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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• 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
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• 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
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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Jan182018

NBA, Verizon Expand Alliance With Exclusive Content, Live-Stream Offerings

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

Janaury 17, 2018:
The NBA has unveiled what it called an innovative, multi-year partnership with Verizon intended to deliver “one of the most comprehensive video streaming offerings of NBA content — including live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball and original programming — on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and across Verizon’s family of media brands.”

Verizon acquired Yahoo last year for $4.5 billion.
 
Beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles this February, the NBA and Verizon said they would unveil a series of “innovative collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and unique fan experiences.”  

Under the new deal, Verizon would have mobile-carrier exclusivity for NBA League Pass, which it currently distributes only on its go90 platform.

Non-Verizon users who have NBA League Pass subscriptions would be able to access it through Yahoo Sports.

This deal expands upon a content-marketing alliance that the NBA and Verizon signed in 2015, valued at $400 million by industry analysts .
 
In addition, the NBA and Verizon said they would work together on enhanced global Yahoo Fantasy experiences, including a “new, simplified official NBA Fantasy format, flexible entry for fans to start their fantasy season at any time and customized fantasy highlight packages.”

NBA content will be available to people on any wireless carrier later this season via Oath’s Yahoo Sports.

Verizon said it would offer eight free OOM NBA games on mobile devices through Yahoo Sports and would also offer its League Pass subscription (at a discounted $99 per season) on all its platforms.

The NBA deal follows a recent enhancement of the alliance between Verizon and the NFL that expanded Verizon’s availability of live games, highlights and original content to Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, go90 and other Verizon digital and mobile media platforms, with Verizon relinquishing exclusivity to live-stream NFL games via mobile devices.

“We are absolutely thrilled to extend and grow our unique relationship with Verizon and its various media platforms,” Bill Koenig, NBA president, global content and media distribution, said in a statement. “This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”
 
According to Brian Angiolet, svp-gobal chief media and content officer for Verizon, “Verizon is uniquely positioned to partner with the NBA in a first of-its-kind technology and content partnership that will serve the NBA’s dynamic fan base with more live action, fantasy and lifestyle content in addition to experiential opportunities in the U.S. and globally through Yahoo Fantasy.

“With the addition of live NBA games, highlights, classic footage, originals and more to our mobile sports offering, Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s family of media brands are becoming the first-screen for fans of live sports, and a superior alternative for partners and advertisers,” said Angiolet.

“This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”

According to the NBA and Verizon, highlights of the new deal include:

• Access to purchase NBA League Pass in the U.S. —  the league’s out-of-market live game service co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports  — on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms.

• New daily show highlighting NBA action, storylines and commentary available exclusively on Yahoo Sports and across Verizon’s media platforms.

• Development of augmented reality and other new forms of content leveraging Verizon’s leading network technology in partnership with the NBA .

• Original sports and lifestyle programming utilizing the league’s vast archive of NBA footage across Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s media platforms.

• Verizon’s “It’s on Us” program, which now makes up to eight NBA League Pass games available to registered users, at no cost to the consumer, to preview the League Pass subscription offering.
 
NFL, Verizon Extend Alliance, Re-Imagine Live-Stream

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