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• Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell received 855,539 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl, as announced on NFL Network. Fan voting ended on Dec. 14. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (833,481 votes) was second.  The Top 5 also includes Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown (832,446 votes), Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (829,174 votes, injured and out for the season) and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees (743,355 votes). The 2018 Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed exclusively live on Dec. 19 live on NFL Network 8 PM ET). The 2018 Pro Bowl on Jan. 28, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET).
• 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, thru 2025.
• 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.

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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

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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

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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
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Top Male Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: Big Diesel The Center Of Marketing

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 21, 2016: At 7’1”, 340 lbs., Shaquille O’Neal fills a big space no matter what the location.

O’Neal, who retired from the NBA in 2011, this year began his fifth season with Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT Inside the NBA analysis show, alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

But that is only a piece of his current life and marketing pie.

Late last year, he signed a deal with Authentic Brands Group in New York for the rights to manage his name in endorsement and merchandise deals worldwide.

In recent months, O’Neal has signed pacts with American Express, The General (insurance), Wix (Web development) and Krispy Kreme, the latter as an owner (in Atlanta) and spokesman.

That is in addition to such alliances as Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Macy’s (men’s clothing), Zales (jewelry), Arizona Ice Tea, Sportcraft (arcade games), Zyloware Eyeware and Walmart (basketball shoes).

Industry analysts estimate he takes in close to $25 million via endorsement deals and has a net worth north of $325 million.

This year, the man whose self-bestowed nicknames include The Big Diesel, The Big Aristotle, Shaq-Daddy and Superman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

On Dec. 22, when his one of his former teams, the Los Angeles Lakers, played another of his former teams, the Miami Heat, the Heat retired his No. 32, which he wore while teaming with Dwyane Wade in 2005 to win the NBA title. Fittingly, he worked the game as an announcer for TNT.

The Lakers, for whom he was part of three NBA championships alongside Kobe Bryant, retired his Los Angeles No. 34 in 2013. The team said a statue of Shaq — nine feet tall and weighing 1,200 lbs. — would be unveiled outside of Staples Center in March.

Shaq’s Inside the NBA trademark “Shaqtin’ A Fool” segment is a standalone hit.

This past April, he made an appearance at WWE’s WrestleMania 32. He recently invested in NRG eSports.

"Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and we’re stoked to be working with him to help encourage consumers to support small businesses this holiday season through our Shop Small for 2X Rewards campaign, as well as partner with him on our larger NBA season sponsorship plans," Brad Minor, vp-global brand partnerships and experiential marketing for American Express, said a statement.

"Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and we’re stoked to be working with him."

And, has as been his tradition for many year, O’Neal changes to Shaq-A-Claus during the holiday season to work with Toy ‘R’ Us on its Toys for Tots Program. For Clothes4Souls, he and Macy’s donated 35,000 coats "to those in need."

"In addition to Shaquille’s status as a sports and entertainment icon and businessman, he is known for spreading joy, which aligns with our positioning and mission," Tony Thompson, president and CEO for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said in a statement. "We are confident this partnership will have a big impact for us in Atlanta and around the world."

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