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• 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.

• NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Daytona Beach, Fla.), as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.

Forbes is reporting that the Seattle Mariners home stadium which has been known as Safeco Field since 1999, will be renamed via a new naming rights deal with T-Mobile beginning with the 2019 MLB season. The naming rights deal with Safeco Insurance — 20 years for $40 million — expired this past season and Safeco decided not to renew. The T-Mobile deal could be for upward of $6 million per year.

• 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

KEEPING SCORE

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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Oct082017

Adidas’ First Ad As NHL Jersey Partner Centers On Creativity Of League, Players

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2017: In September 2015, adidas signed a seven-year deal with the NHL naming it the official provider of on-ice uniforms and supplier of licensed apparel and headwear, taking over for its Reebok division beginning with the 2017-18 season.

That time has arrived, and adidas, having recently unveiled its first official league uniforms, is now supporting the alliance with the first its full-fledge effort behind its NHL partnership.multi-platform campaign, "What if Hockey . . . "

The effort was launched with a 30-second spot, "Here To Create," featuring three of the league’s young star and adidas spokesmen, wearing the new adiizero jerseys: Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks, pictured above) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars, pictured below).

The theme of the campaign is "celebrating creativity in hockey," and in the spot the three players show how they use lacrosse, street hockey and gymnastics as part of their training.

According to adidas, ”Some athletes evoke emotions, some tap into imagination, some challenge the status quo, and with each opportunity to create. These athletes are changing the game.”

“Adidas is the brand for creators and with my unique style on and off the ice,” said Burns, who recently signed with the brand and "will take a leading role in upcoming adidas brand marketing initiatives, along with collaborating on future adidas hockey apparel and accessories.”

“I felt that partnering with the brand was a natural fit. Adidas has a ton of momentum and I just knew that I had to be a part of this energy and a member of the adidas family,” said Burns.

"What if Hockey. . . " will air in media outlets in the U.S. Canada and the U.S. on-air and online.

A 15-second version of the spot will be tagged to include Dick’s Sporting Goods and will run in stores and on their digital and social channels.

In the spot, we see scenes of McDavid, Burns, Sequin both on- and off-ice.

A voiceover offers: “What if inspiration could come from where we least expect it. In our path to the top is the road less traveled. What if we dare to be ourselves? And we never stopped creating.”

Text reads: “Here to Create. Adidas.”

Additional creative, including Internet, social media and in-arena will support the campaign.

Adidas said it solicited feedback from players while designing the jerseys has been getting positive feedback from players regarding the finished adizero product.

"Our company takes pride in building products to make athletes perform better," Dan Near, the head of adidas hockey, said when the jerseys were officially unveiled. “We were really pleased to hear a general level of excitement about this change that we respected the traditions of hockey.

“But we brought some new aesthetic and excitement to the sport that's hopefully going to be reflective of the impact adidas is going to have on the game in the seven-year partnership.”

According to Near, "What are we bringing into the sport of hockey that's enhancing what we've had in the past and making it better? It can't be just about aesthetics. It has to be a legitimate storyline behind it."

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