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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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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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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

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NFL Extends Games In Mexico Through 2021; Will Super Bowl, Expansion Follow?

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2017: Having the NFL play games in Mexico last season and this has been so invigorating for fans, politicians and marketers that the alliance has been extended.

Even as the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were facing off in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Sunday (Nov. 19), the league extended a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for the NFL Mexico Series with three additional regular season games, 2019-2021.

The current agreement covered games in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Back in 2005, the first NFL game in Mexico saw the San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in front of 103,467 people.

The Raiders played the Washington Redskins in Estadio Azteca in 2016, with more than 76,400 in attendance.

(Editor's note: Attendance was 77,357 for the game between the Patriots and Raiders, won by New England, 33-8.)

The NFL International Series in London began in 2007, with four games per season now on the schedule.

The NFL said that the agreement would be formalized by both parties at a later date, “at which time representatives of the parties will finalize the corresponding legal and administrative documents.”

Mexico City has been mentioned as a possible site for NFL international expansion and a potential Super Bowl, along with London.

Among other activation, the league has a Web site dedicated to fans in Mexico and has had an office in Mexico City for almost 20 years.

NFL held a Fan Fest in Zocalo Square Nov. 18-19, which included the Vince Lombardi Trophy, interactive games and sponsor activities, NFL merchandise, all 51 Super Bowl rings, photo opportunities and player autograph signings.

Sponsors included banking firm Banorte, CMDX (Mexico City), Dodge, Televise Network, Wilson and Visit Mexico Tourism.

MLB next season is playing regular season games in Mexico for the first time since 1999, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with three games scheduled for May 4-6, 2018 in Estadio de Beisbol. MLB has also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion site.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism said the relationship with the NFL has “highlighted the importance of high impact sporting events for the promotion of Mexico’s tourism both nationally and internationally . . . (providing) economic benefits to Mexico City and the country as well, by supporting the tourism sector and offering our country a platform to be promoted internationally within the main markets that generate tourists.

“(This) has served as a platform to significantly boost the tourism industry in Mexico, with fans taking advantage of the opportunity to expand their trips and explore the country . . . (as) part of the strategies that are implemented within this sector to increase economic impact.” 

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