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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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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

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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*
*Still Active

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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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Tuesday
Jun202017

Despite DFS DraftKings, FanDuel Woes, Fantasy Sports Industry Tops 59M Players

By Barry Janoff

June 20, 2017: Daily fantasy sports firms DraftKings and FanDuel may be having myriad of problems with the Federal Trade Commission in trying to enact a proposed merger, but the fantasy sports industry is alive, kicking and thriving.

Fantasy sports has reached a record 59.3 million players in the U.S. and Canada, up from 57.4 million last year and more than double the number of players (28.4 million) in 2009, according to new research from the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn.

And those players like to spend, to the tune of more than $7.2 billion.

Taking into account all platforms, spending and all other venues of revenue associated with fantasy sports, the industry as a whole is valued at upward of $70 billion, according to industry analysts.

Football still reigns, with nearly three-quarters of all fantasy players associated with football-related fantasy games, leagues and groups.

The players still skew heavily male — 71% to 29% female — but combined are a stronger consumer force than ever.

That includes spending more than $1 billion on such  "ancillary" activities and goods as draft parties, food and drink and fantasy-related memorabilia.

"The fantasy sports industry's continuing growth demonstrates consumers' passion for the hobby and their desire to play with friends and family," Paul Charchian, president for Madison, WI-based FSTA, said in a statement. "We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

The future landscape of daily fantasy sports remains uncertain with the news this week that the FTC is attempting to block a potential merger between No. 1 player DraftKings and No. 2 FanDuel.

"This merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel," Tad Lipsky, acting director for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement.

According to the FTC’s complaint, at present, the two companies "battle head-to-head to offer the best prices and product quality, including the largest prize pools and greatest variety of contests. The proposed merger would create a single provider with by far the largest share of the market for paid daily fantasy sports contests in the United States."

Meanwhile, fantasy sports continues to show spending strength across the board.

Of the fantasy players who watch Sunday games at someone's home, 73% order delivery from such pizza places as Domino's, Papa John's or Pizza Hut; while 61% purchase food from places like Burger King, Wendy's, or McDonald’s, according to the FSTA.

"We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

Among other stats from the FSTA survey, conducted by Ipsos Marketing:

• 84% hold a draft party and more than 90% of players buy food and/or alcohol for the party

• 57% have a league-wide event outside of the draft party, including going to bars or clubs (51%), a group trip (47%) or a golf outing (44%)

• 73% spend money on a non-cash prize for their league winner (e.g., trophy, belt, ring)
    
• 68% spend money on a "prize" for the league loser, such as a "toilet bowl" trophy, tattoo or T-shirt.

The FSTA survey was conducted March 1-6, 2017 in Canada, and May 30-June 1, 2017 in the U.S.

It included a "representative, randomly selected sample of 3,600 teens and adults from Ipsos' online panel who were interviewed online to determine the fantasy sports market size in the U.S. and Canada."

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