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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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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
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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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Dec052016

'Call of Duty', COD World League Success Part Of Major eSports Growth Worldwide

By Barry Janoff

December 4, 2016: Armed with eye-popping stats from Season 1 that include the participation of more than 1,000 teams worldwide, more than 1.2 billion minutes watched of live competitive content and more than 120 million tune-ins, Activision Publishing has unveiled schedules and activation for Season 2 of Call of Duty World League Presented by PlayStation4.

The new eSports season officially starts Dec. 7 and is scheduled to run through the championship in August 2017.

The news was shared this weekend during the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, Calif. (Dec. 3 - 4), which included a special invitational pitting eight teams from North America and Europe.

Activision described the invitational as a precursor to the first CWL open competition, scheduled for Dec. 16-18 in Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay.

Activision said the participation and worldwide viewing stats were all record numbers for the franchise.

"The 2016 inaugural season of the CWL was incredible," Rob Kostich, evp and GM for Call of Duty, said in a statement. "We saw more than 1,000 teams from around the world compete, and well over one billion minutes of broadcast content featuring some of the greatest Call of Duty competition ever.

"So together with our presenting partner PlayStation4, we’re excited to kick-off a new season of the Call of Duty World League, and what better way to get started than with a special invitational competition right here at PSX this weekend," said Kostich.

Marketing support will include TV, Internet, social media, POP and on-site activations.

A Call of Duty Infinite Warfare spot featuring Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps, "Screw It, Let’s Go To Space," has garnered almost 10 million views on YouTube since being posted in late October.

Season 2 of CWL, the return of the Call of Duty World League Championship in 2017 and a new Pro Latin America North League of Legends league are all in partnership with Major League Gaming.

According to Phil Rosenberg, svp-publisher and developer relations for Playstation parent company Sony Interactive Entertainment America, "PlayStation4 is proud to partner with the Call of Duty World League. The spirit of competition and the excitement shared by fans throughout the season is nothing short of amazing . . . We can’t wait to get things started for our fans here at PSX."

The success of the Call of Duty World League is part of the arching success being experienced across the eSports landscape.

According to a recent study from eSports research and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, among U.S. men ages 21 to 35, eSports "is as popular as baseball & ice hockey," with 22% watching eSports frequently.

In addition, cccassional viewers in the U.S. will reach 144 million this year, with 148 million enthusiasts. Those numbers will grow to 212 million casual viewers and 215 million enthusiasts in 2019, according to NewZoo’s Why Sports And Brands Want To Be In eSports.

Translating that into dollars and cents, revenue is expected to reach $493 million this year and top $1.1 billion in 2019, per NewZoo.

A separate study from NewZoo, supported by a report from Juniper Research, indicted that eSports audiences worldwide could reach NFL levels by 2017.

Report: eSports Nearing NFL, NBA, MLB Marketing, Money Levels

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