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• 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.

• NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Daytona Beach, Fla.), as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.

Forbes is reporting that the Seattle Mariners home stadium which has been known as Safeco Field since 1999, will be renamed via a new naming rights deal with T-Mobile beginning with the 2019 MLB season. The naming rights deal with Safeco Insurance — 20 years for $40 million — expired this past season and Safeco decided not to renew. The T-Mobile deal could be for upward of $6 million per year.

• 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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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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Sep032010

Jersey-Front Sponsorship Deals Continue To Gain Momentum With U.S. Pro Sports

September 2, 2010: When it comes to advertising in pro sports on uniforms or togs, Nascar takes the checkered flag. But Major League Soccer, taking its cue from European soccer, leads all team sports in America.

Jersey Shore may be a hot TV property, but jersey front is the hot property in sports. Due to the ongoing challenges of the economy and the desire of marketers to pool their resources in order to implement more powerful activation, MLS may very well be setting the stage for other pro team sports to follow.

Alaska Airlines has signed a deal to become the official airline marketing partner and jersey-front sponsor of the Portland Timbers, a pro soccer club that is scheduled to begin MLS play in 2011. The deal also makes Alaska Airlines the first airline jersey sponsor in the 15-year history of MLS.

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, jersey-front sponsorships with MLS clubs generally run between $1-$4 million per year, depending on other activations included in the deal.

More than 70% of MLS clubs now have jersey-front sponsors, by far the largest percentage among American pro sports teams. The WNBA has been making inroads in the category but currently has only four of its 12 teams with jersey-front sponsors.

In a similar situation, the fledgling United Football League has been selling the highly visible space on the front of team helmets to marketing partners.

Included among the MLS clubs with jersey-front sponsors are the Chicago Fire (Best Buy), Chivas USA, (Extra), Columbus Crew (Gidden), DC United (Volkswagen), Houston Dynamo (Amigo Energy), Los Angeles Galaxy (Herbalife), Real Salt Lake (XanGo), New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes (Amway), Seattle Sounders (Xbox 360 Live), Toronto FC (BMO) and the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps (Bell Canada), which also begin play in 2011.

A deal this year with Microsoft put its Bing search engine logo on the front of the WNBA's Seattle Storm jerseys.The WNBA teams with jersey-front sponsors are the Los Angeles Sparks (Farmers Insurance), Seattle Storm (Microsoft's Bing), Phoenix Mercury (Lifelock) and the New York Liberty (Foxwoods). NBA commissioner David Stern and WNBA president Donna Orender said they anticipate more such deals moving forward.

Although industry analysts say the day that MLB, NBA and NFL executives allow jersey-front sponsorships may never be a reality, it has become less of a fantasy: The NBA and the NFL currently allow marketers other than official uniform suppliers to put their logos on practice jerseys. And given the challenges of its status and its strong ties to international audiences, the NHL may be the next pro league to yield that valuable piece of real estate to marketing dollars. although that, too, could not be in the immediate future.

Beginning in 2011, fans attending Timbers games at the newly renovated PGE Park in Portland also will see Alaska Airlines advertising throughout the stadium, including field-level animated digital signage. As part of the sponsorship, the airline will support the new Portland Timbers Community Fund, partnering with the team on several youth-based fitness and educational initiatives. In addition, the airline will donate 25 game-day tickets to underprivileged Portland-area youth at every home game as part of the Timbers "Tickets for Kids" program. Alaska Airlines also will be the presenting sponsor for all MLS Timbers youth soccer camps.

"[This] is a significant and defining moment for the MLS Timbers,"  Merritt Paulson, president of the Timbers, said in a statement. "Alaska Airlines as a jersey partner is a perfect marriage for us. Alaska has strong local roots, shares our unwavering commitment to outstanding customer service and offers unique promotional opportunities for our organization."

Timbers management said they would unveil the team's MLS uniforms and official training wear featuring the Alaska Airlines logo in December.

"More than 70% of MLS clubs now have jersey-front sponsors, by far the largest percentage among American pro sports teams."

According to Alaska Airlines president Brad Tilden, "Supporting Portland's hometown soccer team is the perfect fit for Alaska Airlines and the 2,300 Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees who call the greater Portland area home."

Added MLS commissioner Don Garber, "What makes this new partnership so special is the fact that Alaska Airlines has such a strong presence in Portland, helping to build excitement in a region already so rich in soccer tradition."

Together, Alaska Airlines, whose main hub is in Seattle, and sibling Horizon Air offer more nonstop flights (serving 25 different destinations), more daily flights (88 a day) and more California service (38 flights daily to 13 California destinations) from Portland International Airport, per the carrier.

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