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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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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

KEEPING SCORE

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*
*Still Active

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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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Oct032017

Yankees Judge Leads MLB Top-Selling Jerseys, Helps Topps Break Records

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2017: Even as he was setting MLB rookie marks and New York Yankees team marks on the field, Aaron Judge was a significant factor in selling MLB jerseys and Topps baseball cards.

Judge hit an MLB rookie one-season record 52 homers (topping Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987) and 33 home runs in Yankee Stadium (breaking Babe Ruth’s team record 32 set in 1921 in the Polo Grounds.

His on-field prowess has translated into strong marketing production..

Judge become only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Meanwhile, Judge was driving sales of MLB Topps Now cards, which commemorate historic MLB moments and are available online usually the day after the event takes place, but for only 24 hours.

The trading card and collectibles company said it has hit the one million sales mark in Topps NOW cards since launching the platform in 2016.

Sales of Judge’s Topps NOW alone this season are nearing 100,000, including a one-card mark 16,138 copies of the card commemorating his rookie record-breaking 50th home run.

According to MLB and the MLB Players Assn., seven of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 20 players who lead the league in jersey sales in 2017 will participate in this year’s post-season.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of MLB, since Opening Day 2017.

The average age of the Top 10 players is 27. Players representing 13 different clubs make up the Top 20 most popular player jerseys, which includes ten infielders, five outfielders, three catchers and two pitchers.

Behind Judge, the Top Ten includes Bryant, Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants), Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals) Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indian) and Javier Báez (Chicago Cubs).

See the full Top 20 list below.

Judge’s record-breaking 50th home run Topps NOW card broke the single-card record of 11,550 commemorating Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,000th career hit in 2016.

Judge's 2017 Home Run Derby championship card is third all-time (8,997).

"Topps NOW has been a truly innovative program that Topps was thrilled to bring to sports fans and collectors first," David Leiner, GM and vp-North American Sports & Entertainment for Topps, said in a statement.

"The program resonated with baseball fans because it helped bring them closer to a sport they are truly passionate about. Whether it’s a walk-off win, an amazing home run-robbing catch or a great milestone, fans know they can count on Topps NOW to capture those moments almost immediately.”

According to Leiner, "Judge has really grabbed the attention of baseball fans everywhere. His Topps NOW cards have been some of the most popular in the program from his debut in 2016 to winning the 2017 Home Run Derby to breaking the rookie record.”
 
Topps NOW 2017 MLB cards will continue throughout the playoffs and World Series.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2017
 
1.   Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
2.   Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3.   Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
4.   Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
5.   Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
6.   Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
7.   Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
8.   Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
9.   Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
10.  Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
11.  Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
12.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
13.  Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
14.  Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
15.  Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees
16.  Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
17.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
18.  Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
19.  Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
20.  Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SOURCE: MLBShop.com

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