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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
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Behind Coke, YouTube, Camping World, MLB Sponsor Spend Hits $892M In 2017

By Barry Janoff

October 25, 2017: Over the past month, MLB has not only been active on the field with pennant races, intense playoff games and the World Series, but off the field, as well, signing several new marketing deals to cap off what was an active and productive season.

MLB, in fact, has hit a record one-season mark, with sponsorship deals totaling a record $892 million in 2017, up 7.9% from $827 million in 2016 and up nearly $230 million from 2013.

The increase “easily beats the projected 4.1% increase in 2017 North American sponsorship spending and 4.3% increase in overall sports spending,” according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

New deals this past season included Coca-Cola as the league’s official soft drink (replacing long-time partner Pepsi), Nathan’s Famous, Old Dominion Freight Line and 5-Hour Energy.

The league also extended and expanded its alliance with Church & Dwight, among others.

"The increase in spending was also driven by first-time presenting sponsorship alliances for the playoffs and World Series," including a multi-platform alliance with Camping World (ALCS and NLCS) and several of its divisions, Doosan (ALDS), T-Mobile (NLDS), W.B. Mason (presenting sponsor of replay review) and YouTube TV (World Series), according to the ESP Properties 2017 MLB Sponsorship Report.

MLB sponsorship has risen steadily over the past several years, from $663 million in 2013,  $695 million in 2014, $778 million in 2015 and $827 million in 2016.

The most-active brands aligned with MLB are led by New Era (94% of properties with a sponsor in the apparel category report a partnership with New Era), followed by StubHub (84%), Budweiser (71%), Majestic Athletic (71%), State Farm (68%), Topps (65%), Hankook Tires (61%), Coca-Cola (58%), Papa John’s (52%) and Geico (52%).

The top spenders by category were T-Mobile (telecom), Bud/Bud Light (beer), Coca-Cola (soft drink), Chevrolet (automotive), Nike (sports footwear, apparel, equipment), Bank of America (banking), MasterCard (credit cards), StubHub (ticketing), Gillette (personal care) and State Farm (insurance).

Retail is by far the most active category sponsoring MLB. Retailers are 5.1 times more likely to sponsor MLB than the average of all sponsors, according to ESP Properties.

Automotive and QSR tie as the second most active categories (3.8), while insurance and food tie for third (3.5).

They are followed by medical (3.3), sports footwear/apparel/equipment (3.), beer (2.9), auto aftermarket (2.5) and building and home (2.4).

By comparison, MLB ranks second among the Big Four pro sports in the U.S., behind the NFL ($1.2 billion) but ahead of the NBA ($880 million) and NHL ($505 million), per ESP Properties.

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports topped $5.3 billion last year, golf was at $1.7 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per ESP Properties.

According to research firm Statista, which provides information to companies and universities around the world, global sponsorship spend on sports topped a category record $63 billion in 2017.

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