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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.

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1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
11. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
13. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves

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1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Boston Celtics
8. San Antonio Spurs
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Oklahoma City Thunder
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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains — James and Curry — will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.

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Money Ball: Ronaldo, LeBron, Messi, Federer, World’s Highest Paid Athletes

By Barry Janoff

June 7, 2017: On the court, LeBron James is associated with the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Off the court, he has deals that include Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite, picturred), Kia and Beats by Dre.

Put them together and James is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, earning $86.2 million between June 2016-June 2017, including the second-most in endorsements among all athletes worldwide, taking in $55 million.

In fact, James is among 32 NBA players who made the 2017 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes In The World list, just released by Forbes.

Although he strives to be No. 1, that position among the world’s highest-paid athletes goes to Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Real Madrid and the Portugal National Team.

Ronaldo earned $58 million in salary and bonuses, an additional $35 million from such endorsement deals as Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife and Abbott Labs. His CR7 brand includes shoes, underwear, clothing, cologne and an investment in hotels.

On the list of endorsement deals, James is second behind tennis star Roger Federer, who earned $58 million in deals that include Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Moet & Chandon, Barilla, Lindt, NetJets, Wilson and Credit Suisse.

According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid sports stars earned a cumulative $3.11 billion over the past 12 months. Although that was down 1% from the previous year, the cutoff point to even make the list rose $600,000 to $21.4 million.

There was only woman athlete on the list: Serena Williams at No. 51, who had $8 million in tennis winnings and $19 million in endorsements including Nike, Chase (pictured), Intel, Tempur-Pedic, Beats by Dre, Berlei, Audemars Piguet and Wilson (not counting money from partnership deals including Mission and the Miami Dolphins).

Maria Sharapova, who was the only other woman in the previous Top 100, did not make this list because she was off the court due to her suspension for use of a banned drug. Her endorsement deals on the 2016 list totaled about $19 million.

There were athletes from 21 countries, but America-born players led the list with 63.

Three of the Top Eight highest-paid players are currently involved in the NBA Finals: James and Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant (No. 5) and Stephen Curry (No. 8).

Following the NBA’s 32 players, the Top 100 also includes 22 MLB players, 15 from the NFL, nine soccer stars, six each from tennis and auto racing, four from golf and three boxers.

Three athletes were the sole representatives from their respective sports: Usain Bolt (track & field), Conor McGregor (UFC/MMA) and cricket star Virat Kohl.

Of the 22 MLB players, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the list at No. 28, earning $33.3 million total in total but only $800,000 from endorsements. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants topped MLB players with $4 million in endorsement deals.

Among the 15 NFL players. Drew Brees led in endorsements with $14 million while Cam Newton was second in endorsements at $13 million.

In auto racing, Lewis Hamilton at No. 10 earned $46 million overall and took in $8 million from endorsements. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had $8 million in endorsements but came in at No. 100 overall.

Golf’s foursome was led by No. 3 Phil Michelson with $40 million in endorsements. Tigers Woods was No. 17 with $37.1 million in total, but just $107,000 in prize money. At one time, he earned more than $110 million from endorsements alone.

Boxing’s trio was topped by Canelo Alvarez at No. 43 with $26.6 million in overall earnings, but No. 98 Wladimir Klitschko led the category with $4 million in endorsements.

There was no Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the list, although he has been atop the list over the past few years, as he has not fought since September 2015 and earns no money from endorsement deals.

That could change for the next list because of the hyped and, to date, much talked about bout with Conor McGregor comes to fruition.

According to Forbes, earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017.

Top 15 Athletes By Endorsement Earnings
1. Roger Federer Tennis $58 million
2. LeBron James NBA $55 million
3. Phil  Mickelson Golf $40 million
4. Tiger Woods Golf $37 million
5. Ronaldo Soccer $35 million
6. Stephen Curry NBA $35 million
7. Kevin Durant NBA $34 million
8. Rory McIlroy Golf $34 million
9. Rafael Nadal Tennis $32 million
10. Usain Bolt Track $32 million
11. Kei Nishikori Tennis $30 million
12. Novak Djokovic Tennis $28 million
13. Lionel Messi Soccer $27 million
14. Neymar Soccer $22 million
15. James Harden NBA $20 million

30 Highest-Paid Atheltes (Total/Endorsements)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer $93M $35M endorsements
2. LeBron James NBA $86.2M $55M endorsements
3. Lionel Messi Soccer $80M $27M endorsements
4. Roger Federer Tennis $64M $58M endorsements
5. Kevin Durant NBA $60.6M $34M endorsements
6. Andrew Luck NFL $50M $3M endorsements
7. Rory McIlroy Golf $50M $34M endorsements
8. Stephen Curry NBA $37.3M $35M endorsements
9. James Harden NBA $46.6M $20M endorsements
10. Lewis Hamilton Auto Racing $46M $8M endorsements

11. Drew Brees NFL $45.3M $14M endorsements
12. Phil Mickelson Golf $34.3M $40M endorsements
13. Russell Westbrook NBA $38.6M $12M endorsements
14. Sebastian Vettel Auto Racing $38.5M $500K endorsements
15. Damian Llilard NBA $38.4M $14M endorsements
16. Novak Djokovic Tennis $37.6M $28M endorsements
17. Tiger Woods Golf $37.1M 437M endorsements
18. Neymar Soccer $37M $22M endorsements
19. Dwayne Wade NBA $36.2M $13M endorsements
20. Fernando Alonso Auto Racing $36M $2M endorsements

21.Jordan Spieth Golf $34.5M $29M endorsements
22. Derrick Rose NBA $34.3M $23M endorsements
23. Usain Bolt Track $34.2M $32M endorsements
24. Gareth Bale Soccer $34M $11M endorsements
25. Conor McGregor MMA $34M $7M endorsements

26. Kei Nishikori Tennis $33.9M $30M endorsements
27. Fletcher Cox NFL $33.4M $75K endorsements
28. Clayton Kershaw MLB $33.3M $800K endorsements
29. Carmelo Anthony NBA $32.6M $8M endorsements
30. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Soccer $32M $5M endorsements

See the full list here.

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