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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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• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

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• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

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• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox

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• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

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• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

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• 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*
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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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Feb282017

In Advance Of '18 Games, Toyota Heats Up Winter Activation With Burton Snowboards

By Barry Janoff

February 28, 2017: With barely 12 months to go until the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea, Toyota said it is "actively increasing our support for winter sports."

Toyota, which became a global partner with the International Olympic Committee in 2015 (effective in conjunction with the 2018 Games), has signed a multi-year strategic partnership Burton Snowboards.

The alliance begins this week at the 35th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colo. (now through March 4).

Among other winter-themed moves, Toyota recently became a sponsor for the U.S. Freeski and Snowboard teams and title sponsor for the U.S. Grand Prix.

The new deal names Toyota as the official automotive company for Burton.

The auto company said the partnership would "leverage multiple marketing platforms, including digital, social, events and retail."

"With less than a year to go before our first Olympic and Paralympic Games as a TOP partner in PyeongChang, Toyota is actively increasing our support for winter sports," Jack Hollis, Toyota group vp-marketing, said in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with Burton to continue elevating the profile of snowboarding in the United States, and to support the fantastic athletes who inspire us all."

Toyota said it would "have a large presence" at the Snowboarding Championships, including "an immersive interactive fan experience (with) athlete meet-and-greets, custom chain-stitched neck gators and a special gift for Toyota owners."

In addition, Toyota and Burton both sponsor 16-year-old snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim (pictured above), the 2016 Burton U.S. Open halfpipe champion and three-time X-Games gold medalist.

Among the roster of marketing partners at the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships are G-Shock watches, Clif Bar, Stoli, Paul Mitchell, 7-Eleven and The Woolmark Co.

More than 100 of the world’s top snowboarders will compete, many of whom are expected to compete for spots in the ’18 Games.

Snowboarding has been an official sport at the Olympics since the 1998 Games in Nagano. For the coming Games, the IOC added Big Air but dropped the men’s and women’s snowboard parallel slalom competition.

Among the nearly dozen snowboarding medal events planned for South Korea are Giant Parallel Slalom (men and women), Half-Pipe (men and women), Slopestyle (men and women), Snowboard Cross (men and womenO and Team Ski-Snowboard Cross (mixed).

According to Anne-Marie Dacyshyn, CMO for Burlington, VT-based Burton, "The U.S. Open is the perfect place to kick off our partnership with Toyota because it really brings our shared brand values to life. Both Toyota and Burton share a love of adventure, the outdoors and going places, and the U.S. Open represents these qualities better than any other event out there.

"We can’t wait to bring the power of our two brands together to amplify our sport, our lifestyle and our riders year round," said Dacyshyn.

Toyota’s current deal with the IOC runs through 2024, which includes the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

IOC top-tier partners also include Alibaba Group, Atos, Coca-Cola, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

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