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• 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
14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

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1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Boston Celtics
8. San Antonio Spurs
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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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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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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Unhidden Figures: March Madness Means More Beer, Pizza, $150M Economic Impact

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2017: By the numbers, the NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball Tournament runs from the First Four on March 14-15 through the Final Four on April 1 and championship game on April 3, with 68 teams and some 900 players seeking to become this year’s real deal or Cinderella.

But the numbers can be drilled down much farther.

This year, with the Final Four and title games in the University of Phoenix Stadium, the city is projected to realize an economic impact of $100-$150 million, according to financial, credit score and consulting e-firm WalletHub, a division of Evolution Finance, Washington DC.

According to WalletHub, there will be some 125,000 visitors descending on Phoenix, expected to spend an average of $2,100 each on such items as lodging, food and transportation.

The economic impact on Dayton, Ohio, home to the First Four, has reached an estimated $70 million since 2001, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By comparison, in 2012, with the March Madness Final Four games tha took place in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans realized an economic impact of $135 million, according to the New Orleans Visitors and Convention Bureau.

In 2013, Atlanta hosted the Final Four and had an economic impact of about $70 million, according to the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee. In 2014, in Dallas, the economic impact was put at $183 million and an additional $56 million in Arlington, home to Final Four venue AT&T Stadium, according to the North Texas Local Organizing Committee.

In 2015 in Indianapolis, the impact from hosting the Final Four was about $71 million; and in 2016 in Houston, which hosted the 2016 Final Four, the city had an economic impact of about $150 million, according to the respective city’s organizing committees.

The average price of a single-game ticket to the Final Four this year is $477, but resale prices may go from between $9,600 for court-level seats to $558 for upper levels.

Meanwhile, 81% of human resource pros say their company has no policy in addressing office pools and the completion of brackets, perhaps not such a good thing as some $4 billion will be lost at the corporate level due to "unproductive workers during March Madness," said WalletHub.

There were 70 million tournament brackets completed regarding the men’s basketball tournament last year. Odds of filling out a perfect bracket: One in 9,200,000,000,000,000,000.

In keeping with odds and March Madness, an estimated $9.2 billion was wagered on 2016 Tournament games — some $8.9 billion of it illegally, per WalletHub.

Some categories should, as usual, benefit from March Madness.

An average of 14 million barrels of beer are produced monthly — except for March when WalletHub reports that 17.5 million barrels are produced.

The sales of pizza and desserts also goes up, most significantly among fans of teams that have lost their March Madness games: a 19% increase in pizza and a 9% increase in desserts.

Concurrently, while they are eating and watching games on TV on CBS and on Turner Sports’ three cable stations, TBS, TNT and truTV, fans are multi-taking.

Last year, while an average of 17.8 million watched the title game on TBS, TNT and truTV, there were 56 million combined impressions generated on Twitter and Facebook during the National Championship game in which Villanova defeated North Carolina, 77-74.

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