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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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1.  Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 863,416
2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
5. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459
6.  DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368
7.  Victor Oladipo (IND) 251,886
8.  Kevin Love (CLE) 221,969
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10. John Wall (WAS) 175,990
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1. Kevin Durant (GSW) 767,402
2. Stephen Curry (GSW) 735,115
3. James Harden (HOU) 602,040
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442
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

The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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Is Hummus Humorous? Is Zucchini Funny? NBA's Spurs Return With H*E*B Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 21, 2017: What do hummus, zucchini noodles, liquid detergent and skydiving have to do with the NBA?

Everything if you are the San Antonio Spurs.

In what has become an annual event — and a highly anticipated one throughout the NBA — members of the Spurs keep on their uniforms to appear in various humorous scenarios for supermarket chain H*E*B for the 13th year.

Six 30-second spots include LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.

There also are appearances from Spurs legends Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, who are part of the “H*E*B Spurs Retirement Club.”

H-E-B operates more than 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.

The company gets national attention from the spots due to the stars and the creative, from lead agency Richards Group, Dallas, which has received numerous awards.

“At H*E*B, we are really excited for our loyal customers and Spurs fans to see this year’s commercials, which have become fan favorites for more than ten years,”Cory Basso, H-E-B Group vp-marketing and advertising, said in a statement.

According to H*E*B, “This continued collaboration between H*E*B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment has led to community investment projects and provided Spurs fans and H*E*B customers with player appearances and fan appreciation events throughout the year.”

Support for spots includes Internet, social media, POP and in-arena in AT&T Center, the Spurs home venue.

H*E*B, a 111-year-old company with sales topping $23 billion, has a vested interest as a marketing partner with the team.

That includes the 7,300 square foot H-E-B FanZone in AT&T Center, which contains 56 LCD flat-screen TVs, pop-a-shot games, arena bowl view, a private bar and multiple catering stations.

Among this year’s spots:

New Experiences
Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay taste some new Primo Picks and wonder, “What else have we been missing?” They go skydiving, but Kawhi unexpectedly is the first to jump.

Zoodles
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are cooking in a kitchen “Did you know zucchini noodles are called “zoodles?” asks Parker. The discussion then leads to squash noodles could be “squoodles,” and potato noodles could be “patoodles”. Gasol, Aldridge and  Green walk in. They are renamed “Pauoodles Gazoodles” and “Lamoodles Aldooroodles” Green asks, So am I “Danoodles?” No,” says Parker, “you are Yankee Doodle Danny.”

Hummus Tasting
Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, The Coyote are tasting hummus as if it was wine. Gets into a discussion on how to pronounce hummus. “Hummuses? Haw-Moose?”

Retirement Club SRV
Spurs icons  Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson order food from H*E*B* then use the SRV — Spurs Retirement Vehicle, a large party bus driven by The Coyote — for curbside pickup.

Primo Pick-nic
The guys bring H*E*B Primo Picks to Tony’s 1st Annual H*E*B Primo Pick-Nic and each item makes Kawhi Leonard’s brain explode . . .  especially when LeMarcus Aldridge shows his bottle of laundry detergent. “Grass stains are no joke, man!”

El Primo Picks
In Hispanic

H*E*B said that people can vote for their favorite commercials at heb.com/spurs immediately following the Spurs game on Oct. 23 when all six commercials will be available to view.

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