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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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Baseball Hall of Fame First-Time Nominees

• Rick Ankiel
• Jason Bay
• Lance Berkman
• Freddy Garcia
• 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

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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Nov052015

NBA-Verizon Deal Set To Impact, Innovate League, Teams, Fans On Many Levels

By Barry Janoff

November 4, 2015: In a move that will have a significant impact across several platforms, Verizon Communications has signed a deal to become the official wireless provider of the NBA, which includes exclusivity to bring daily league highlights to Verizon's new mobile video streaming app, go90.

Under terms of the alliance, Verizon will become title partner for the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk, with the “Verizon Slam Dunk” contest to debut at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto; and presenting partner for the NBA All-Star Balloting Program.

Verizon also becomes a partner for the NBA Draft, NBA Summer League, Jr. NBA and USA Basketball.

In addition, Verizon will have a marquee partnership with the WNBA beginning with the 2016 season.  

Financial details were not shared.

Sprint, the NBA's previous wireless partner, did not renew a four-year deal signed in 2011.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be teaming with the NBA,” Diego Scotti, CMO for Verizon, said in a statement. “The NBA has rapidly evolved into a year-round digital experience that engages millions of young, cross cultural fans, in many interesting ways.

"We are always looking for new ways to add value for our customers, and this partnership creates great opportunities to do just that.  We’re thrilled to bring exclusive and awesome content to go90 and to offer unprecedented access to unique experiences," said Scotti.

For marketing support, Verizon have will be integrated into NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and other NBA Digital assets — which are jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports — along with national broadcast partners ABC, ESPN and TNT. In addition, Verizon said it would collaborate with multiple NBA teams.

Verizon's mobile video app go90 was unveiled last month with more than 8,000 titles and 35 exclusive original series available to users, the latter of which Verizon said "could double by the end of 2015."

Among other go90 deals are beIN Sports and Disney Co.'s Maker Studios, to include new series from the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, as well as Discovery, Scripps Networks and Viacom.

Verizon said that go90 would feature "extensive NBA content including daily highlights, original content and access to live out-of-market games through NBA League Pass."

In addition, go90 users will have access to exclusive NBA-related content and will be able to "Cut & Share" select clips and highlights via text (SMS), Facebook and Twitter.

The NBA and and Verizon said they would "collaborate on bringing a number of original exclusive series to the go90 platform, offering unique perspectives and voices from around the NBA."

According to Bill Koenig, president-global media distribution for the NBA, “Verizon has an outstanding reputation for reliability and innovation, and thanks to this new partnership the NBA will be able to connect with fans in places and ways we never have before.

"As one of the country’s leading mobile providers, we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Verizon on their go90 platform to deliver a new mobile experience for NBA fans," said Koenig.
 
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