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• 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.

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• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
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7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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Santa Has A Bag Of Unusual Presents To Give Players For NBA Xmas On ESPN

By Barry Janoff

December 11, 2017: Christmas is a holiday, and the NBA is big on TV and social media on Christmas.

But is Xmas the official holiday of the NBA?

ESPN says so, and they get support from Santa — or, at least, their Santa, played by actor/comic/writer Jon Glaser — who gets some NBA stars to sit on his lap as part of ESPN’s humorous campaign to support Christmas Day coverage on ESPN and ABC.

The NBA has five nationally televised games on Dec. 25, with the lone non-Disney-owned network game on TNT (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers).

This will be the 15th season that the NBA has five nationally televised games during Xmas and the fourth year of ESPN’s Santa campaign.

The new ESPN-ABC campaign features Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Nick Young (Golden State Warriors), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a guest appearance by Kristaps (The Unicorn) Porzingas of the New York Knicks.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles back in September.

Lead agency is Funworks.

In the spots, Glaser as a somewhat mischievous Santa has unusual presents for his NBA guests.

In “A Gift for Ben Simmons,” to support the 76ers playing the Knicks, Santa offers the young 76ers star a stuffed unicorn, which is adored with a photo of Porzinas, making Simmons less than happy.

In his spot, Nick Young has several requests in anticipation of the Warriors playing the Cavaliers in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals: “A win. A triple-double would be great. At least 48 points. A clean block on LeBron. I would like you to take me to space.”

“Sounds fun,” says Santa. “We got you this ($25) gift card.”

Santa has one-of-a-kind items in a spot for the Washington Wizards backcourt duo of Wall and Beal: An ugly Xmas sweater for John Wall with the word “Alley” on it and one for Beal with the word “Oops.”

“I’m not not wearing a sweater with the word “Oops on it,” says Beal. Santa has an option: “How about the matching Oops underwear?”

In “John Wall Dreams of Breaking Ankles,” Wall has his own gift. He is eating a gingerbread man and starts by breaking one of its ankles..

In the spot with JR Smith, Santa wants to give Smith a new name. “Everyone knows why you are called X-Factor (for being unpredictable). Not everyone knows why you are JR . . . Jumpshot Ron! Jumpshot Ronald!”

“No,” corrects JR. “ It stands for Junior.”

“You don’t want to jazz that up? “ asks Santa, who gives Smith a big yawn.

The campaign will run through Christmas Day. Support includes Internet, social media and ESPN on-air mentions.

NBA Xmas National TV Schedule

• Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks ESPN Noon (ET)
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors ABC 3 PM (ET)
• Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics ABC 5:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 8 PM (ET)
• Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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