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deal w O via the NFL Players Inc. licensing- unit. "Since partnering in 2013, and have helped nearly 1,000 players connect with hundreds of brands to share campaigns, reaching more than 1 billion fans worldwide."

• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

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1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
11. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
13. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
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2. Cleveland Cavaliers
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4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Boston Celtics
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9. Chicago Bulls
10. Oklahoma City Thunder
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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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East Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Joel Embiid
West Starters: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins
The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains — James and Curry — will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.

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5-Hour Energy Gets Official Roster, Marketing Status For '17-18 All-Star Games

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April 11, 2017: Baseball games usually take about three hours to play.

But MLB is looking at a different time frame via a new alliance with Living Essentials, LLC, the makers of 5-Hour Energy shots.

The brand has signed a deal to become an official partner for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard this July in Miami.

It also will be the official partner for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

To launch the alliance, Living Essentials has created a new flavor, Apple Pie Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy, which features a limited-edition MLB logo on the label of the bottle.

Marketing will include the tag, "When life is like Game 7," and feature a TV spot starring Jose Altuve, All-Star second baseman for the Houston Astros, touting Apple Pie Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy.

The brand said it would have activation around 2017 MLB All-Star Week, as well as sampling at MLB All-Star FanFest and other MLB All-Star Week events.

Among other deals, 5-Hour Energy has supported WWE, including the recent WrestleMania 33.

Marketing will include the tag, "When life is like Game 7," and feature a TV spot with Jose Altuve, All-Star second baseman for the Astros.

According to Living Essentials, to celebrate its status as an official partner of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, "We are introducing Apple Pie Extra Strength flavor. With its delicious Apple Pie taste, it’s sure to deliver in the clutch.

"And of course it has zero sugar, four calories and the hard-working blend of vitamins, nutrients and caffeine that have made Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy the No. 1 line of energy shots in the U.S.”

"We are very excited to work with Major League Baseball as an official MLB All-Star Game partner, and we're thrilled that MLB-themed Apple Pie flavored Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy is now available to our fans throughout the baseball season," Melissa Skabich, communications director for Living Essentials, said in a statement.

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