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• CBS said that Tim Tebow would be the host for its in-production reality series, Million Dollar Mile, from LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, Warner Bros. and  Fly on the Wall Entertainment. Commentators will be Maria Taylor and Matt Smith. The premise: A team wins $1 million if they can survive an obstacle course being built on real city streets.

• ESPN Events is adding a bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020, the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will feature teams from three conference partners: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played in Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, nationally televised on ESPN networks.

• Tennis Channel will debut an original series, The Ten, Nov. 11, the first of eight hour-long countdown shows with a different list each week. Begins with The Ten: Men (ten best men's tennis players of all time) then Women, Trailblazers, Seasons, Hotheads, Upsets, Americans, Rivalries. Jason Biggs hosts.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Kevin Cash Tampa Bay Rays
• Alex Cora Boston Red Sox
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bud Black Colorado Rockies
• Craig Counsell Milwaukee Brewers
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
• Justin Verlander Houston Astros

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets
• Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies
• Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

KEEPING SCORE

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)
• 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)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Apr122018

NBA Sets New Season Total Attendance Record: Tops 22M For First Time

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: The Houston Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with the most wins (65), LeBron James with the most points (2,251), Andre Drummond with the most rebounds (1,247) and Russell Westbrook as the assist leader (820), but the NBA itself had the really big number: 22,124,559.

The NBA this past season set all-time records for total attendance (for the fourth consecutive season), average attendance and sellouts.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412. 
 
The new regular-season record for average attendance reached 17,987, passing the previous high of 17,884 in 2016-17.

In addition, the 2017-18 regular season set a sellout record of 741, exceeding the previous mark of 723 (in 2015-16 and 2016-17).

The league is driving big numbers on TV, as well. TNT said its NBA on TNT game telecasts averaged 1.7 million, its most-watched NBA regular season coverage since 2013-14.

ESPN said its NBA viewership for the 2017-18 NBA regular season was up across platforms..

ESPN averaged 1,628,000 viewers across its 87-game schedule this season (the most games ESPN has ever aired during the regular season), up 4% from 1,566,000 last season.

ESPN said its NBA game audience was up in all of the following key demos

• M25-54 +16%
• P25-54+ 10%
• M18-49+  9%
• M18-34 +5% 
• P18-34+ 4%

According to Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming & scheduling, “It was a compelling NBA season from start to finish with the emergence of new NBA championship contenders, more star power and some terrific, top n

Entering the post-season, the NBA said that team rosters (active and inactive) for the 2018 NBA playoffs would feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams competing in the playoffs will feature at least one international player.

The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six. The Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs.
 
The most-represented countries among the 62 international players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). 

Among other highlights from the 2017-18 regular season:  

NBAStore.com established a new record this season with overall sales up 25% over the 2016-17 season.
 
NBA League Pass set a record for worldwide digital subscriptions, up 63 percent over last season, after introducing new features this year including in-arena coverage during all breaks, a new season long virtual reality subscription package, monthly pricing options and Spanish-language video for select games.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412.
 
• The league established new records across social media this season for actions (+25%, 808 million) and video views (+43%, 11 billion).

• Since the end of the 2016-17 regular season, the NBA said that 8.7 million new followers have joined the NBA’s social media community.

• Overall, the league has more than 1.5 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide.

The NBA said that LeBron James is the most-followed American athlete on social media among the four major U.S. sports, with more than 100 million followers combined across Facebook (23 million), Twitter (41 million) and Instagram (36 million).

By comparison, actor/WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has more than 173 million followers across those three social media channels: Facebook (57.3 million), Twitter (12.8 million) and Instagram (103 million).

Highest NBA Regular-Season Total Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 22,124,559
2. 2016-17: 21,997,412
3. 2015-16: 21,972,129
4. 2014-15: 21,926,548
5. 2006-07: 21,841,480
 
Highest NBA Regular-Season Average Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 17,987
2. 2016-17: 17,884
3. 2015-16: 17,864
4. 2014-15: 17,826
5. 2006-07: 17,757

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