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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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• Janet Jackson
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• Radiohead
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• 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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Oct102017

NBA Spurs Growth In Japan With Rakuten Global Marketing, Media Partnership

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2017: Last month, international Internet services provider Rakuten made its first inroad into the NBA, signing a three-year jersey-patch and marketing deal with the Golden State Warriors valued at $60 million.

Rakuten is now all-in with the NBA, signing a multi-year pact to become a global marketing partner with the league and the league’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live NBA games.

The NBA said this would be its "most comprehensive media partnership in Japan" as well as Rakuten’s first alliance with a North American sports league.

The NBA said the partnership would help to continue to build its presence in Japan, which dates back to games and programming on-air there since the 1988-89 season.

Financial terms of the partnership were not shared, but its value was put in excess of $200 million by industry analysts.

“Rakuten is one of the world’s most innovative companies and an ideal partner for the NBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.  "Our new relationship with Rakuten speaks to the appetite that our passionate fans in Japan have for live NBA games and content, and we look forward to working with Rakuten to provide the most comprehensive NBA coverage to date.”

According to the NBA, the global marketing partnership enables Rakuten to create NBA and team zones and sell select NBA and team merchandise on its e-commerce channels worldwide.

That would include Rakuten Ichiba in Japan and Ebates, a membership-based online cash-back site in the U.S. 
 
In addition, Rakuten Viber, Rakuten’s instant messaging platform, "becomes an official platform for the NBA and its teams, providing its 900 million-plus users with access to league content."

This season, Rakuten will offer NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, exclusively to Rakuten members in Japan through NBA.com, the NBA App and for purchase through Rakuten’s VOD service, Rakuten TV.

NBA League Pass would enable customers in Japan to watch all NBA games including pre-season, regular-season and playoffs games, NBA All-Star, NBA Conference Finals and The Finals, in addition to other exclusive programming. 
 
Rakuten will also offer a subscription package on Rakuten TV, providing fans with access to nine games a week, one game per weekday and two games each on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Our new relationship with Rakuten speaks to the appetite that our passionate fans in Japan have for live NBA games and content."

According to Hiroshi  Mikitani, founder and CEO for Rakuten, “We are very excited to partner with the NBA to bring all the action of the world’s top basketball league to fans in Japan.

“As we have recently announced that we are proud partners of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s reigning champions, it is an honor to expand our contributions to the global growth and development of basketball with this NBA partnership," said Mikitani.

Founded in Tokyo in 1997, Rakuten's services reach more than 1 billion people. The company’s North American headquarters are in San Francisco.

This is the company’s second alliance this year with a sports franchise that has global reach. In July 2017, Rakuten became the main global partner, jersey-front sponsor and official innovation and entertainment partner for FC Barcelona.

The NBA's presence in Japan includes officially licensed league merchandise available at more than 180 Xebio stores nationwide.

The league pointed to a number of events it has conducted in Japan, including 12 regular-season games in three cities, interactive fan activaiton, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives; and in 2012, Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.

Warriors Patch Into Movement, Sign $60M Jersey Deal With Rakuten

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