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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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Mayweather Jr. Going Global: Signs Deal For MMA Match In Japan On New Year’s Eve

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By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2018: Mayweather Jr.: ‘I Was Blindsided’ About Arrangements For Japan MMA Deal

November 5, 2018: Following his fight with Conor McGregor in August 2017, during which UFC star McGregor converted from MMA style to boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked about a rematch that would take place in McGregor’s Octagon territory.

Mayweather Jr. has followed up on that, but not with McGregor.

Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Japanese MMA promotions company Rizin Fighting Federation to meet Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, current RISE Featherweight World Champ, scheduled for New Year’s Eve in the Saitama Super Arena.

The match, Rizin 14, still has a lot of holes to fill, including what rules the fighters would follow (boxing, MMA, a combination), finances, marketing deals, PPV options and licensing.

At a press conference in Japan on Monday (Sunday evening in the U.S.), a banner behind the fighters included logos from Mayweather Jr.’s The Money Team, Rizin and Cygames, a video game company based in Tokyo.

Although he realizes that some critics might see this as a a publicity stunt, Mayweather Jr. said he is all-in, and that he intends to build his business and following in Japan and Asia.

‘”My team and I said ‘’Let's do something different’,” Mayweather Jr. said at the press event. “Let's go to Japan and give people what they want. This is about me displaying my skills against another skilled fighter. This is about entertainment.”

But when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is involved in a project, there is also the priority of finances.

“I couldn’t choose a better company than Rizin (to work with),” said Mayweather Jr. “Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters. My relationship with Rizin doesn’t stop here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.

“I want to continue to build my relationship with The Money Team Tokyo and bring other fighters here so my company can continue to grow. So Rizin can continue to grow. We look forward to taking the Mayweather banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”

Mayweather Jr.’s promotion and deals here are being handled by One Entertainment, NY, which has represented Mayweather Jr. on other international deals, and also lists among its endeavors film, music, corporate and cause marketing activation.

“Risin and I sat down the last couple of weeks to come up with things that make sense for a long-term partnership and opportunities,” Brent Johnson, managing partner and CEO for One Entertainment, said during the press event.

“This fight, this deal will make sense as far as the money goes. There will be licensing, There will be other opportunities that we will explore. This is the Mayweather team coming together with Rizin.

“We have to make money on this for it to make sense,” Johnson said. I’ve been taught that by the guy sitting next to me.”

Mayweather Jr. took home more than $250 million from his 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and $300 million for his fight against McGregor last year, according to industry analysts.

Among his other endeavors Maywether Jr., 41, is building his Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations in the U.S. and internationally.

Also at the press event was Nasukawa and Nobuyuki Sakakibara, businessman and president of Rizin Fighting Federation.

Nasukawa, 20, was born in August 1998. At that time, Mayweather Jr. already had a boxing record of 17-0.

Mayweather Jr. has also talked about a rematch in the ring with Pacquiao, which would be a follow-up to his 2015 win.

The pair “accidentally” met in September during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo, during which Mayweather Jr. boasted, “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine figure payday on the way.”

Those plans were put on hold with Mayweather Jr.’s decision to instead fight Tenshin this year.

“I’ve already been to Tokyo eight or ten times, and I look forward to coming back more often,” Mayweather Jr. said at the media event. “I love that people from my team were able to come together to make this happen.”

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