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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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Top-Selling NBA Jerseys Dick's Sporting Goods (Season to Date)

1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

4. Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
9. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
10. Isaiah Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers
11. Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
12. Gordon Heyward Boston Celtics
13. Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
15. Al Horford Boston Celtics

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Lists are based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.
Athletes
1. Floyd Mayweather
2. Gordon Hayward
3. Aaron Boone
4. Paul George
5. Tony Romo
6. Aaron Judge
7. Gonzo Ball
8. Carmelo Anthony
9. Sergio Gracchia
10. Isaiah Thomas

Professional Sports Teams
1. New York Yankees
2. Houston Astros
3. Boston Celtics
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. New England Patriots
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Houston Rockets
10. Philadelphia Eagles

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Sep142009

Videogame Category Sees Sales Blowin' In The Wind

September 14, 2009: Through August, retail sales of videogames had declined for six straight months, but a flurry of recent releases has the category believing that, if not smooth sailing, calmer waters are head. Madden NFL 10 was released  Aug. 14, then Guitar Hero 5 came on Sept. 1 and The Beatles: Rock Band dropped on Sept. 9.

Although sales of Madden 10 were down almost 19% versus Madden NFL '09 in 2008, Madden NFL 10 was the top-selling video game of August. EA Sports sold nearly 1.9 million copies of Madden, 10, which included figures for the Xbox 360 version (the month's best-seller with 928,000) and Madden for the PS3 (665,000), according to market research company The NPD Group, Port Washington, N.Y.

The Guitar Hero franchise had take in more than $2 billion in sales worldwide prior to the release of GH5. Sales from the week ending Sept. 5 put Guitar Hero 5 among the top five in various hardware categories. The list, from category sources, was: For Wii: Wii Sports Resport, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, GH5. For Xbox 360: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, GH5. For PlayStation: Batman'Arkam Asylum, Madden NFL 10, GH5.

Data from the week ending Sept. 10 saw The Beatles: Rock Band topping sales across multiple platforms, including Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, where The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition was No. 4. Sales for GH5 have already softened, as it was not among the Wii top 5, was  No. 4 on Xbox 360 and No. 5 on PlayStation 3.

Meanwhile, the ten best selling games on Amazon.com for the week ending Sept. 12 included Wii Sports Resort at No. 1, GH5 for Xbox 360 at No. 6, The Beatles for Xbox 360 No. 7, The Beatles for PS 3 No. 9; and GH 5 for PS 3 No. 10.

NPD Group reported a 16% decline to $909 million in overall U.S. retail sales of hardware, software and accessories through August. Sales of games fell 15% $470 million versus August 2008, and hardware sales fell 25% to $298 million.

But the industry annually looks toward Q4 and the holiday season as its strongest quarter, and figures would seem to predict that happening again in 2009. According to a new report from NPD Group, kids 12 years of age and younger account for 24% of videogame industry unit sales, while households with kids in this age group present comprise 45% of total industry dollar sales, In its study, "Kids & Cross-Entertainment Behaviors," NPD Group said that "with an average of 68 leisure hours each week, and the largest share of the kids leisure time pie going to entertainment, kids have a major influence on the games industry."

The study also shows that 57% of children 2-12 play videogames, and 62% of them use a computer. The outlook: "While it is a big market for games, this consumer segment is far from penetrated, representing an area for future industry expansion."

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 53.4 million of them ages 12 and under in the U.S., accounting for 17% of the population," Anita Frazier, industry analyst for NPD Group, said in a statement. "Yet for many industries, games included, they account for a much larger portion of total sales. For the 12 months ending June 2009, this group of consumers comprised 24% of games industry unit sales. Tweens in particular are a highly involved group of consumers as 75% of this age group play video games and 81% are on the computer for non-homework related activities.”

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