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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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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

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• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

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• 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*
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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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Oct272015

Smart Move: ZTE Smartphone Adds Cavaliers, Bulls To Growing NBA Roster

By Barry Janoff

October 27, 2015: ZTE USA, which calls itself the fourth largest smartphone provider in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, has hit the ground running in the new NBA season, signing deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls to become the official smartphone partner for both teams.

ZTE USA, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, and a subsidiary of China-based ZTE Corp., already has similar pact with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Financial terms of the deals were not shared.

Last month, the company unveiled in China a special edition of its flagship Axon, a ZTE Axon Mini with NBA branding on it. That smartphone includes pre-installed NBA wallpapers and special NBA applications designed for the Chinese market.

The China launch actually foreshadowed its new NBA alliances as it featured seven different versions, one with the NBA logo on it and six others with different team logos on the back, including official team partners Cavaliers, Bulls, Warriors, Rockets and Knicks, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.

In the U.S., ZTE said its strategy is to "expand its localized approach to build its presence in the U.S. from the consumer up by connecting with fans."

Marketing support will include Internet, social media, mobile, in-arena signage and fan activations and local appearances and autograph signings by players.

ZTE also said it would be the presenting sponsorship of the Cavaliers first Chinese New Year celebration, scheduled to take place around the Cavaliers’ Feb. 8, 2016 game in Cleveland vs. the Sacramento Kings.

In addition, ZTE said it would support "large local community events such as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Season of Giving along with several others throughout the season," similar to activation it does with other NBA partners.

“We’re excited to announce ZTE as the Smartphone Partner of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the coming season and beyond,” Len Komoroski, CEO for the Cavaliers, said in a statement. “Our fans have shown they love the latest in technology features and use them to follow the team, so we have no doubt that this new partnership with ZTE will resonate well here in Cleveland.”

According to Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls president and COO, “The partnership between the Chicago Bulls and ZTE marks another significant step in the team’s international business growth. ZTE is a leader in the smartphone industry and it is exciting to welcome a new partner in that category. We look forward to working with ZTE to engage our fans and support meaningful community events and initiatives.”

ZTE said its strategy is to "expand its localized approach to build its presence in the U.S. from the consumer up by connecting with fans."

ZTE said it added the Cavaliers and Bulls as partners "after seeing great success in building loyal consumers with NBA fans in Houston, New York and Northern California."

According to Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO forf ZTE USA. “To facilitate conversations, we will go straight to the source and improve our products and services from the ground up. To provide consumers with the best possible smartphone experience, we need to connect with them on a local level.”

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