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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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Oct292018

Puma: Hoops Strategy Driving Sales Growth, Signs Soccer Star David Silva

By Barry Janoff

October 29, 2018: Sports footwear and athletic wear company Puma has been quite active since June, making its foray back into the NBA landscape and making waves in other areas with a roster of sports and celebrity endorsers.

Puma now says that initial results show they are moving in the right direction.

The company has reported a 14% Q3 growth to $1.6 million, “driven in part by its accelerated re-entry in to U.S. hoops . . . strengthened by a very positive development in apparel, which grew 27% in the quarter.”

Puma recently signed such NBA rookies as Marvin Bagley III, Zhaire Smith, Michael Porter Jr. and Deandre Ayton; veterans including DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Terry Rozier; and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who represented the company during his Hall of Fame playing days, to a lifetime contract.

The company also signed as the official shoe partner for the WNBA.

WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith already was on the Puma roster.

Puma’s global soccer roster grew today with the signing of David Silva (pictured), midfielder for Manchester City to a multi-year pact.

Puma Football earlier this year signed partnerships with players including Luis Suarez and Romelu Lukaku.

“The pre-launch of basketball for North America at the end of the quarter created a lot of 'noise' and although it is very early days, the sell-through of our first shoe model has been very positive,” Bjørn Gulden, CEO for Puma SE,” said through the company.

“This investment in performance basketball and the ‘culture’ around basketball is a strong commitment to both the performance and the sport style business in the North American market.”

According to Gulden, "We still see large shifts in product trends and consumer demand, but feel we have reacted fast enough to continue our growth.

“We now see our full-year organic sales growth between 14% and 16% “

Among the celebrities on the Puma roster are Selena Gomez, Adriana Lima, Big Sean and “creative director” Jay-Z.

“I was already wearing Puma football boots when I was a kid and I am looking forward to wearing the brand again,” Silva said via Puma.

Puma earlier this month launched a campaign, “Reform,” directly inspired by Olympian Tommie Smith, and his “Silent Gesture” that sparked global debate around the issues of civil rights and universal equality at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Throughout 2018-19 and beyond, Puma said it would be working with Reform captains to launch other programs that will promote actions to further the goal of universal equality.

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