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• 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

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• 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 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

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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*
*Still Active

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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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Sunday
Feb132011

Marketing In Motorsports On The Rise, But Still Lags Behind Average Spend In Sports

February 13, 2011: The economy is still challenged and marketing nationwide is still adjusting to the ebb and flow of the monetary tides. But with the 2011 auto racing season upon us and Nascar's "Super Bowl," the Daytona 500 coming up on Feb. 20, marketing and sponsorship spending in the industry is showing some healthy signs of life.

In 2011, North American-based companies will spend an estimated $3.51 billion to sponsor teams, tracks and sanctioning bodies this year, up 4.2% from $3.37 billion spent in 2010, according to the IEG Sponsorship Report from Chicago-based marketing and consulting firm IEG.

This would be the second consecutive season of spending rise for the sport following a 2.1% increase in 2010, which came on the heels of a 6% decline from 2009 to 2010.

However, the increase in motorsports-related spending is still behind what IEG says is a 5.9% increase in overall sponsorship spending and 6.1% growth for all sports properties.
 
“Without a doubt, the tide has turned in terms of corporate interest in motorsports. Although it’s still a difficult sales environment, corporate purse strings have significantly loosened as compared to the last several years,” William Chipps, IEG Sponsorship Report senior editor, said in a statement.

According to Chipps, with the exception of several new deals with the Izod IndyCar Series, most recent activity has occurred at the team and track level, not with sanctioning bodies.

Among the deals for the upcoming season highlighted by IEG are Penske Racing's new sponsors and expanded deals with existing partners. New partners include Coca-Cola, GuidePoint Systems, Meijer, Shell Oil and Kimberly-Clark division Wypall Wipers.

Other notable deals at the team level include AARP's primary sponsor for 22 races a year of Hendrick Motorsports’ Nascar Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Jeff Gordon with a "Drive to End Hunger" initiative; truck manufacturer Navistar International's  multiyear partnership with Roush Fenway Racing and Stanley Black & Decker/s renewal with Richard Petty Motorsports.

"Although it’s still a difficult sales environment, corporate purse strings have significantly loosened as compared to the last several years."

At the track level, Lowe’s will title the March 6 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on behalf of its Kobalt Tools brand, while Performance Enhancing Meat Snack this year will kick off a full season with Int’l Speedway Corp.’s tracks — as well as Richard Petty Motorsports —o n behalf of its caffeinated Perky Jerky meat snack.

Among sanctioning bodies, the Izod IndyCar Series has signed new partnerships for 2011  that include wholesale insurance marketer Global Corporate Alliance and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Sheraton brand. However, Nascar and the NHRA "have not announced any significant league-wide deals" as yet, according to IEG.

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