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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

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Apr202017

NCAA Using '17-18 Men’s Hoops Season To Assess Future Of Game For Fans, Players 

By Barry Janoff

April 20, 2017: March Madness is one of the most anticipated events on the sports calendar, both on the court and on Madison Avenue, culminating a season of basketball that has fans, consumers and media in an festive mood.

But the NCAA said it would look for ways to "generate more excitement" and create a "less-compressed schedule (to) benefit student-athlete well-being by providing more time for rest and recovery."

Among the changes being considered: widening the lane from its current 12-foot width, extending the 3-point line and changing the game from being played in two 20-minute halves to four ten-minute quarters.

Women’s college basketball in 2016 switched from two 20-minute halves to four ten-minute quarters.

Another key change would be the length of the season, beginning three days earlier, or, as the NCAA defined it, the Tuesday before the second Friday in November as the season’s uniform start date.

A mid-week start date could also create additional attention and excitement at the beginning of the season, per the NCAA.

Also on the table was "standardizing the playing season to 21 weeks with a mandatory three- or four-day break for the student-athletes at some point during their school’s winter vacation period."

The proposals came after a two-day meeting of the Division I Men’s Basketball Competition Committee, which then asked the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee to take the next six-to-12 months to "“conduct a holistic review of potential significant rules changes, including a careful examination of unintended consequences that could result."

According to the NCAA, the committees were asked to collect data during the 2017-18 season to determine if changes "would benefit the sport and help the positive trends continue."

Division I Men’s Basketball Competition Committee and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee  said they would study data during the 2017-18 season. Rule changes, if any, could possibly come for the 2018-19 season.

The NCAA said changing the start of the basketball season could have other benefits.

“In recent years, it has become part of the sport’s culture to hold regular-season openers with ties to U.S. military venues to honor and entertain current and past service members. The date currently being considered would ensure that Veterans Day would be included in the early part of the season annually,” according to the NCAA.

The Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee will next gather feedback from the membership and collaborate with the Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee to discuss legislation that could be considered for adoption.

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