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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*
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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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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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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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Jan312018

Fox Grabs NFL 'Thursday Night Football', Five Years, $2.7B, Presented by Bud Light

By Barry Janoff

January 31, 2018: The NFL’s Thursday Night Football package has a new home, with Fox signing a five-year deal for 11 games per year beginning in 2018.

Industry analysts put the pact at $550 million per year, $2.75 billion over the course of the deal.

NFL partner Bud Light has signed on to be presenting partner for the Thursday Night Football games.

Thursday Night Football  presented by Bud Light games come between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on Fox, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on Fox Deportes.

NFL Network will exclusively televise an additional seven games next season, with Fox producing the entire 18-game schedule.

What the NFL and Fox called a “landmark” alliance also allows Fox Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights.

Fox said it would be able to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to Fox subscribers “over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time.”

The NFL said it would continue to develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as Fox’s Sunday games.

CBS and NBC split a ten-game Thursday Night Football schedule last season, with most games also shown on NFL Network.

CBS and NBC each paid $450 million for a two-year package covering 2016-17.

There have been complaints from NFL players regarding health issues that come with playing a game on Sunday and then one on Thursday, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed today during his "State of the NFL" media conference in Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl LII.

"We are always working to make the game safer," je said. "Most players don't like a short week, but they sure do like having ten days off after (playing on Thursday." It's like a mini-bye week."

Ratings have also been down.

CBS said it averaged an 8.6 rating and 14.1 million viewers for its five games early in the 2017 season, down 3% and 4%, respectively from 2016 (8.9, 14.7 million).

NBC said its six games, which began on Nov. 9, averaged an 8.1 rating and 14 million viewers, down 21% in ratings and 17% viewership from five games in 2016  (10.2, 17M).
 
Thursday Night Football began in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. It expanded to 13 games in 2012 and 2013, still exclusively on NFL Network.

In 2014-15, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

Digital distribution was via Twitter in 2016 and Amazon Prime Video in (2017.

“This agreement is the culmination of over ten years of strategic growth around Thursday Night Football, a period during which this property has grown from a handful of late season games on NFL Network to a full season of games and one of the most popular shows on broadcast television with additional distribution via cable and digital channels,”  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“As one of the leaders in sports television and a recognized innovator of NFL game broadcasts for many years, we’re excited to be extending our partnership with Fox Sports, one of our most trusted and valued partners, to include Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell.

Fox said this alliance “marks the fifth media rights deal between Fox Sports and the NFL dating back to the landmark agreement struck in December 1993 that essentially solidified Fox as a major broadcast network.”

According to Peter Rice, president for 21st Century Fox, “Football is in our blood at Fox and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people’s attention.

“Our historic relationship with the NFL dates back to the earliest days of Fox, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our deep and enduring partnership to include primetime games on Thursday night.”

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