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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

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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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Feb072018

Winning Pays: NBA Teams Set Record Value, Led By Warriors, Knicks, Sixers

By Barry Janoff

February 7, 2018: With the NBA All-Star Game just around the corner, the league keeps getting all-star news about its financial, marketing and fan status.

On average, NBA teams are worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time, according to a new report from Forbes.

The New York Knicks, valued at $3.6 billion, are the NBA’s most valuable franchise for the third consecutive year, but are up just 9% in value versus the previous year, according to Forbes.

The Philadelphia 76ers had the biggest gain in value among all teams at 48% to $1.18 billion (No. 21 overall among NBA teams)

Earlier this season, numbers were released that showed sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from the previous season. according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

ESP Properties also projected that the NBA would see sponsorship dollars "skyrocket" during the 2017-18 campaign, led by the new eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas) and the beginning of a three-year trial period during which teams are allowed to sell ad patches on game jerseys for the first time in league history.

Nineteen teams have inked deals to date at an average annual rate of $9 million a year, with the bottom line being almost $200 million in new revenue for for the NBA.

That all translates very well for the league and team owners.

The Golden State Warriors moved up to No. 3 among the NBA’s most valuable teams at $3.1 billion, plus 19% in value (passing the No. 4 Chicago Bulls), thanks to national and global marketing and awareness after winning two of the past three NBA titles.

The Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James are valued at $1.325 billion (No. 15 overall among NBA teams), up 10% in value versus the previous season.

The average NFL franchise is worth $2.5 billion, 52% more than the average of NBA teams, “but that spread has been more than halved in the past five years,” reports Forbes.

“Franchise values have tripled over the past five years. Credit the league’s economics, in particular, its international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

The defending league champion Warriors have a three-year, $60 million jersey patch contract with Rakuten; followed by the Los Angeles Lakers three-year, $40 million deal with Wish, Goodyear’s $30 million three-season ad patch alliance with the Cavaliers and GE’s $24 million three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

In addition, “The start of the league’s new TV contract with Time Warner’s TNT and Walt Disney’s ESPN are worth $24 billion, three times the value of the previous pact on an annual basis,” per Forbes.

Top Five Most Valuable NBA teams are:

1. New York Knicks $3.6 billion
2. Los Angeles Lakers $3.3 billion
3. Golden State Warriors $3.1 billion
4. Chicago Bulls $2.6 billion
5. Boston Celtics $2.5 billion

The Houston Rockets, which added Chris Paul to a roster led by James Harden, went up 33% in value to $2.2 billion (No. 7 overall among NBA teams).

The Milwaukee Bucks, moving into a new arena next season and celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary this season, are valued at $1.075 billion, up 37% (No. 26 overall among NBA teams).

The Knicks crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, are valued at $2.3 billion (No. 6 overall among NBA teams), but increased 28% in value.

The Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.06 billion), Charlotte Hornets ($1.05 billion), Memphis Grizzlies ($1.025 billion) and New Orleans Pelicans ($1 billion) each increased in value versus the previous year but are the least valuable teams in the NBA landscape, per Forbes.

See the full Forbes list here.

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