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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018 (Oct. 16-21)

• Oct. 16: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (8 PM ET) TNT
• Oct. 16: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM. ET). TNT

• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

• Oct. 18: Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 PM. ET) TNT
• Oct. 18: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET) TNT

• Oct. 19: Boston Celtics vs.Toronto Raptors (8 PM ET) ESPN
• Oct. 19: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 20: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (7 PM. ET) NBA TV
• Oct. 20: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 21: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (9 PM ET) NBA TV

NBA Christmas Day Schedule
• Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks 12 Noon (ET) ESPN
• Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 3 PM (ET) ABC
• Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 5:30 PM (ET) ABC
• Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz 10:30 PM (ET) ESPN

Martin Luther King Jr. Day    
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 5:30 PM (ET) TNT
• Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 8 PM (ET) TNT
• Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM (ET) TNT

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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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