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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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• 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

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• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

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• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

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• 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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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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Apr162018

Pro Fight League Unveils $10M,126-Bout Schedule On NBCSN, Facebook Watch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 16, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, calling itself MMA re-imagined, has unveiled its roster of 72 fighters from 13 countries and its official 11-event, 126 fight schedule, with the first PFL regular season event to be held on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.

The league, co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey and Mark Leschly, will have its bouts aired on NBCSN and Facebook Watch.

The 2018 PFL season features the 126 fights in seven regular-season competitions, a bracket-style ”win or go home” playoff and a $10 million post-season prize pool.

“PFL is the new league for the new era of MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Peter Murray, CEO for the PFL, said in a statement.

“We are confident that our innovative win-and-advance format will excite MMA fans and draw new fans to the sport. We are honored to provide these incredibly skilled athletes the opportunity to compete on a major global stage..”

All of the PFL regular season bouts will air live on Thursday in primetime during MMA Night in America on NBC Sports Network.

According to Jon Miller, president for NBC Sports. “We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN. MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

“The PFL win and advance true sport format will be game-changing for MMA.”

PFL recently unveiled a partnerships with Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Contender), president of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television, to develop and produce new content and programming for PFL’s upcoming season.

MGM and Burnett will both join as PFL investors.

The deal will feature PFL’s “What Do you Fight For?” short-form digital and social content with behind-the-scenes videos, “Top 10 of The Week," "Path to the Finals," "24:7: Life of a Fighter," and “Inside the Gym” cam.

Events televised by NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All regular season events will have encore telecasts on NBCSN later the same night.

Facebook will also open each event with a live 30-minute pre-fight show and close with a live 30-minute post-fight show. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook prior to NBCSN’s presentation of the main bouts.

The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.

According to Carlos Silva, PFL president, “The most talented fighters from around the world will proudly fight under the PFL banner.

“In our format, every single punch and every single round matters, as fighters compete for a shot at the PFL championship. We can’t wait to see all the action in the regular season, which stars emerge post-season in October, and who will share in the biggest MMA prize pool ever on New Year’s Eve.”

The 2018 PFL season:

  • June 7: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York
  • June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
  • July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
  • July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)

(Tickets for the June 7 PFL1 regular season event in Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale April 18 at PFLMMA.com.

See the full current roster here.

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