• 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.


Top-Selling NBA Jerseys Dick's Sporting Goods (Season to Date)

1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

4. Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
9. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
10. Isaiah Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers
11. Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
12. Gordon Heyward Boston Celtics
13. Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
15. Al Horford Boston Celtics




Lists are based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in 2017 as compared to 2016.
1. Floyd Mayweather
2. Gordon Hayward
3. Aaron Boone
4. Paul George
5. Tony Romo
6. Aaron Judge
7. Gonzo Ball
8. Carmelo Anthony
9. Sergio Gracchia
10. Isaiah Thomas

Professional Sports Teams
1. New York Yankees
2. Houston Astros
3. Boston Celtics
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. New England Patriots
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Houston Rockets
10. Philadelphia Eagles


SEARCH + Topic Of Requested Search


CFB Title Games '21-24
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
NCAA: More Health $$$
Cancer Drives Home
NCAA Reballs Madness

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Shaq Not Resting During Summer Vacation

August 11, 2009: As if the recent trade from the Phoenix Suns to the Cleveland Cavaliers as LeBron James' new teammate did not get Shaquille O'Neal enough face time with fans and media, and the fact that he has more than 1.9 million followers on Twitter does not give him enough control of the newest form of new media, O'Neal has embarked on a nationwide tour to film segments of his upcoming reality show, Shaq Vs., and also has become an investor in GreenHouse, a San Diego based alternative green energy company. And did we mention his appearance in late July on WWE's Monday Night Raw (the same day he showed up unannounced at the White House to try to meet President Obama and was turned away by security), which was so successful he is being asked to come back.

O'Neal will film the third segment of Shaq Vs. on Aug. 13 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, about 35 miles west of St. Louis, where he will challenge Cardinals' all-star first baseman Albert Pujols to a home run derby. This past weekend he filmed a segment in which he teamed with Olympic gold medal volleyball player Todd Rogers in a challenge against Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in Huntington Beach, Calif. The match went to May-Treanor and Walsh, and Shaq said if he lost he would walk the beach in a pink Speedo. He made good, sort of, putting on a pink Speedo over his black full-body swimsuit.

The first segment of the reality show was taped July 24 with Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, where the two athletes went head-to-head in a 7-on-7 game with members of the Pittsburgh Colts semipro football team at a high school football field in Ambridge, Pa. That segment, which likely will be the premiere episode of Shaq. Vs. on ABC on Aug. 18, saw Team Roethlisberger defeat Team Shaq 21-14. However, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explained, "the 'magic' of television and the not-so-reality aspect of reality TV leaves that [score] up to interpretation."

The Shaq vs. Pujols home run derby will play out in front of a sold out T.R. Hughes Ballpark (home of the River City Rascals of the independent professional Frontier League), as some 4,000 tickets were given away by the team. The will be no media coverage allowed at the event, and fans in attendance will have to abide by strict rules, including "No cameras, cell phones (of any kind) or recording devices allowed in the stadium! Leave them in your car! " In addition, ABC Entertainment and the show's production companies, Media Rights Capital and Dick Clark Productions, issued this statement: "By attending you give your consent to for the production company, to use and publicize your voice, actions, likeness and appearance, in any manner. If you do not want to be filmed, do not attend."

Upcoming segments of Shaq Vs. also are scheduled to include swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis star Serena Williams and boxer Oscar de la Hoya. Shaq also has put out a call to Lance Armstrong (no official reply as of Aug. 11) and David Beckham, who has to date rejected O'Neal's invitation, which in turn led Shaq to post on his Twitter page such tweets as:

July 23: "Dear David Beckham. I know you have heard about my Shaq Vs show, anyway u will never score a goal on me. I challenge you, lil' man."

July 24: "David beckham I kno u hear me, dnt be scared, dnt make me call u out, u will never score a goal on me."

July 25: "Dear david beckham, dnt make me tweet to 2 million people that yur scared of shaq, u betta respnd, if u scared get a dog." And

July 28: "Official, today is David Beckham is scared of Shaq day, he should be scared, he can never score a goal on me."

O'Neal also has found time to invest in and promote GreenHouse, which claims to deliver sustainable fuel in an E-Fuel MicroFueler, a portable in-home micro-refinery system that turns organic waste into ethanol that currently goes for about $2 a gallon. "I tried it, I liked it," O'Neal said in a statement. "I flew to Southern California to see it first hand. It's cost effective and it works. Hopefully, with my presence people will look at (the fuel system) and they'll try it." Shaq said he is thinking about changing one of his many nicknames, Big Diesel, to Big Eth.

Shaq 'N' LeBron In Cleveland: Let The Rock 'N' Roll Marketing (And Tweets) Begin

Back to Home Page