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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• 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.

• 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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Mar062018

Pepsi Hits World Cup Guerrilla Marketing Stage With Leo Messi, Carli Lloyd

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: Coca-Cola is the official category partner with FIFA for the 2018 World Cup, but rival Pepsi is doing all it can put the global marketing spotlight on its “disruptive content and experiences.”

With 100 days to go until the World Cup in Russia (June 14 - July 15), Pepsi has launched a worldwide multi-platform sports and lifestyle campaign, “Love It. Live It. Football.”

The effort is led by five of the most high-profile athletes in the sport: Five-time Best Player of the Year Leo Messi, U.S. star and two-time Women's Best Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, Brazilian defender Marcelo Vieira, German midfielder Toni Kroos and England rising star and two-time Young Player of the Year Dele Alli.

The five will appear in TV spots, Internet, social media and POP, including Pepsi cans.

Pepsi called “Love It. Live It. Football.” a “rich, 360-degree campaign (that) connects art and sport to bring the beautiful game to life — on and off the pitch — with a unique, highly sharable and joy-evoking take on the sport and our world-class line-up of global footballers.”

"Pepsi is known for bringing football's most iconic heroes and hopefuls to the world in unexpected, entertaining ways, showing fans the never-seen-before sides of the players they love," Natalia Filippociants, senior marketing director, Global Pepsi Trademark, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo, said in a statement.

"What tightly links the football experience across our iconic brand, the players and our collective fans around the world is a love for the game. This year, we'll love and live the game like never before in all we do."

A key element of the campaign is artwork and visual experiences, including “a series of bold, black-and-white portraits captured by renowned lensman Danny Clinch.”

The intro spot, “Paint The World Blue,”  show Messi, Lloyd and the others in various locations, kicking soccer balls filled with "Pepsi Blue" that splatter upon impact on sidewalks, cars, buildings and even people. A growing number of people “decide to live for the moment, join the game and cheer on the players,” according to Pepsi.

The action is played out to ”Light it Up” remix by Major Lazer (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG).

As part of the effort, Pepsi has also released individual spots for Messi, Marcelo, Kroos, Lloyd and Dele in which each of the athletes shares insight into why they play soccer and love the sport.

Pepsi said it would continue to release additional “disruptive content and experiences that enable fans to truly love and live the game” throughout the year.

Although not a FIFA partner, Pepsi and parent company PepsiCo have numerous official soccer alliances worldwide.

In February, PepsiCo extended its partnership with the UEFA Champions League, which began in 2015, for three years. Six of PepsiCo's leading global brands will support the competition through the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, including Pepsi Zero Sugar, Lay's and Gatorade continuing to take the lead.

FIFA global partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways, Visa and Wanda Group.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hissende, McDonald’s, Mengniu and Vivo.

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