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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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Reebok, Lids Launch 'Born In The Cold' Promo For NHL’s Outdoor Winter Classic

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 12, 2016: According to The Weather Channel, the average temperature on Jan. 2 in St. Louis is 39 degrees, not exactly freezing but still pretty cold to be outside playing hockey.

That’s what the NHL wants.

On that day, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues is scheduled to be played in Busch Stadium, home of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals.

With chill in mind, NHL partner Reebok Hockey, a division of adidas, and retail partner Lids have unveiled “Born in the Cold," a contest with top prizes that include tickets to the game or to pre-game events.

"We know that hockey fans are passionate and love to be a part of iconic NHL events," Keith Leach, director for NHL Licensed Apparel at adidas Group, said in a statement. "The NHL Winter Classic is an extraordinary experience and Lids and Reebok would love to treat lucky fans to enjoy it."

To participate, people are being asked to submit between now Dec. 18 photos and/or videos to show "how proud they are to be 'Born in the Cold' by illustrating ways they play and celebrate hockey amid freezing and sub-freezing temperatures."

Submissions must tagged @Lids or @Lids4Hats and use the hashtag #BorninTheColdContest and uploaded to Twitter or Instagram.

People also may manually upload photos and videos to a dedicated Web site. (Details here.)

One grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

A second grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, scheduled for Dec. 31, also in Busch Stadium. Among those scheduled to play are Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Adam Oates, Peter Stastny and Chris Pronger.

One runner-up will win an NHL Winter Classic prize pack filled with Reebok gear and a $100 Lids gift card.

Winners are scheduled to be selected and announced on Dec. 19.

The 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, part of the NHL's Centenntial Celebration, will air live on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada  (1 PM ET/12 Noon CT).

Among other events scheduled around the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: the Heartland of Hockey Holiday Youth Classic (Dec. 26 - 30), Winterfest at the Arch (Dec. 27-Jan. 8), Pregame Tailgate Party three-day hockey festival in Ballpark Village (Dec. 31-Jan.2), a New Year’s Eve concert starring Kid Rock in Scottrade Center (Dec. 31) and the One Nation Classic Youth Hockey Day (Jan. 7).

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