zombies

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NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (To Date):
• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• 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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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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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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Jun252012

NBA Live Tour Heading Back To Europe With Celtics, Mavs, Marketing Partners

By Barry Janoff

June 25, 2012: The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks will head up the NBA's 2012-13 pre-season tour of Europe, which will feature top teams from Euroleague Basketball and support from marketers led by title sponsor BBVA.

NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA is scheduled to run Oct. 5-7.

This is the sixth time since 2006 that the NBA is making a pre-season tour of Europe. The tour was canceled last season due to the lockout. EA Sports was the previous title sponsor.

This will be the first tour with BBVA, the official bank of the NBA, as presenting sponsor. Turkish Bank Garanti, which is owned in part by BBVA, will be presenting partner of the game in Istanbul. Returning partners include adidas and American Express. Turkish Airlines is presenting partner of Euroleague.

According to the NBA, extensive community events and programs will compliment the games, including interactive fan events, basketball development programs, and player appearances.

“Returning to Europe with two storied NBA franchises for the sixth installment of the NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA is a testament to our commitment to bringing more live games and events to our fans in Europe,” Benjamin Morel, svp for NBA Europe, said in a statement. “As part of our longstanding collaboration with Euroleague Basketball and with the support of BBVA and all of our partners, fans can look forward to an exciting blend of basketball action, interactive fan events and community-based initiatives as the sport of basketball thrives across the continent.”

The schedule includes Boston against five-time Turkish champions Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey (Oct. 5); Dallas against eight-time German champions Alba Berlin at O2 World in Berlin (Oct. 6); Boston against 25-time Italian champions EA7 Emporio Armani at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan (Oct.7). The Mavericks will play an additional game in Spain with details to follow, according to the NBA.

“By serving as the presenting partner of NBA Europe Live, we will help bring world-class basketball to the cities of [Europe] and ... reinforce our global sponsorship strategy."

“By serving as the presenting partner of NBA Europe Live, we will help bring world-class basketball to the cities of Berlin, Istanbul and Milan and through this series of games, reinforce our global sponsorship strategy," Mafe Laverde, sponsorship director for BBVA, said in a statement. “As the official bank of the NBA, we intend to provide extraordinary content to fans through our brand, promoting the values of effort, innovation and teamwork embodied by the two best basketball leagues in the world.”

Following the 2012 tour, more than 450,000 fans will have attended 32 Europe Live games in 12 cities since the inaugural NBA Europe Live series in 2006. The NBA said it will have played 60 games featuring 25 NBA teams in 18 European cities since 1998.

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