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• WWE said that Houston’s Minute Maid Park would host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event will mark the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Phoenix’ Chase Field (before a capacity crowd of 48,193). The event will stream live around worldwide on WWE Network.

• SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and a leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, is partnering with USA Hockey to promote participation in youth hockey during USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America (Feb. 17 - 24) and USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day (Feb. 23).

• MLS said its board of governors has extended the contract of commissioner Don Garber through the 2023 season. Garber, 61, has been commissioner since 1999, overseeing the league expanding from 12 to 27 clubs, adding 25 new owners and developing 19 soccer stadiums across the U.S. and Canada.

• Al Horford of the Boston Celtics is the new national NBA face for Built With Chocolate Milk. A TV and digital campaign will “spotlight his balanced approach to performance, recovery and nutrition. For the first time, the campaign will be bilingual, with Horford the first Hispanic athlete on the roster.

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Finalists For The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Unveiled at NBA All-Star Weekend as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2019:

Players
• Marques Johnson
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Ben Wallace
• Chris Webber
• Paul Westphal
Coaches
• Bill Fitch
• Eddie Sutton
Referee
• Hugh Evans

Finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee
Player
• Theresa Weatherspoon
Coaches
• Leta Andrews
• Barbara Stevens

The Class of 2019 will be unveiled during a press conference in Minneapolis at the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

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Weekend Box Office Feb. 9-11
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part $55M
2. What Men Want $21M
3. Cold Pursuit $9.5M
4. The Prodigy $7M
5. The Upside $5.7M
6. Glass $5.5M
7. Miss Bala $3.8M
8. Aquaman $3M
9. Green Book $2.7M
10. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $2.4M
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IOC Takes Steps To Bring eSports, eGamers Closer To Olympic Competition Reality

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2017: The International Olympic Committee moved steps closer to, but remained cautious about, adding eSports to future Games, stating that the category is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic,” and already has the “involvement of various Olympic movement stakeholders.”

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity . . . the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” the IOC said today (Oct. 28) during an Olympic Summit meeting held at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The meeting came with about 100 days to go until the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea (Feb. 9-25) and 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).

Any addition of eSports and eGames likely would not get approval until the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

eSports will for the first time will be part of the medal events at the 2022 Asian Games via an alliance between the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports, the eSports division of China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group is a top tier partner with the IOC, as is Intel, which has significant investments in the eSports category.

Among those attending the Olympic Summit meeting were IOC president Thomas Bach, U.S. Olympic Committee president Lawrence Probst; IOC vice-presidents Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch, U─čur Erdener, and Anita DeFranz; and various heads of international federations and national Olympic committees.

Under discussion were “a number of topics which are important to the future of the Olympic Movement,” including the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, protection of “clean athletes,  pre-Games testing and eSports.

According to the IOC, attendees at the Summit agreed that "eSports" are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, ‘The content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.

“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).”

The Summit asked the IOC together with the Global Association of Sports Federations “in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players to explore this area further and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.”

eSports is expected to be a $700 million category this year and nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to NewZoo, San Francisco, which is among the leading eSports research and consulting firms in the world.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, players prepare and train with an intensity . . . comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

“eSsports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries,”  Peter Warman, CEO for NewZoo, wrote in an eSports report.

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live-streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them,” according to Warman.

Regarding the 2018 Winter Games, the Olympic Summit participants “expressed their full support for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

The Summit also applauded the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for all the progress in the technical preparations for the Games.

“The safety and security of the athletes are of course the top priority for everyone in the Olympic Movement, and this was highlighted again by the Olympic Summit. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with governments, NOCs and International Federations (IFs).”

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