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• 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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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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6. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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Sponsorship Spend In ’18 To Top Record $24B In North America, $65.8B Worldwide

By Barry Janoff

January 9, 2018: Calling it a “rebound year” — and led by such companies as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors — sponsorship spending in North America is projected to reach a record $24.2 billion and $65.8 billion worldwide.

Sports will continue to be the leading category, with 70% of North America sponsorship marketing in 2018 in the category, topping $17 billion, according to research, marketing and consulting firm ESP Properties (formerly IEG), Chicago.

That figure is up nearly 5% from $16.3 billion is 2017 and some $1.3 billion more than the $15.7 billion spend  in 2016,

Global sponsorship spend was $55.3 billion in 2014, $67.5 billion in 2015, $60.1 billion in 2016, $62.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach $65.8 billion in 2018, up 4.8%.

“On the heels of a tighter-than-anticipated North American sponsorship market in the year just ended, (2018) projects (to be) a rebound this year, alongside continued steady growth globally,” according to the ESP Sponsorship Year-End Industry Review and Forecast.

Last year, ESP said it projected worldwide growth of 4.5% and an increase in North America of 4.1%.

However, that forecast’s caveat that “caution on the part of brand and corporate marketers could grow into concern as the year progresses, thus limiting their willingness to commit additional dollars to partnerships,” proved accurate in North America, where spend increased only 3.6% to $23.1 billion.

“A key factor was continued examination of sponsorship budgets, with an eye to reducing overall spending, by major players in the beverage industry — the largest spending category — including soft drink and beer giants PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors,” according to ESP.

Also, per ESP Sponsorship Year-End Industry Review and Forecast, “While 2017 growth rates for advertising and other forms of marketing—including public relations, direct marketing and promotions—were just above 2% in North America and 35% globally, both are expected to rebound by about a percentage point or more this year.”

For 2018, sports sponsorship spending is projected to be followed by entertainment, which saw a $2.3 billion sponsor spend in 2017 and is projected to reach $2.4 billion in 2018.

Sponsor spend on causes in North America was $2 billion in 2017 with a projection of $2.14 billion in 2018.

Sponsor spend on arts in 2018 is projected to top $1 billion for the first time, up fro $993 million in 2017.

Festivals, fairs and annual events was $903 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $936 million in 2018.

Associations and membership organizations sponsor spend was $616 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $635 million in 2018.

By region, sponsorships spend in Europe was $16 billion in 2016, $16.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to be $17.6 billion in 2018.

Asia Pacific is projected to go from $15.7 billion in 2017 to $16.6 billion in 20218, and Central-South America rise from $4.5 billion to $4.6 billion.

PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch Top Spends In Sponsorships

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